Middle School Lesson 24: Chumbara and History of Jazz Lessons 13 and 14

In this lesson you will

  • do a rhythm play along in 5/4
  • song “Chumbara” –  read, play a hand game, Artie Almeida’s syllables game,  Boomwhackers, learn about scales
  • song “Five Four Groove” – review, try improvising, create movement to illustrate 5/4
  • History of Jazz
    • Lesson 13 – Miles Davis
    • Lesson 14 – John Coltrane

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can describe the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
  • I can improvise to music.
  • I can read the C scale.

Teaching Procedure

1 Play along with rhythms in 5/4 meter - clap or play

Choose how to perform the rhythms.

Use body percussion or instruments.

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Song Used: Chumbara

2 Learn to sing the song "Chumbara"

Listen to the song.

Play the video again and sing the song.

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Song Used: Chumbara

3 Copy the hand patterns for "Chumbara"

Copy the hand patterns for "Chumbara".

In-person learning: Modify by creating solo hand clap or desk drum patterns while playing the recording. (Slow if needed by using the gear wheel tool.)

Virtual learning: sing and create hand clap patterns, using the Kids Demo video for ideas.

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4 Artie Almeida's Syllables Game for "Chumbara"

Artie Almeida is an amazing music educator and clinician from Florida, who's written and published some of the best resources ever created for music teachers.

She plays a game with Chumbara, where she creates word cards, each with just one syllable.
These words replace the nonsense word chum-ba-ra in the song.

One of our Musicplay teachers built a randomizer to choose the syllables. If the randomizer lands on Nag-O-Goo, you sing the melody of Chumbara to this new word.

So, enjoy the Chumbara silly syllables game with your students, if you're allowed to sing!

Song Used: Chumbara

5 Option 1: Do the Solfa Challenge for "Chumbara"

If you teach solfa notes, complete this challenge.

If you teach pitch letter names, do the next activity.

There is an optional worksheet in Supporting Resources.

Song Used: Chumbara

6 Option 2: Do the Note Name Challenge for "Chumbara"

Name the pitch letter names.

There is an optional worksheet in Supporting Resources.

7 Learn about the Major Scale - slide 1

The optional worksheets (Name Solfa or Name Note Names) in Supporting Resources accompany this activity.

8 Learn about the Major Scale - slide 2

The optional worksheets (Name Solfa or Name Note Names) in Supporting Resources accompany this activity.

9 Learn about the Major Scale - slide 3

The optional worksheets (Name Solfa or Name Note Names) in Supporting Resources accompany this activity.

10 Learn about the Major Scale - slide 4

The optional worksheets (Name Solfa or Name Note Names) in Supporting Resources accompany this activity.

11 Learn about the Major Scale - slide 5

The optional worksheets (Name Solfa or Name Note Names) in Supporting Resources accompany this activity.

Song Used: Chumbara

12 Optional: In-person learning, play "Chumbara" on Boomwhackers

Please note: this is a link to the Boomwhackers section on the Beta site.

Students can only access this if teachers have generated a code for them. (see Dashboard)

Teaching tip: Use full screen for this activity. The slide show has 3 levels: Kids Notes, Colored Notes and Standard Notation. Use the "Change song" button to try other songs for Boomwhackers.

Song Used: Five Four Groove

13 Review song "Five Four Groove" - improvise

Sing the song "Five Four Groove".

As students gain confidence with the song, it will be fun to have students create their own syllables.

Create movement to go with the song.

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14 Learn about Miles Davis

Watch the video to learn about Miles Davis.

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15 Discuss the questions and/or complete the worksheet

The lesson questions are for discussion or for students to answer after the Miles Davis video.

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

16 Safeshare link to"So What"

This is a Safeshare link to "So What".

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "So What".

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

17 Learn about John Coltrane

Watch the video to learn about John Coltrane.

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18 Discuss the questions and/or complete the worksheet

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

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

19 Safeshare link to "Giant Steps"

This is a Safeshare link to "Giant Steps".

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Giant Steps".

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