Jazz 3: Building Blocks of Jazz—Improvisation


In this lesson on improvisation, jazz pianist Peter Martin demonstrates how what we may perceive as “wrong” notes can be used in such a way that they sound “right.” Martin demonstrates using a major 3rd on the blues scale and a flatted 5th on the dominant scale, all within the context of a simple blues in F.


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.


For more learning resources related to jazz, check out the lessons available from St. Louis Post-Dispatch Newspapers in Education.

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.