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LESSONS 4-6

Lesson 4 [Instruments and styles]
Aim: To learn about the more usual instrumental combinations in Jazz; to listen to and compare jazz chords with basic chords; to realise that there are many different jazz styles. Musical learning: Blues, Ragtime, Boogie-woogie, Dixieland. Non-musical learning: Locating the styles on a map; related social context e.g. Mardi Gras. Process: Internet, listening to CDs (e.g. the theme tune to the film The Sting), watching a video (High Society extract where Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong describe jazz). Further work: To study in more detail a Jazz piece e.g. Take 5 (MIDI file) and locate, in the notated version, Jazz characteristics such as breaks and riffs/ostinatos; to download jazz images for use in a PowerPoint presentation.

Lesson 5 [Musicians]
Aim: To become aware of some of the most influential Jazz players and their music. Musical learning: Associating the sounds and images with the people. Non-musical learning: The timeline from the start of slavery to the present day. Process: Internet - looking for specific points from Worksheet. Further work: To divide into groups, research famous names and produce PowerPoint presentations on their lives.

Lesson 6 [Quiz]
Aim: To test ourselves on what we have been learning. Process: Crossword puzzle, recognition of people, odd one out... Further work: To prepare a religious service (e.g. a Mass) using only spirituals, blues and gospel songs. These could include Amazing Grace, Oh Happy Day, Lean on Me, Go Tell It On The Mountains, Standing in the need of prayer, Kum-baya, Certainly Lord and Precious Lord.
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