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Below is a sample breakdown of the Jazz Music chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||The history and styles of jazz||Origin of jazz music; musical styles such as improvisation, scat, syncopation and swing|
|Tuesday||Overview of jazz masters||Discussion of performers and composers including Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong|
|Wednesday||Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong||Big band composer and pianist; vocal style, scat/solo improvisation and trumpeter|
|Thursday||Charlie Parker and Miles Davis||Bebop saxophonist, improvisation style and chordal complexity; cool jazz/jazz fusion trumpeter and composer, improvisation style|
|Friday||Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald||Latin jazz composer and trumpeter; female presence, vocal phrasing, songs and improvisation 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 your remembrance of the lesson's details.
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. What Is Pitch in Music? - Definition & Concept
This lesson will explore the concept of musical pitch, which is generally thought of as the 'highness' or 'lowness' of a sound. Together with amplitude, duration, and tone color, pitch is one of the four basic elements of all musical sounds.
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