Louis Armstrong Teacher Resources
Find Louis Armstrong educational ideas and activities
Showing 1 - 20 of 149 resources
K-2: The Second Grade World of Louis Armstrong
Second graders explore Louis Armstrong's music. In this language arts activity, 2nd graders research different resources so that they can write a report on Louis Armstrong and his music. Additionally, students create illustrations of Louis Armstrong playing the trumpet, singing, and doing both.
Louis Armstrong Hot Five
Students investigate the history and development of jazz by studying the Louis Armstrong Hot Five. They listen to music and define how Armstrong strengthened the concept of the solo as a part of jazz. They complete guided listening lessons.
The Second Grade World of Louis Armstrong
Second graders explore cultural music by researching Louis Armstrong. In this Jazz history lesson, 2nd graders research the biography of Louis Armstrong and discuss his style of trumpet playing and singing. Students write a report about the great musician using illustrations and facts.
Rockin' Chair, Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden
Young scholars examine the life and music of Louis Armstrong, the first great jazz musician. The musical techniques of call and response is listened to and then copied in musical conversations in this lesson.
In this reading comprehension worksheet students read a biography of jazz musician Louis Armstrong. Students answer 6 questions.
Jazz Music and the Crisis Over School Desegregation
High schoolers will learn to appreciate the civil rights movement with a focus on Little Rock, Arkansas. They will also acknowledge Louis Armstrong's unparalleled contributions to American music.
Louis Armstrong: Sculptor of Sound
In this music activity on Louis Armstrong, students read about early jazz and Louis Armstrong, then complete 4 sentences using the information, team up with others and practice scat singing, and answer one "make connections" question.
Jazz Forms and Improvisation
Students listen to an original recording of Louis Armstrong and discuss instrumentation. They identify an AABA song form as they listen. They list similarities between the following: traditional meets modern and small group vs. big band.
Act 3: New York Introduction 1924-1925, Louis Armstrong
Students listen to and examine jazz recordings and listen for features (breaks and obbligato) that are typical of jazz music. In groups, they make up a short blues song of their own.
Ambassador Satch, Superb Entertainer: 1950-1971
Young scholars participated in guided listening lessons of Louis Armstrong's jazz music while interpreting his lyrics. They study his life as an entertainer and goodwill ambassador for the US.
Memorable Singer 1929-1949
Students examine how Louis Armstrong's fame spread from the African American community to the whole world. They examine how his singing style influenced both popular and jazz musicians by participating in guided listening of his musical pieces.
Exploring the Music of Louis Armstrong
Second graders explore the music of Louis Armstrong. In this music lesson, 2nd graders read the book If I Only Had a Horn and listen to examples of his music. Students work in small groups to create a scat-tune.
Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music in America - Louis Armstrong
Students listen to selections of New Orleans street band music. They explore the culture of New Orleans in the 1920's, and perform a closer examination of Armstrong's music.
Racism in Jazz
Students listen to the Louis Armstrong song, "What Did I Do to Be So Black and Blue?" and consider it as a protest song. They write in their journals about Armstrong, his music, and civil rights.
Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America Music In America
High schoolers study early New Orleans Jazz music and recognize Louis Armstrong as an early jazz artist. They recognize the elements and roots of Jazz.
Students work cooperatively to create a jazz composition using the computer program GarageBand and incorporating the musical stylings of musician Louis Armstrong. Internet access is required for this lesson plan.
Students discover the music of Louis Armstrong. In this jazz lesson, students are introduced to Armstrong's trumpet and vocal art in a matching game, then listen to a sampling of his music and respond in writing.
Fifth graders discover the history of African Americans by investigating the Harlem Renaissance. In this African American culture lesson, 5th graders identify the key African American artists and musicians in the 1920's and 30's, specifically Langston Hughes, Jacob Lawrence and Louis Armstrong. Students view, read and listen to the work by the artists and answer study questions.
Reading Comprehension: Louis Armstrong
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a short passage about Louis Armstrong, then answer 4 multiple choice questions. Answers are included.
Great Gatsby's Jazz
As Nick wanders the grounds of Gatsby's mansion, he observes the behaviors of the rowdy guests and listens to the music pouring over the lawn. Bring the music of the jazz age into the classroom with Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues," Duke Ellington's "The Mooch," and Jelly Roll Morton's "Black Bottom Stomp." Groups compare the music of the three and dance to the music. You don't need to be a music major to engage your pupils in this activity because complete directions are included.