Duke Ellington: Music, Piano & Big Band


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How did Duke Ellington first become known as an accomplished pianist?

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1. What was the Harlem Renaissance?

2. What is a Big Band?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Gauge what you know about Duke Ellington with this worksheet and quiz. Identifying the type of music he wrote at the age of 15 and understanding the Harlem Renaissance are just some of the things on which you'll be focusing.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To make proper use of these study tools, the following will help to guide you:

  • Explain what comprises a Big Band
  • Understand why most of Ellington's compositions were three minutes in length
  • Identify how Ellington termed his own music

Skills Practiced

These skills will be exercised:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Duke Ellington
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding big bands
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Ellington's music

Additional Learning

Looking to gain more knowledge on Duke Ellington? The related lesson is here for your benefit. It's called Duke Ellington: Music, Piano & Big Band, and it covers the following:

  • Know Ellington's full name
  • Recognize his nickname and the time period of his popularity
  • Understand how Ellington influenced music by forming big bands