Welcome! Hey jazz cats! Check out the cool jazz tunes and stories about
jazz musicians we have here for you! Visit “Jazz Classes” to hear
the elegant Duke
Ellington, the scat singer extraordinaire Ella
“Satchmo” Armstrong, and swingin’ Benny
Carter. There is also a cool Duke
Ellington Interactive lesson. For those of you who want to find out more
about jazz, click on “What
is Jazz” to answer your questions.
Do you know how to groove? Develop your jazz chops (skills in playing or singing
jazz) and have a great time while you’re at it. You will find thirty-one
hip recordings by all the jazz greats right here. Teachers can download lesson
plans and worksheets to go with the recordings, too. To start groovin’ click
Groovin' to Jazz (ages 8-13)
Groovin' to Jazz (ages 12-15)
Teachers: Groovin’ to Jazz includes thirty-one original
recordings with lesson plans designed for intermediate level (ages 8-13)
and middle level (ages
13-15) students. Some lessons have worksheets to go with them. Most lessons
are designed for teachers with limited resources and space. You will need
a computer with access to the Internet so you can play the recordings for
your class. Some lessons include links to websites with additional activities
or recordings. If you decide to use the sixteen intermediate or fifteen middle
level recordings/lessons, you should teach them in the sequence presented
here because lessons build upon each other and develop jazz skills. So get
your students groovin’ to jazz by clicking here.
Come learn about Duke Ellington and his amazing contribution to the world of
jazz. In this interactive module, students will be introduced to the legendary
musician and composer. Follow the lessons and and answer the questions as you
go along. At the end of the lesson is a Duke Ellington juke box! Take the Class
Duke Ellington was one of America's greatest composers and a brilliant bandleader and pianist. In every respect, he was one of a kind. Learn about his life in "Duke's Match Game" and explore his music in "Duke's Music Class."
Singer Ella Fitzgerald became known as "The First Lady of Song." She won over fans of jazz and popular song. Learn about her life in "Ella's Match Game" and explore her music in "Ella's Singing Class."
American musician had a greater influence than trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong.
He became one of America's most beloved celebrities. Learn about his life in
"Louis's Match Game" and
explore his music in "Louis's
Music Class." Or download the Louis
Armstrong Education Kit (grades 5-12) for a more comprehensive introduction
Benny Carter was a "Renaissance man" of music: composer, arranger,
trumpeter, and saxophonist, who was still writing music in his 90s. Learn about
his life in "Benny's Matching Game"
and explore his music in "Benny's
What is Jazz
Do you know what jazz is? What city it emerged from? What year the music was first recorded? What jazz musicians place a high value on? Find out the answers in "What is Jazz?"