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Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For
Students examine the basic characteristics of jazz, and its relationship to African-American culture and history. They listen to examples of jazz, conduct research, and create a 20th century timeline of music and historical events.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 53 Downloads
Smithsonian Jazz Class: Ella Fitzgerald
Students play "Ella's Match Game" to learn an overview of Fitzgerald's life and career. In this Ella Fitzgerald lesson, students listen to excerpts of Fitzgerald's music and respond by creating writing prompts.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 9 Downloads
Lady Sings the Blues
Young scholars explore women and music in the 20th century. In this music lesson, students study the relationship between literature and music through The Color Purple and music by Ethel Waters, MA Rainey, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Janis Joplin.
8th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 36 Downloads
The Jazz Age Featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Others
Fifth graders view pictures of jazz age performers. In this jazz history lesson, 5th graders discuss the difference between primary and secondary sources, view a PowerPoint presentation of great jazz musicians and discuss what they see.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 11 Downloads
The Harlem Renaissance or "If Renaissance Means Rebirth, Where Is the Baby?"
Students examine the significance of the Harlem Renaissance. In this African American history lesson, students investigate images and biographies about African Americans who contributed writing and art during the time period. Students use KWL charts and notes to determine how the work of artists and writers reflected the changing society.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 8 Views 59 Downloads
Jazz and World War II: A Rally to Resistance, A Catalyst for Victory
Students examine the impact of WWII on the development of jazz music and consider how jazz music helped to boost morale of both soldiers and those left at home. They identify the function of jazz as a cultural export and discuss its worldwide effects.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 17 Downloads
Tradition through storytelling and music
Learners discover how storytelling can shape a person's tradition.Students examine different methods of storytelling such as music, biographies, and African folktales. They then demonstrate their knowledge of storytelling by writing their own verses of lyrics to a blues song.
4th - 6th Language Arts 4 Views 19 Downloads
Draw Me the Music
Students explore and investigate the foundation and history of jazz music. They listen to various pieces of music while creating drawings, develop a timeline of jazz history, and read and discuss biographies of famous jazz musicians.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 32 Downloads
Jazz in America Lesson Plan 5
Students survey Bebop and identify the basic terms associated with jazz.They experience the music of Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday and participate in a class discussion regarding jazz's contribution to and reflection of American culture in the 1940s and early '50s.
10th - 11th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 15 Downloads
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.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 21 Views 134 Downloads
Jazz and Math: Improvisation Permutations
Students explore the various rhythmic combinations in jazz and blues music. They watch a video segment, apply a mathematical formula to calculate the number of possible rhythmic combinations, and perform a combination of notes and rhythm on a keyboard.
5th - 12th Math 21 Views 124 Downloads