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Grades 4-6 (Ages 10-12)

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Artie's Jazz PackArtie’s Jazz Pack
By Artie Almeida (Composer)

Grades 4–8 • Artie’s Jazz Pack includes a CD for use with the guided-listening activities, Teacher’s Guide with seven reproducible worksheets, and manipulatives for Jazz Term Concentration and Jazz Term Flashcards. 36 copies of the activity boards The Instruments of Jazz and Jazz Styles Dial are also provided, as are an overview of jazz styles, two WebVisits, a list of historical jazz greats and current jazz voices, and listening library and children’s literature suggestions. These teaching tools, all of which have been classroom-tested for appeal and effectiveness, will provide you with the necessary materials to teach your students about jazz in an enjoyable and effective manner. You may use any individual component by itself, or utilize the entire kit for a complete jazz instructional unit.

 

A Celebration of Black History Through Music from Spirituals to Hip-HopA Celebration of Black History Through Music from Spirituals to Hip-Hop
By Blair Bielawski (Author)

Introduce your students to the rich history of African-American music with "A Celebration of Black History through Music"…from spirituals to hip-hop. Featuring some of the most important musicians of each style of music covered, "A Celebration of Black History through Music" highlights how the roots of African-American music can be traced from the slave songs of the 1700s through hip-hop music of the 1970s and 80s, and demonstrates how this music has influenced and shaped the music of the world. Words alone will not do justice to any of the music described in this book. MP3 files containing audio examples of the featured music styles is included to allow your students to hear the music in the lessons. In addition, a discography, reproducible worksheets, extension activities, and a complete PowerPoint presentation are all included for use with your class.

 

Now’s the TimeNow’s the Time
Teaching Jazz to All Ages and the companion CD
By Doug Goodkin

Music educator Doug Goodkin makes a compelling case for including jazz in every child's education and offers a sequential approach for teaching it to all ages. Combining theory and practice, this book includes:

  • Integration with the Orff approach to music education
  • A developmental sequence for children between 3 and 14 years old applicable to beginners of all ages
  • Games, songs, speech pieces, body percussion and movement activities
  • Roots music, jazz blues, jazz standards and jazz compositions arranged for Orff instruments and other ensembles
  • Essential jazz theory and key historical, cultural and aesthetic background
  • A Middle School with sample student work.

 

Chop-Monster Jr.Chop-Monster Jr.
By Shelly Berg, Margaret Fitzgerald, and Kimberly McCord

Chop-Monster Jr. is a teacher's handbook that clearly outlines how to teach jazz to elementary classroom music students. No prior jazz experience is necessary for teachers or students. Imaginative call-and-response activities, movement, and circle games teach young people how to sing and play JAZZ! Students will be able to groove to and play jazz "swing" beats; vocalize and play swing eighth-notes; communicate musically through call-and-response; scat-sing and improvise one-, two- and three-note phrases; independently perform kid-sized jazz works.

 

 

Meet the Great Jazz LegendsMeet the Great Jazz Legends
Short Sessions on the Lives, Times & Music of the Great Jazz Legends
By Ronald C. McCurdy

Introduce a new generation of music enthusiasts to 17 legendary jazz artists who have enriched the world with their incredible talents. Dr. McCurdy's illuminating stories about the lives, times and music of these great jazz musicians span the entire twentieth century, from early New Orleans Jazz through the Golden Age of Swing plus the avant-garde and jazz fusion eras. Includes units on Louis Armstrong, James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus and Herbie Hancock. Now available with CD, students can listen to examples of each legend's recordings to fully understand the beauty of jazz music!

 

Jazz It Up!Jazz it Up!
by Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter

This collection features 10 songs by Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter, Australian music and jazz educators. K-8 students will sing, improvise and move to these jazzy tunes. The songs use a variety of elements of jazz - call-response, scat singing, improvisation, rhythm and blues with accompaniments by Australian music educators Susie & Phil. Activities are provided for each song at a variety of levels, so that the songs can be used for K-6. The songs can be performed with the performance/accompaniment CD, or the students can play many of the accompaniments using the Orff arrangements that are given. The collection includes reproducible vocals making this a very economical way to purchase vocal jazz music for your K-6 classroom or your elementary choir.

 

Jazz and Blues for KidsJazz and Blues for Kids
by Susie Davis-Splitter and Phil Splitter

More great jazz and blues songs for Grades 3-6 using many different elements: call-response, scat singing, improvisation, rhythm and blues, bossa nova, calypso, 5/4 time, 7/4 time, and syncopaiton. Orff arrangements and/or piano accompaniments are included for songs. Reproducible vocals and a perf/acc CD are included. This collection is suitable for the elementary choir or classroom.

 

Jazz Cats RecorderJazz Cats Recorder
By Brad Keller and Bonnie Rossa

This illustrated collection of 6 easy-medium jazz pieces for beginning and intermediate recorder players will teach your students about various jazz styles by playing jazzy pieces on the recorder. The kit includes reproducible song sheets, coloring pages for each song, a performance/accompaniment CD, and PowerPoints.

 

 

Jammin’ With The Jazz CatsJammin’ With The Jazz Cats
by Brad Keller and Bonnie Rossa

Jamin’ With the Jazz Cats Orff book and CSs systematically teaches 3rd-5th grade students to improvise stylistically correct solos. The songs and teaching processes internalize the unique rhythmic vocabulary of jazz. The 9-13 CD tracks for each song provide teachers with an easy and foolproof modeling and practice experience for their students. The teaching process and comprehensive CD tracks ensure that teachers without any previous jazz experience will confidently and effectively teach their students to improvise and perform.

 

 

The Jazz Cats Present the History of JazzThe Jazz Cats Present the History of Jazz
by Brad Keller and Bonnie Rossa

An engaging entrance to jazz history and theory as well as an introduction to the lives and recordings of many jazz legends. Each lesson of the Student Book is centered around a teacher assisted reading. The included Teacher Edition provides teaching process guidelines and assessment as well as suggested Listening Examples of legendary jazz recordings. (Audio CD not included)

 

 

Exploring the BluesExploring the Blues
Composer: Bradley Shank
Composer: Tom Anderson

Here is a valuable all-in-one resource that will help you introduce your students to this great American art form. Originally developed for Music Alive magazine, each topic includes a reproducible student article, reproducible activity pages (including listening maps, worksheets and other enrichment ideas), and a detailed National Standards-based lesson plan. All musical examples are included on the enclosed CD. Topics include: Birth of the Blues (W.C. Handy), Early Blues Guitarists (Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson and others), Women and the Blues, Now and Then (“Ma” Rainey, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin and others), The Blues Begin to Rock (Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton and others), Blues Across America, and a special section on blues greats: Bessie Smith, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King. Available: Book/CD Pak (w/ reproducible pages).

 

We Haz Jazz! (Musical)We Haz Jazz! (Musical)
Exploring the History of America's Own Music
Composer: John Jacobson
Composer: Kirby Shaw

Jazz is OUR MUSIC...the music of America! From New Orleans to Chi-town, from the cotton fields to the Cotton Club, you will learn about such jazz greats as Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and more! The six original songs and delightfully entertaining script in this 30-minute musical are ideal for elementary/middle school performers, and John Jacobson's choreography and staging are included right in the publication. Available: Teacher's Manual, Singer's Edition 5-Pak, Preview Cassette (full performance), Performance/Accompaniment Cassette and CD. Performance Time: 30 minutes. For Grades 4-8.

 

Junior Jazz - Beginning Steps to Singing Jazz (Collection)Junior Jazz - Beginning Steps to Singing Jazz (Collection)
Composer: Kirby Shaw

This is what you've been waiting for! Introduce your young singers to the basics of vocal jazz with three original songs illustrating a specific jazz concept. With educator notes included, this is an excellent introduction to an original American art form. Available: 2-Part, ShowTrax CD. Grades 3-8.

 

 

 

Junior Jazz II - Beginning Steps to Singing Jazz (Collection)Junior Jazz II - Beginning Steps to Singing Jazz (Collection)
Composer: Kirby Shaw

Kirby Shaw helps kids learn more about vocal jazz in this easy-to-sing and educational collection. Each original song focuses on a different aspect of jazz singing. Includes: Blue Notes, Teach Me To Swing, Scat Like That. Available: 2-Part, ShowTrax Cassette.

 

 

 

Junior Jazz III (Collection)Junior Jazz III (Collection)
Composer: Kirby Shaw

Here is #3 in a very successful series! Kirby Shaw helps kids learn more about vocal jazz in this easy-to-sing and educational collection. Each original song focuses on a different aspect of jazz singing. Includes: A La Mode; Jump, Jive and Jam; Schoolhouse Blues. Available: 2-Part, ShowTrax CD, Grades 3-8.

 

 

 

Gotta Be JazzGotta Be Jazz
Celebrate Jazz Classics: America's Music
Composer: John Higgins
Composer: John Jacobson
Arranger: Tom Anderson

What's that sound? It's full of surprise and honesty; joy and sadness, strength and improvisation ... it's gotta be jazz! And it's America's music! Experience the history and development from New Orleans up the Mississippi to Saint Louis and Chicago and around the world. Find out why original jazzers had interesting names like Dizzy, Satchmo, Lady Day, Jelly Roll and Yardbird! Jam-packed with jazz history and fun facts, this unique revue features an original theme song and 5 jazz classics in kid-friendly arrangements, narration for up to 50 or more speakers, riser choreography by John Jacobson and professionally-produced recordings in true jazz form! Extend learning further with “The Story of Jazz,” a spectacular full-color timeline and recorded history complete with narration and music excerpts of jazz standards spanning over a hundred years. Enjoy the sounds of Ragtime, Blues, Dixieland, Swing, Big Band, Bebop, and more! Jazz music is only a little over a hundred years old and it is always changing. Who knows what it might sound like in another hundred years? Available: Teacher Edition, Singer 20-Pak (in full color), Performance/Accompaniment CD, Classroom Kit (all components). Duration: ca. 20 minutes. Suggested for grades 4-8.

 

Meet the Great Jazz LegendsMeet the Great Jazz Legends
Short Sessions on the Lives, Times & Music of the Great Jazz Legends
By Ronald C. McCurdy

Introduce a new generation of music enthusiasts to 17 legendary jazz artists who have enriched the world with their incredible talents. Dr. McCurdy's illuminating stories about the lives, times and music of these great jazz musicians span the entire twentieth century, from early New Orleans Jazz through the Golden Age of Swing plus the avant-garde and jazz fusion eras. Includes units on Louis Armstrong, James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus and Herbie Hancock. Also available: Classroom Kit and Activity Sheets! The Activity Sheets are perfect for the classroom! 100% reproducible!

 

Jazz for Young People CurriculumJazz for Young People Curriculum
Written and Illustrated by Wynton Marsalis

Category: Textbook - Jazz
Format: 10-CD Set, Video, Teaching Guide & 30 Student Guides

This multimedia jazz appreciation kit is based on Jazz at Lincoln Center's popular Jazz for Young People™ concert series. Designed primarily for upper elementary and middle school students, it is also well-suited for high school and college music appreciation, introduction to jazz, and music education courses. The curriculum explores core concepts -- including improvisation, form, style, and swing -- and major figures in jazz through accessible, interactive lessons. Because it was written for both musicians and non-musicians, the Jazz for Young People Curriculum is perfect for any teacher who wants an entertaining and structured way to bring jazz into the classroom.

 

Let Freedom Swing
Collaboration by Jazz at Lincoln Center and Documentary Group and Teachers College Columbia University

The videos and study guide are designed for use in social studies, humanities, and music classes in grades 6-12, although teachers may be able to adapt the materials for use with younger children. Three key themes structure the videos and study guide: “We the People,” “E Pluribus Unum” (From Many, One), and “A More Perfect Union.” Each video is about six minutes in length. The study guide contains questions for discussion, teaching activities, and additional resources. The website contains the three videos, the study guide, information about the project, and additional print, digital, and video resources.

 

 

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