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Dear music teaching friend,

You know how it is. Your students think that anything other than ROCK music just isn't cool. Many of them think that all music started with the Beatles and Elvis Presley, and that before that there wasn't any music!

Depending on your own musical development, you may love jazz or you may hate jazz. Music is such a diverse thing that one music teacher's background may be totally different from anothers.

One thing that is certain though, is that jazz and blues played an important part in the development of modern music from the late 1800's through to today. Throughout the great depression and the war years jazz played a vital part in keeping the morale of people up, and provided the backdrop that allowed rock and roll to emerge in the 1950's and 60's.

Whether you love it or hate it, exposing students to jazz and blues is a vital part of their musical education. Letting them know who jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald are, and what they did for the development of music will really help their overall musical development.

In this module you'll get 14 prepared lessons featuring a fact sheet, a fun style worksheet and lesson planning ideas. It doesn't matter if you know a lot about jazz or nothing about jazz - This module will still give you what you need to teach it to a class of middle school/junior high or high school students.

Here is the breakdown of the lessons:

Lesson Plan on Scott Joplin Ragti Musime Music

Lesson One
Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin 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.

n Plan on Duke Ellington

Lesson Two
Duke Ellington

Duke EllingtonThe 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.

Lesson plan on Louis Armstrong and Big Band Jazz

Lesson Three
Louis Armstrong

Louis ArmstrongJazz 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.

Lesson Plan on Benny Goodman and Jazz Clarinet

Lesson Four
Benny Goodman

Benny GoodmanMore 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.

Lesson Plan on Big Band Music and Count Basie

Lesson Five
Count Basie

Count BasieStudents 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.

Lesson Plans on Wartime Music with Glenn Miller

Lesson Six
Glenn Miller

Glenn MillerThe 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.

Lesson Plans about Ella Fitzgerald

Lesson Seven
Ella Fitzgerald

Ella FitzgeraldThe "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.

Lesson Plans about Billie Holiday

Lesson Eight
Billie Holiday

Billie HolidayBillie 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.

Music Lesson about Sarah Vaughan

Lesson Nine
Sarah Vaughan

Sarah VaughanStudents 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.

Music Lessons about Dizzy Gillespie

Lesson Ten
Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy GillespieOne 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.

Music Lessons about Charlie Parker

Lesson Eleven
Charlie Parker

Charlie ParkerWhere 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.

Lesson Materials about Miles Davis

Lesson Twelve
Miles Davis

Miles DavisMiles 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.

Lesson Plans about Herbie Hancock and Jazz fusion music

Lesson Thirteen
Herbie Hancock

Herbie HancockThis 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.

Blues Lesson Plans about BB King

Lesson Fourteen
B.B. King

BB King"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.

Choose between complete Fact Sheets and "Fill in the Blanks" versions

Every lesson contains two fact sheets, and it is your choice on which you use. You can have the full fact sheet, with the complete story written on it for the students to read together;

OR... You can have a "fill in the blanks" factsheet where students will have to fill in key points during the lesson. This is aligned perfectly with the included powerpoint presentations which are demonstrated below.

Fill in the blanks and normal factsheets included

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Bonus #1

Extra Lesson Content

This module contains everything needed for fourteen enjoyable lessons on the history of jazz and blues, through studying these amazing jazz musicians.

bonus Items include:

Module Glossary

This annotated glossary includes all the terms which may be unfamiliar to the students, which are found throughout the fact sheets.

Jazz Music Glossary of Terms
Answered Versions of Jazz Music Worksheets

Answered Versions of all Fun Sheets

You'll know all the answers here with the answers to every single crossword and puzzle in the unit.

Students should be able to be self directed in their learning with the woksheets, and these answer pages will certainly help the teacher!

Compiled Student Workbook

Ready to print student workbook with all fact sheets, fun sheets, listening logs and the glossary, ready to print out and bind for the entire modules work for the students

Workbook of Music Lessons on Jazz and Blues


Bonus #2

Powerpoint Slides Ready to use

We have prepared Powerpoint slides ready for you to load into your data projector or use with your digital whiteboard.

The presentations work hand-in-hand with the "fill in the blanks" factsheets so that students can run through the material with the teacher in the class, and fill in the important key information on their fact sheet at the same time.


Bonus #3 - Online Resources Area

In the members area website we have a special resources area, with links to purchase recordings of the artist's music, plus links to find the resources on freely available sites, such as YouTube.

Resources Area for Jazz and Blues

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Bonus #4

Completion Assessments

If you're teaching about the history of Jazz and Blues you may need a completion assessment or final test or exam.

Because these units are used for many different year levels we have provided a choice of three different assessments:

Level "E"
Easy Assessment Page

Suitable for upper elementary/primary students who have been working through this unit

Level "S"
Standard Assessment Page

Suitable for junior high school students who have done the entire course as an overview

Level "A"
Advanced Assessment Page

Suitable for junior high or high school students who have studied the work in detai

You can of course use more than one of these assessments if appropriate for your students. Like all of our resources, it is up to the teacher how best to implement them in the classroom.


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Frequently asked Questions:

Do I have to know anything about Jazz?

Absolutely not! Hopefully we've made these worksheets as easy to use as possible, so that they can be used straight "out of the box" and even given to substitute teachers who know nothing about music.

Even if you do have a good knowledge of jazz styles and jazz musicians these worksheets will help you as they do all your lesson preparation and give you quality resources to give the students.

Are there included recordings?

No - this product includes printable materials and powerpoint presentations only. If we were to seek out the rights to distribute recordings of each one of these artists the product would probably cost ten times the amount it does now. What we can do is provide links to freely available recordings on YouTube, and links to purchase individual tracks from iTunes from as little as 99c per track.

How long does each lesson last?

You can make each lesson last more than one lesson if you wish - there are ample ideas in the lesson plan segments to last a few weeks if you wish.

What age levels are this suitable for?

This module is designed for Junior high school level (Ages 12-14), but it can easily be used for other age levels. In the lesson plan ideas you'll find both ideas for younger students and ideas for older students. It is up to you to pick and choose what is most appropriate for your teaching situation.

How easy is it to print out and prepare?

You can
print out just what you need for each lesson in advance, or if you wish you can print out the entire student workbook included and bind it for them at the beginning of the course.

How much is it?

Printable Music Lesson Plans Modules are $39.95 USD per module. This includes all 14 lessons, all the printable bonuses and powerpoint presentations.

What are the terms of the printing license?

You can print out as much as you need for your teaching. The only restriction is that you cannot re-sell or share the license with anyone else.

What if my students don’t like it?

If you find you can’t use these materials just contact us for a no-questions-asked refund.


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Printable Music Lesson Plans Module Four
Great Artists of Jazz and Blues

14 Lessons covering the history of jazz by looking at individual artists who have influenced its development.

Lesson One Scott Joplin
Lesson Two Duke Ellington
Lesson Three Louis Armstrong
Lesson Four Benny Goodman
Lesson Five Count Basie
Lesson Six Glenn Miller
Lesson Seven Ella Fitzgerald
Lesson Eight Billie Holiday
Lesson Nine Sarah Vaughan
Lesson Ten Dizzy Gillespie
Lesson Eleven Charlie Parker
Lesson Twelve Miles Davis
Lesson Thirteen Herbie Hancock
Lesson Fourteen B.B. King


Bonus Lesson Content
Module Glossary
Compiled Student Workbook
Answer Key


Bonus Powerpoint Presentations

Prepared & Customizable Presentations for all 14 lessons


Bonus Resources Area

Helpful links to recordings and other resources


Bonus #4 Completion Assessments (3 to choose from)


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