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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding jazz elements, instruments and musicians
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning music (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about jazz music
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra music learning resources
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- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the Jazz Music chapter exam.
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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a jazz music unit of a standard introductory music course. Topics covered include:
- Swing and syncopation elements
- Duke Ellington and big band music
- Louis Armstrong's vocal style
- Charlie Parker's jazz styles and improvisation
- Miles Davis compositions
- Dizzy Gillespie and Latin jazz
- Ella Fitzgerald's vocal phrasings and style
1. Elements of Jazz: Swing, Syncopation, Styles & History
Jazz music may be difficult to define, but it does have some common elements that help characterize it. Explore the elements, styles, and history of American jazz music and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. Jazz Masters: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter & More
Jazz is one of the most American of art forms, and it has helped to define the country's culture. In this lesson, we will take a look at a few of the masters of the genre and how they made an impact on music of the twentieth century.
3. Duke Ellington: Music, Piano & Big Band
Duke Ellington was a famous American composer and musician of the 20th century with an incredible role in the history of jazz. Explore his life and legacy, and then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Louis Armstrong: Music, Trumpet & Vocal Style
Louis Armstrong is arguably one of the most famous jazz musicians in American history. Come check out his musical style and legacy, then test yourself with a brief quiz.
5. Charlie Parker: Jazz Styles, Saxophone & Improvisation
Despite dying at age 34, Charlie Parker made an important impact on the genre of jazz. Among the most important of these was improvisation, which influenced other jazz musicians as well as the hipster subculture of the 1940s.
6. Miles Davis: Compositions, Improvisation and Trumpet
Miles Davis (1926-1991) was a legendary trumpeter and composer who pioneered the genres of bebop and jazz fusion. Learn about his career, albums, and improvisational work in jazz, then test yourself.
7. Dizzy Gillespie: Compositions, Trumpet & Latin Jazz
In this lesson, you will explore the performance and composition styles of jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Then, you'll be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.
8. Ella Fitzgerald: Songs, Improvisational Style & Vocal Phrasing
Ella Fitzgerald was one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. In this lesson, you'll explore her personal style and discover where she fits in the history of jazz. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.
9. 12 Bar Blues: Chords, Pattern & Examples
As a musical framework, 12-bar blues allows musicians without prior musical interaction to play together. This lesson will show you how to make a 12-bar blues pattern, and provide some examples of some famous musicians who used this chord progression.
10. Artie Shaw: Biography & Music
Learn about the life and work of American musician, composer, band leader, and author Artie Shaw, 'King of Clarinet.' Uncover the details of his impact on swing music and integration, and his colorful personal life and interesting personality.
11. Benny Goodman: Biography, Songs & Music
In this lesson, you will learn about Benny Goodman, one of the most famous jazz clarinetists and bandleaders of all time. You'll learn about his life, songs and achievements before testing your new knowledge with a brief quiz.
12. Bessie Smith: Biography, Songs & Facts
Have you ever wanted to sing the blues? In this lesson, untangle some of the myths and learn about the career of Bessie Smith, one of the greatest females blues singers in history. From humble beginnings, she rose to the height of fame in the Roaring Twenties.
13. Big Band: Music, Leaders & Singers
This lesson is a survey of the big band. It will teach you the instrumentation and tradition, and introduce you to some of the most important bandleaders and big band singers in history.
14. Big Joe Turner: Biography & Songs
In this lesson, we'll discuss the life and works of blues legend Big Joe Turner. Learn about how Kansas City native used his distinctive big voice and the unique character of his hometown's jazz scene to create a career that spanned decades.
15. Billie Holiday: Biography, Songs & Facts
Billie Holiday came from a very troubled and rough past, but was able to rise above her start to become one of the world's greatest improvisational singers.
16. Billy Strayhorn: Biography, Songs & Compositions
Some people grow up knowing exactly what they want to do in life. In this lesson, learn about pianist and composer Billy Strayhorn, who wrote for and collaborated with Duke Ellington on some of his biggest hits.
17. Charlie Parker: Biography, Songs & Death
This lesson will go over the career and legacy of musician Charlie Parker. We will explore his innovations and contributions to modern jazz, as well as his troubled biography.
18. Cole Porter: Biography, Songs & Musicals
American composer Cole Porter (1891-1964) was a creative genius whose life was marked by wealth, secrecy, struggles, triumphs, and tragedy. Learn how he made an impact on popular music during the first half of the 20th century.
19. Congo Square in New Orleans: History, Theatre & Rhythms Festival
Congo Square is a profoundly important part of New Orleans and African American history. Through this lesson, you will learn some of the square's history and explore the various types of celebrations held there over the years.
20. Cool Jazz: History, Characteristics & Musicians
You may think that all jazz music is cool, but did you know that there are many sub-genres of jazz music? This lesson explores the characteristics of the cool jazz movement and introduces you to some of its most influential musicians.
21. Dave Brubeck: Biography & Songs
Dave Brubeck was an innovative American composer who left a lasting legacy in jazz. A deeply religious man who fought for civil rights, Brubeck applied his love of music to help connect people.
22. Dizzy Gillespie: Biography, Songs, Albums & Facts
This lesson will introduce you to Dizzy Gillespie, the groundbreaking jazz trumpeter who has been called 'The Inventor of Bebop.' You will learn about his life, his music, and the list of collaborators with whom he revolutionized jazz.
23. Duke Ellington: Biography, Songs & Facts
In this lesson, you will learn about Duke Ellington, an American jazz legend. His musical works were known for their elegance and sophistication and influenced not just the development of jazz, but all music.
24. Ella Fitzgerald: Biography, Songs & Awards
In this lesson you will learn about one of the greatest American jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald. She was gifted with a stunningly beautiful voice, and her recordings are universally beloved, even after her death.
25. Fletcher Henderson: Biography & Songs
In this lesson, you'll learn about the career and music of Fletcher Henderson, a pianist, bandleader, and arranger. In the 1920s, he became one of the pioneering figures of jazz and swing music.
26. Improvisation in Music: Definition, Rules & Techniques
A quintessential component of many contemporary musical genres, this lesson will examine the rules and techniques for improvisation in music. Afterward, test your knowledge with a short quiz.
27. James P. Johnson: Biography & Music
In this lesson, learn about the career and music of James P. Johnson, a New Jersey native who played a mean piano. He originated a style of jazz called stride and wrote compositions in several musical genres.
28. Jelly Roll Morton: Biography, Songs & Music
This lesson will articulate the historical significance of Jelly Roll Morton in the development of jazz. The important events of his life will be detailed and his most famous compositions will be listed.
29. John Coltrane: Biography, Songs & Death
This lesson will review the life and music of John Coltrane, the American jazz saxophonist whose work changed the direction of music forever. Learn about his personal journey, his music and ideas, and the evolution of this jazz giant.
30. Lester Young: Biography & Songs
In this lesson learn how Lester Young, who began his career by playing in his family's band and became a star in the Kansas City jazz scene. Read about how Young used his tenor saxophone to create new sounds in jazz.
31. Louis Armstrong: Biography, Songs & Facts
When it comes to 20th-century jazz, Louis Armstrong was the man! This innovational composer and musician helped to define American jazz, and his legacy still influences musicians today.
32. Miles Davis: Biography, Songs & Death
This lesson will teach you about Miles Davis, the influential jazz trumpeter and composer. You'll learn about his beginnings in jazz, as well as his innovative experiments with rock, pop, and electronic music.
33. The Cotton Club: History, Performers & Harlem Renaissance
The Cotton Club was an essential part of the Harlem nightlife in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. In this lesson, we will discuss the rich history of the club and learn about many famous musicians whose careers were launched there.
34. What Is Jazz? - History, Characteristics & Instruments
Jazz is considered America's gift to music, but what exactly is jazz? When and where did it start? What instruments are used in jazz music? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson.
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