Jazz 15: Building Blocks of Jazz—Sound


On this Building Blocks of Jazz, Phil Dunlap and his guest Adam Hucke from Southwestern Illinois College explore ways to change the sound and personality of a trumpet using mutes. The musical concept of timbre is discussed and Adam plays examples illustrating the differences in the sound using the straight, cup, Harmon, pixie and plunger mutes – followed by a short jam session with Phil.


Building Blocks of Jazz explores the fundamentals of jazz with Phil Dunlap, Director of Education for Jazz St. Louis. His lively lessons often feature special guests who bring their own expertise into play. Find interesting instruction on everything from Groove, to Rhythm to Latin Jazz.

Student Tools

Student Tool 66: Video Reflection Worksheet

Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 318: Sharing Your Insights Through A Reflection Worksheet as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.


Teacher Tools

Teacher Tool 318: Cross Curricular Activity--Video Reflection

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to complete a reflection worksheet to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.