Grades K-3 (Ages 5-9)

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The Flying Jazz KittensThe Flying Jazz Kittens
by Sherry Luchette

The Flying Jazz Kittens Book/CD set contains music and ideas to explore jazz style rhythms and beginning improvisation activities for children in the elementary music classroom, PreK-8.

It is designed for the elementary music teacher who is looking for some fun, hands-on activities in the area of jazz music to incorporate into their curriculum. No prior jazz experience is necessary. All of the activities in this book have been tested in the music classroom and edited with the help of other music teachers, jazz musicians and many classroom experiments.


Freddie the Frog® and the Flying Jazz Kittens
Freddie the Frog® and the Flying Jazz Kitten
by Sharon Burch, illustrated by Tiffany Harris

Freddie the Frog® finds adventure again when some cool jazz cats fly their plane to Treble Clef Island to pick up a new horn. With the help of the Flying Jazz Kitten and a swingin' beat, Freddie becomes a jazz sensation. Freddie the Frog® and the Flying Jazz Kitten introduces children to jazz through interactive scat. The enclosed audio CD includes the dramatized story, sing-along songs and an instrumental blues track to create your own special scat. Ages 4-9.


Now's the Time
Now’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 jazz curriculum with sample student work.


Chop Monster

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.



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 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 CD’s 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.



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).



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