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Students compare and contrast two songs by Dizzy Gillespie and identify elements of bebop. They construct a Web page about Gillespie and his music.
Students decide on favorite classroom songs to include in a book of sing-along song lyrics. In this book-making lesson, students cooperatively decide on their favorite songs from the year. They then work on illustrations that represent their chosen songs. The teacher copies and binds books for all class families, and the class plans and puts on a family sing-along program.
Students explore painting their feelings as they enjoy this musical art activity. In this early childhood visual art lesson, students use paint to respond to music.
Lao Tzu was the fabled author of the Toa te Ching, Lau Tzu is also the name of a large sculptural piece. Kids examine Mark di Suvero's larger-than-life sculptures in relation to the elements of art they've learner about. They examine each piece for color, line, space, and shape. They then analyze their own doodle art  in the same way.
Learn about each of the major players that contributed to each genre of modern/contemporary music. This slideshow covers the last 100 years in American music, from Gershwin to Michael Jackson, Folk to Reggae. Tip: It would be great to incorporate a few music clips so that children who haven't been exposed to these genres can understand the musical progression better. 
Students define the community of Harlem. They explain the growth of music in this area and identify important people who spearheaded this movement. They identify places where music grew in Harlem and establish a visual as well as an aural account of the musical history of this era.
Students probe the musical style of scat singing with imitation instruments. While listening to the musical pieces, they identify when one singer finishes and another begins. The singing groups' styles are contrasted in this lesson.
Students conduct research and present a part of Kansas City history to the class. They develop questions and ideas to initiate and refine research. They use technological tools and other resources to locate, select and organize information.
Students listen to recordings of early jazz and identify examples of ostinato and syncopation. They discuss important personalities from jazz cultures and take a quiz on aspects of jazz.
Students explore Bebop in America by listening to music and answering questions.
High schoolers examine the history of blues music and discover how it relates to the music of today. As a class, they listen to the drum songs of Africa and compare it to the use of drums in pop music today. Using the internet, they research the history of the blues and its early artists. To end the instructional activity, they write in their journals to reflect on the music.
Twelfth graders express themselves through poetry. They discover the connection between their music and the music of poetry and hear their work and how the sound of a poem or an analytical paper improves their written work. They develop public speaking skills.
In this music worksheet, students find the words that are associated with Jazz music and the answers are found by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
Jazz lessons can provide a look into history, and a way to talk about present day jazz musicians.
Students explore the life of a jazz musician.
Young scholars watch a video on improvisation. They improvise original melodies over given chord progressions. They develop criteria to evaluate the merits of improvisational performances and apply the criteria in their personal listening and performing.

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