Building Blocks of Jazz
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Grades: 6 - 12

Focus Area Description:  Jazz musicians demonstrate jazz concepts, techniques, and performance.

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Building Blocks of Jazz—Bass

Quick Ideas for Using our Building Blocks of Jazz Videos:

  • Foster an appreciation for jazz music by gaining a better understanding of the styles, techniques, and artistic processes involved.
  • Give students learning to play an instrument specific examples of, and insights into, using that instrument to play jazz music.
  • Give more experienced music students the chance to gain insights and learn techniques from jazz musicians working in the field.
  • Have students include insights gained through the videos as part of their projects, papers, and presentations on a music-related subject by:
    • interpreting and/or summarizing what they saw and learned in the video.
    • citing quotations from the expert in the video.
  • Have students use a video as a source of inspiration to create their own video where they demonstrate a jazz technique or style and/or teach something about jazz music.