African Drum Medleys
Discover African drum rhythms, Kassa and Balakulandjan. Students will “listen in layers,” then learn or compose a medley.
B-Flat Blues Scale Improvisation
Learn the 12-bar blues form and explore improvising over a Bb blues using the Bb blues scale.
Barlines, Measure, and The Staff
Explore the elements of a musical staff.
Bill Bailey Improvisation in F
Learn “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home” and the chord progression in F. Improvise with scales, arpeggios, and small motifs.
Sing “Blue Monday,” clap on the strong beat, and identify the parts of the song.
Bourbon Street Parade
Discover the history of Carnival season in New Orleans, lyrics, and techniques for “Bourbon Street Parade.”
An essential New Orleans Brass Band musical collection, including transcriptions and historical background by trumpeter Mark Braud.
Explore the role of the Clarinet in New Orleans music.
An introduction to New Orleans techniques for performing on the Clarinet.
Discover the history of Congo Square. Students will sing, dance, and demonstrate a clave rhythm, a tradition in Congo Square.
Congo Square: Creating Cultural Community Spaces
Weedie Braimah introduces drumming traditions in Congo Square. Students will design a collective cultural space for their community.
Learn basic hand placement, the three djembe sounds, and drum maintenance with Weedie Braimah.
Get introduced to the djembe drum, oral traditions, and ways the djembe is used in West African culture.
Don’t You Just Know It
Sing “Don’t You Just Know It.” Students will learn the musical devices “call and response” and “echo.”
Drum Set Introduction
Explore the role of the Drum Set in New Orleans music.
Drum Set Technique
An introduction to New Orleans techniques for performing on a Drum Set.
Learn about the dunun drums from djembefola, Weedie Braimah. Students will create a four-door foldable about each drum’s features and role.
Sing “El Manicero” or design a movie poster depicting main ideas from the award winning feature film A Tuba to Cuba.
Elements of Music
Analyze the basic elements of music: melody, rhythm (beat), form, jazz harmony, and expressive qualities.
Learn the lyrics, song form, and instrument techniques for the traditional song “Hindustan.”
Learn the lyrics, song form, and instrument techniques for the New Orleans rhythm & blues song “I’m Walkin’.”
Intro to New Orleans Polyphony
Explore a traditional New Orleans front line, collective improvisation, and create improvised melodies on instruments.
Jazz Funeral Songs
Perform a two-song interpretation of a New Orleans jazz funeral ー a mournful dirge and an uptempo spiritual.
Jazz Funeral Traditions
Watch a mock jazz funeral and learn about the cultural aspects of this tradition.