Showing posts with label Jazz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jazz. Show all posts

Friday, January 11, 2013

PBS Kids Teaches Kids About Jazz Music

Earlier today I found myself listening to Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Jazz. Listening to that music sent me on a little quest to for resources that could be used to help students understand jazz music.

Jazz on PBS Kids Go is a nice little site on which children can learn about the history of jazz music, styles of jazz, and the instruments used in jazz music. To learn about the history of jazz music students can click on the Jazz Greats and Jazz Timeline. Jazz Greats contains short biographies of famous musicians like Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis. The Jazz Timeline is an interactive timeline that students can click through to discover the roots of jazz music.

After learning about the history of jazz music students can become virtual jazz band leaders on PBS Kids Jazz by arranging a band and listening to the outcome of their arrangements.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Videos - The Year that Changed Jazz

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This one is for the music teachers, US History teachers, and lovers of jazz music. Today, through Open Culture I learned about a documentary titled 1959: The Year that Changed Jazz. The documentary was produced by the BBC. The documentary examines four musicians and the landmark albums they released in 1959. Those featured musicians and albums are Miles Davis: Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck: Time Out, Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um, and Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come.

As a former "band geek" (I played all of the brass instruments at one point or another, but really loved playing tuba in high school and college) I get excited about these types of documentaries. I watched the first segment, embedded below, and can't wait to watch the rest later this week.


Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Louis Armstrong on Snag Films

Snag Films is one of my favorite places to find high quality documentary movies for free. One of the films featured on the front page right now is Louis Armstrong: 100th Anniversary. You can watch the film on Snag Films or "snag" the embed code and place it in your blog as I have below.



Applications for Education
This documentary is appropriate for use in a high school music course or in a US History course.

To learn more about using Snag Films, please read Snag a Free Full Length Documentary.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Music Education Resources

I guess I'm on a music education kick. Earlier today I posted a link to a list of classic Jazz performances. Another great place to find educational materials about jazz and blues is the NPR Jazz and Blues page where visitors will find recordings, biographies or musicians, and streaming jazz radio stations.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has a fantastic website designed specifically for students. The DSO features interactive activities for students to learn about the instruments in an orchestra, the history of orchestral music, and basic music theory. The highlight of the DSO website is Beethoven's Baseball in which students play a three inning baseball game using composers as players.

Classic Jazz Videos and More

Open Culture an arts and culture website that I've written about in the past has posted a list of 50 Great Arts Videos. The list was actually compiled by the Guardian and is a nice supplement to Open Culture's list of 70 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube. On the Guardian's list of videos visitors will find a great collection of Jazz performances as well theatrical performances. I've embedded below a video of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.


Applications for Education
Both the Great Arts Videos and 70 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube are useful, free ways to find classic music and theater performances to share with fine arts students. For those you working in schools that block YouTube, I recommend installing Miro or using Zamzar to save the video locally if have a laptop to use at home.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Youtube and Music Appreciation

I'm always looking for and listening to ideas about using popular websites as a part of an educational experience. Recently a music teacher shared with me how he is using Youtube as a part of the Music Appreciation course he teaches. Youtube is filled with videos of musical performances of all types. Often users can find multiple performances of the same song. What the music appreciation teacher I spoke with does is have his students select a jazz standard. Then he has the students find multiple performances of that jazz standard to compare and contrast based on a set of established criteria.

Here is a little jazz sampler from Maynard Ferguson.