Ch 24: Jazz Music Lesson Plans

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The Jazz Music chapter of this Introduction to the Humanities Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach the history, styles and most common musicians of the Jazz era in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

9 Lessons in Chapter 24: Jazz Music Lesson Plans
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Elements of Jazz: Swing, Syncopation, Styles & History

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.

Jazz Masters: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter & More

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.

Duke Ellington: Music, Piano & Big Band

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.

Louis Armstrong: Music, Trumpet & Vocal Style

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.

Charlie Parker: Jazz Styles, Saxophone & Improvisation

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.

Miles Davis: Compositions, Improvisation and Trumpet

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.

Dizzy Gillespie: Compositions, Trumpet & Latin Jazz

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.

Ella Fitzgerald: Songs, Improvisational Style & Vocal Phrasing

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.

What Is Pitch in Music? - Definition & Concept

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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