This Jazz unit also includes:

Over the history of the world, music has been at the heart of some of the greatest social and political movements. Scholars discover their musical roots as they dive into the sounds and emotions of renowned jazz players. They see how America's own freedom and style of music, from artists like Louis Armstrong, would inspire generations of listeners and performers.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Invite school musicians, possibly a jazz band, to play for the class
  • Have a musician come to speak with the students about jazz and compare their own songs and sounds to those of the greats
Classroom Considerations

  • Laminate multiple worksheets on the individual performers for repeated use and handling
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  • Contains reproducible worksheets 

  • 2001 PBS video is not included and will need to be located by the teacher prior to the lessons