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K lambert ppt_jazz_lesson


Music ed powerpoint on jazz

Music ed powerpoint on jazz

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  • This unit should be taught to children for a number of reasons. The most important reason is that Jazz is America's original art form, and children should be made aware of its help in the making of today's popular music. It teaches students things such as improvisation, syncopated rhythms, and swing styles of music. Once students grasp the concept of jazz, it will be easier for them to understand all other forms of music that come after it. Some of the main ideas that should stick are: steady tempo, improvisation, swing style, early American history, syncopated rhythms, instrumental communication, learning the different instrument families, learning about the blues and its role in making Jazz music, intonation, singing with feeling, and telling a story by playing and singing, and knowing some early Jazz performers/composers.


  • 1. A Brief Look at Jazz A unit plan by Kyle Lambert
  • 2. Warm up and extraSlide Whistle‘Oh my, No More Pie’Salami game
  • 3. Lesson 1Students will be able to keep a steady beat and know the differencebetween straight and swing feels.Essential foundation to understanding JazzFinding the beat on their own‘ta’ and ‘ti’ become ‘doo’ and ‘doo-bah’ ( horse gallop)Use of clapping, snapping, rhythm sticksSinging/playing ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’, and seeing Ella Fitzgerald performitElla Fitzgerald
  • 4. Lesson 2Students will be able to read and sing syncopated rhythms in tune withone another/the teacher.Syncopation = the core of swingSkip in the beatAdd pitch to syncopation, becomes ostinatoSing ‘Apples and Bananas’ to new ostinato, played on glocks/xylosListen for syncopation in big band recordings Groove Merchant – Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band Concerto For Cootie – Duke Ellington - LCJO
  • 5. Lesson 3Students will be able to show how Jazz evolved from Blues, and be able to describewhy jazz was important in the early development of AmericaListen to early African American spiritualsPaul Robeson, Swing LowHow music today would be without jazzExplain bluesLouis Armstrong, West End BluesFreddie Hubbard, BirdlikeCompose own blues
  • 6. Lesson 4Students will be able to name some early jazzcomposers/performers, and be able to draw/describe howthey think the players feel when they play.Buddy BoldenLouis ArmstrongSidney BechetDuke Ellington
  • 7. Lesson 5Students will be able to improvise with one another or to arecording at some level, and also be able to name theinstruments/instrument families that belong in a classicDixie Land jazz bandImprovise on xylos over ostinato patternGood for assessmentName instruments/families
  • 8. The End!