In this lesson students will look at the very roots of jazz: ragtime music.
He didn’t know it at the time, but this son of a former slave set in motion a chain of events that would revolutionize music.
The Big Band era of the 1920’s through to the 1940’s is one of the prime focuses of this module of lessons.
Students will learn about what Big Band music meant in those times and the development of it through to today.
Jazz Musicians often don’t have a short career. That is so evident in the career of someone like Armstrong, who was around during the Big Band era, and was still popular throughout the 1970’s and 80’s.
More of the Big Band era is explored in this lesson on “The King of Swing”, Benny Goodman, who was the first of many artists to bring Jazz to Carnegie Hall, and a mainstream classical audience.
Students will enjoy the listening activities included with this lesson.
Students will learn more about the distinctive sounds of Swing, Jazz and Blues in this lesson.
There are also opportunities to talk about how Jazz is structured and how musicians use lead sheets and improvisation.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra was one of the most popular musical groups of the 1930’s and 40s, and this lesson exposes students to the standard big band repertoire they will surely experience sometime in their lifetime.
The “first lady of song” set the scene for female vocalists for many years to come, even today.
Learning about how she grew up, the important collaborations she had with other musicians and how a musician can become a singing superstar will really benefit your students.
Billie Holiday is credited with never singing the same song the same way twice. This will give opportunities for your class to discuss the importance of improvisation in all performance, no matter what style.
Students can learn about this amazingly talented singer, and learn all sorts of background on singing and Jazz at the same time.
Sarah Vaughan’s carreer spanned many years, and many styles of jazz.
One of the founders of modern jazz, this trumpet great is important to include in any discussion on jazz.
Students can learn about small ensemble jazz, improvisation and how musical groups are put together.
Where would a discussion on the history of Jazz be without looking at arguably the most famous Jazz Saxophonist who ever lived?
Parker’s influence and the development of the bebop style led Jazz in an entirely new direction in the 1950’s and 60’s.
Miles Davis is the quintessential “cool jazz” musician. This lesson gives students the opportunity to explore what it means to be “cool” on stage: The attitudes, the style and the behaviour that many rock musicians also copied.
This lesson explores the development of jazz, and the mixture of jazz with other styles to develop jazz-fusion.
Also a musician with an incredibly long career: learning about Herbie Hancock will help students understand more of what it takes to make a living a musician.
“The King of Blues” – No discussion on the subject of blues could ever be complete without him!
This lesson is a great bridge to rock music, as students will explore how B.B. has collaborated with so many artists of all different styles over the years.