Ch 6: Jazz & Ragtime Lesson Plans & Activities

About This Chapter

Plan jazz and ragtime lessons with these helpful music lesson plan outlines. These convenient teacher resources can also help you engage your students with fun jazz and ragtime music activities in class.

Jazz & Ragtime Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This collection of lesson plans is designed to help you plan/supplement your music curriculum and teach your students the most important information about jazz and ragtime music. These lessons can function as in-class teaching tools that will engage your students and help them learn about the genres' history, artists and musical qualities. Inside the chapter, you'll find lesson plans that cover several jazz and ragtime topics, including:

  • The history of jazz and ragtime music
  • Jazz's musical characteristics and elements
  • Important ragtime composers

How It Helps

  • Additional resources: Offers in-class teaching tools that can engage your student's curiosity and understanding of these musical genres
  • Activities or games: Includes fun games that can help students have fun learning about jazz music
  • Curriculum standards: Makes sure your music lessons go over essential information related to jazz and ragtime's history, composers and musical characteristics

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning jazz and ragtime lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific jazz and ragtime topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your jazz and ragtime class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related jazz and ragtime lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important jazz and ragtime concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant music-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

24 Lessons in Chapter 6: Jazz & Ragtime Lesson Plans & Activities
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Jazz Lesson Plan

1. Jazz Lesson Plan

Jazz music has deep roots in our culture. Text and video lessons describe the genre for students and an activity gives them a chance to feel the music.

Scott Joplin Lesson Plan

2. Scott Joplin Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you teach about different music genres, as it explores Scott Joplin, one of the founding fathers of ragtime music. Students will read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Scott Joplin: Biography, Songs & Facts

3. Scott Joplin: Biography, Songs & Facts

This lesson will go over Scott Joplin and the influence he had on American music. Joplin was an African American piano player and a composer in the late 1800s and early 1900s and has been recognized as one of the founding fathers of the ragtime musical genre.

Scott Joplin Lesson Plan for Elementary School

4. Scott Joplin Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the musician Scott Joplin. Students will read a text lesson that outlines his life and musical career before they practice their sequencing skills and then show their understanding with an activity.

Scott Joplin Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

5. Scott Joplin Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Scott Joplin was a famous composer and musician. In this lesson, learn about Scott Joplin's life, discover how he became interested in music, and find out about his musical accomplishments.

Elements of Jazz: Swing, Syncopation, Styles & History

6. 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.

What Is Jazz? - History, Characteristics & Instruments

7. 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.

Harlem Renaissance Music Lesson Plan

8. Harlem Renaissance Music Lesson Plan

Activities in this lesson plan involve students in the study of the music of the Harlem Renaissance. Students learn about famous musicians and create multimedia presentations to share this information with their classmates.

Harlem Renaissance Music: Artists & History

9. Harlem Renaissance Music: Artists & History

This lesson provides a brief introduction to the Harlem Renaissance and focuses on the music of the movement, including a more detailed description of five of its most prominent performers.

Jazz Music Activities for Kids

10. Jazz Music Activities for Kids

Jazz is an art form that most people have heard of, but few know much about. This lesson provides teachers with classroom activities specifically designed to teach kids about jazz music.

George Gershwin Lesson Plan

11. George Gershwin Lesson Plan

Educate your students about George Gershwin and his brother Ira Gershwin with this lesson plan. Students will study a text lesson, take a related follow-up quiz, and participate in activities to reinforce main concepts.

Ragtime Lesson Plan

12. Ragtime Lesson Plan

Are your students familiar with ragtime music? This lesson plan helps to define ragtime and its music through the use of an interesting text lesson and a group research activity.

Ragtime Music: Definition, Composers & History

13. Ragtime Music: Definition, Composers & History

Learn about ragtime music, from its plantation roots to World War I. Meet some of the many composers and become acquainted with some of the music they wrote and then test your knowledge with a quiz!

Syncopation Lesson Plan

14. Syncopation Lesson Plan

Are your students familiar with the term 'syncopation'? This lesson plans explains this musical technique through a video lesson while an activity gives them a chance to demonstrate comprehension.

Syncopation: Definition & Examples

15. Syncopation: Definition & Examples

The element of surprise makes life interesting. In the rhythm of music, the element of surprise is called syncopation. Learn about the various ways to use syncopation for greater effect.

Louis Armstrong Lesson Plan

16. Louis Armstrong Lesson Plan

Learning about Louis Armstrong can be a fun time in your classroom. This lesson plan uses a video and text lesson to teach content and launches your students into discussions and an interactive learning experience.

Louis Armstrong: Music, Trumpet & Vocal Style

17. 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.

Duke Ellington Lesson Plan

18. Duke Ellington Lesson Plan

Are your students familiar with the music of Duke Ellington? This lesson plan uses both text and video lessons to connect students with the man and his work. A group activity brings Duke Ellington's music to life and allows students to interpret its impact.

Duke Ellington: Biography, Songs & Facts

19. 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.

Duke Ellington: Music, Piano & Big Band

20. 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.

Silent Movie Music Lesson Plan

21. Silent Movie Music Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, we help our students understand the importance of music in silent films through experiencing silent films and discussing their music both in small groups and as part of the class.

Blues Music Lesson Plan

22. Blues Music Lesson Plan

What are the key characteristics of blues music? This lesson plan uses a fact-based video lesson to summarize blues music and its history. A hands-on activity places students in the roles of composer and musician.

What Is Blues Music? - Definition, History & Artists

23. What Is Blues Music? - Definition, History & Artists

What is blues music and how did it originate? In learning the answers to these questions, you will also meet some early blues musicians and their music.

History of Jazz Lesson Plan

24. History of Jazz Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn about the early history of jazz. They will apply this knowledge by curating their own musical exhibits on jazz history.

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