Middle School Lesson 20: History of Jazz Lessons 6 and 7

In this lesson you will

  • “Scoo Be Doo” – review song
  • History of Jazz Unit
    • Lesson 6 – Duke Ellington
    • Lesson 7 – Count Basie

Objectives

  • I can sing, move and play to music.
  • I can describe the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

Teaching Procedure

Song Used: Scoo Be Doo Song

1 review song “Scoo Be Doo”

Create movements for the song.

Practice in unison.

If students are successful in unison, try layering the ostinatos.

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2 Watch the class play "Scoo be Doo" on instruments

In this video, the class plays the ostinato parts on barred instruments.

They sing the chorus and add movements.

Sing along and copy the movements in the chorus.

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3 Learn to play ostinatos 1 and 2 on a virtual xylophone

Read the notes together as a class.

Try playing this page on the virtual xylophone below.

Keep the virtual xylophone open for page 2.

4 Virtual Xylophone

You can play the virtual xylophone by clicking a mouse, tapping on the bars on touch screen, or you can use the number keys.

Virtual Xylophone Number Keys
C=1 D=2 E=3 F=4 G=5 A=6 B=7 C=8
D=9 E=0 F=- G== A=delete

5 Learn to play ostinatos 3-4 on a virtual xylophone

Practice naming the notes.

Try playing the ostinatos on the virtual xylophone above.

6 Learn about Duke Ellington

Watch the video to learn about Duke Ellington.

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7 Discuss the questions and/or complete the worksheet

The lesson questions are for discussion or for students to answer after the Duke Ellington video.

The listening questions are to be discussed or answered after the listening example.

8 Safeshare link to "Take the A Train"

This is a Safeshare link to "Take the A Train".

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Take the A Train".

Discuss the listening assessment questions with the students or have students complete the worksheet.

9 Learn about Count Basie

Watch the video to learn about Count Basie.

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10 Discuss the questions and/or complete the worksheet

The lesson questions are for discussion or for students to answer after the Count Basie video.

The listening questions are to be discussed or answered after the listening example.

11 Watch the performance of "Jumping at the Woodside"

This is a Safeshare link to "Jumping at the Woodside".

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Jumping at the Woodside".

Discuss the listening assessment questions with students.