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This unit develops pupils’ understanding of bass lines and chords as a harmonic foundation upon which a melody can be constructed upon and as a foundation for improvisation. Pupils begin by learning about the history, origin and development of the Blues and its characteristic 12-bar Blues structure exploring how a walking bass line is developed from a chord progression.  Pupils also explore the effect of adding a melodic improvisation using the Blues scale and the effect which “swung” rhythms have as used in jazz and blues music. Pupils are introduced to seventh chords and how these are formed and their characteristic sound used in jazz and blues music.  Pupils examine the lyrics of blues songs before composing their own set of lyrics for a performance of their blues song using different textural layers.  Finally, pupils explore Ragtime Music as a type of jazz examining how chords have been used differently in a “vamp” style. Element Focus - Pitch, Texture, Melody & Harmony, Structure & Form

Secondary/Key Stage 3 Unit - Jazz Improvisation

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Exploring Improvisation

and the Blues

The Swing Thing

(great documentary introducing Jazz, Swing and the Blues)

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Cover/Homework 1

Jazz

Improvisation

Crossword

Cover/Homework 2

The Twelve Bar Blues

(with optional composing activity)

Cover/Homework 3

Blues

Musicians

Cover/Homework 4

The Development of the Blues

Cover/Homework 5

Bessie Smith

Activity Sheet

Cover/Homework 6

Where Jazz and Blues Started

Cover/Homework

7

Introduction to Blues Music

Cover/Homework 8

“The Sting”

Cover/Homework 9

Jazz Improvisation Key Words Crossword

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score 1

Chords in the Twelve-Bar

Blues

MIDI 1

Bass Line of Chords in the Twelve-Bar Blues

MIDI 2

Chords as Triads in the Twelve-Bar Blues

Score 2

Performing “In the Mood”

Score 3

“In the Mood”

Introduction

(GAT)

Audio 2

“In the Mood”

Glenn Miller

MIDI 3

“In the Mood”

Walking Bass Line

MIDI 4

“In the Mood”

Swung Melody Solo

MIDI 5

“In the Mood”

Straight Melody and Walking Bass

MIDI 6

“In the Mood”

Swung Melody and Walking Bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIDI 7

Straight Rhythm Example

MIDI 8

Swing Rhythm Example

Score 4

Blues Scale Improvisation Cards

Score 5

The Entertainer

Audio 6

The Entertainer - Scott Joplin

MIDI 15

The Entertainer

2-part

arrangement

Score 6

The Entertainer

Full Score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score 7

Honky-Tonk Blues

MIDI 17

Honky-Tonk Blues Walking Bass Line

MIDI 18

Honky-Tonk Blues Boogie-Woogie Part

MIDI 19

Honky-Tonk Blues Chords, Walking Bass & Boogie-Woogie

MIDI 20

Honky-Tonky Blues Melody Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starter/Plenary 1

Listening to Jazz & Blues

Card Sort

(uses Audio 1)

Audio 1

Listening to Jazz

Card Sort

Starter/Plenary 2

Vamping the Chords

MIDI 11

Vamping the Chords

Vamp 1

MIDI 12

Vamping the Chords

Vamp 2

MIDI 13

Vamping the Chords

Vamp 3

MIDI 14

Vamping the Chords

Vamp 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starter/Plenary 3

Chords in the Twelve-Bar Blues

MIDI 9

Blues Scale

Improvisation Example

No.1

MIDI 10

Blues Scale

Improvisation Example

No.2

Starter/Plenary 4

The Blues

Scale of C

Starter/Plenary 5

Rainy Day Blues

 

(uses Audio 5)

Audio 5

Rainy Day Blues

Starter/Plenary 6

The Blues Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starter/Plenary 7

My Jazz Improvisation Learning

Audio 7

Ragtime Dance

- Scott Joplin

Audio 8

Maple Leaf Rag

- Scott Joplin

Starter/Plenary 8

Performing Seventh Chords

MIDI 16

Performing Seventh Chords

Starter/Plenary 9

Blues Songs Lyrics

 

(uses Audio 9)

Audio 4

Thinking Blues

- Bessie Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheet 1

In the Mood

Evaluation Sheet

Worksheet 2

Ragtime Music

Information and Questions

(uses Audio 6)

Audio 6

The Entertainer

- Scott Joplin

Worksheet 3

Evaluating Blues Songs

Worksheet 4

Learning about

The Blues

 

(uses Audio 3)

Audio 3

St. Louis Blues

Bessie Smith

Worksheet 5

Learning about Seventh Chords

Worksheet 6

Blues Song Lyrics Composing Sheet

 

(uses MIDI 20)

MIDI 20

Honky-Tonky Blues Melody Line

Scheme of Work

Lesson Plan (PDF)

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Lesson 1

Exploring Blues’ Chords &  Bass Lines

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson 1

Resource Bundle

Lesson 2

Exploring Swing Rhythms and The Blues Scale

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson 2

Resource Bundle

Lesson 3

Exploring Blues Scale Improvisations

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson 3

Resource Bundle

Lesson 4

Exploring Seventh Chords

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson 4

Resource Bundle

Lesson 5

Exploring Blues Songs Lyrics

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson 5

Resource Bundle

Lesson 6

Exploring Ragtime Music

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson 6

Resource Bundle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y8U4 “The Entertainer” performance task “IN ACTION”

Track Listings, Analysis and AFL Supporting Notes

Pupil Audio 1

Level 3

 

Pupil Audio 2

Lower Level 4

 

Pupil Audio 3

Higher Level 4

 

Pupil Audio 4

Level 5

Pupil Audio 5

Level 6

Pupil Audio 6

Level 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Swing Thing

Part 1

 

The Swing Thing

Part 2

The Swing Thing

Part 3

The Swing Thing

Part 4

The Swing Thing

Part 5

The Swing Thing

Part 6