What Is Jazz? - History, Characteristics & Instruments


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In what city did jazz originate?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of improvisation?

2. Which musical style of jazz originated in New Orleans?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

More than just music, jazz is considered one of the few art forms to originate in America. These questions will assess you on the rich history of this musical style, including the origins, influences, and instruments of the early jazz ensemble.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools will measure your knowledge of:

  • Birthplace of jazz
  • Characteristics of improvisation
  • Early style of jazz
  • Types of music that influenced the creation of the musical style

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the history and characteristics of jazz
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding musical styles which influenced the development of jazz music
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the instruments used in jazz

Additional Learning

The related lesson, What is Jazz? - History, Characteristics, & Instruments, will provide you with more information on jazz and help you ensure your understanding of topics covered in the quiz. As you view the lesson, guide your understanding with these objectives:

  • Describe the defining qualities of this style of music
  • Understand ways that other musical styles influenced the form
  • Identify the characteristics of early jazz bands
  • Learn the names of some famous performers