Middle School Lesson 17 – Roots of Jazz, Dixieland

In this lesson you will

Review #61 “Hymn to Freedom”

History of Jazz Lesson 1:  Roots of Jazz – listening example and worksheet/discussion questions

#62 “Wai Bamba” – sing, optional ukulele

History of Jazz Lesson 2:  Dixieland – listening example and worksheet/discussion questions

Objectives

  • I can read and sing melodies
  • I can describe the history of jazz
  • I can tell about Dixieland

Teaching Procedure

Song Used: Hymn to Freedom

1 Review Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom"

Listen to the choir.

Pause at the end of each phrase and repeat.

Play the video again and sing along.

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Song Used: Hymn to Freedom

2 Optional: Name the notes in the song, "Hymn to Freedom"

A worksheet is found in supporting resources.

If students can print, or if you are teaching in-person, print and have students complete the worksheet.

If not, have students answer the questions in your Zoom.

3 History of Jazz Lesson 1: Roots of Jazz

After you watch the video, discuss the following questions:
(Teacher notes are in supporting resources)

1. Which style of music began in the 1890s? ________________________________
2. In which city did jazz begin? ___________________________________________
3. What did jazz borrow from African music? (3) ____________________________
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4. What did jazz borrow from European music? (2) __________________________
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5. Harmony refers to the ____________________ of a song.
6. Who was the most famous ragtime composer?

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4 Read about the Song, "Wai Bamba"

Read the slide to learn about the song, "Wai Bamba"

5 Learn to sing the song "Wai Bamba."

Jazz music borrowed complex rhythms, singing style and improvisation from African music.

Learn to sing the song Wai Bamba.

Play a line, then sing it back.

Play the video again and sing along.

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6 Sing along with a choir performance of Wai Bamba

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7 History of Jazz 2: Dixieland

Watch the video 'Dixieland'

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8 View the video of "Cakewalk"

View the video of "Cakewalk"

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Use this video to answer the listening questions in the worksheet that follows.

9 Complete the worksheet or discuss the questions