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Pianist Sweet Emma Barrett and trumpeter Mark Braud appear in this free lesson plan on the iconic New Orleans jazz song "Bill Bailey" – Preservation Hall Lessons
“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.
Preservation Hall Lessons – B-Flat Blues Improvisation
B-Flat Blues Scale Improvisation
Learn the 12-bar blues form and explore improvising over a Bb blues using the Bb blues scale.
Preservation Hall Lessons – Barlines, Measure and the Musical Staff
Barlines, Measure, and The Staff
Explore the elements of a musical staff.
Blue Monday
Sing “Blue Monday,” clap on the strong beat, and identify the parts of the song.
Bourbon Street Parade - Preservation Hall Lessons
Bourbon Street Parade
Discover the history of Carnival season in New Orleans, lyrics, and techniques for “Bourbon Street Parade.”
Brass Bandbook
An essential New Orleans Brass Band musical collection, including transcriptions and historical background by trumpeter Mark Braud.
Preservation Hall Lessons – New Orleans Clarinet Introduction
Clarinet Introduction
Explore the role of the Clarinet in New Orleans music.
Clarinet Technique
An introduction to New Orleans techniques for performing on the Clarinet.
Congo Square in New Orleans
Congo Square
Discover the history of Congo Square. Students will sing, dance, and demonstrate a clave rhythm, a tradition in Congo Square.
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.
A Tuba to Cuba Film Lesson Plan – Preservation Hall Lessons
El Manicero
Sing “El Manicero” or design a movie poster depicting main ideas from the award winning feature film A Tuba to Cuba.
Preservation Hall Lessons – Elements of New Orleans Music Lesson featuring When the Saints Go Marching In
Elements of Music
Analyze the basic elements of music: melody, rhythm (beat), form, jazz harmony, and expressive qualities.
Collective Improvisation in New Orleans Music Lesson – Preservation Hall Lessons
Intro to New Orleans Polyphony
Explore a traditional New Orleans front line, collective improvisation, and create improvised melodies on instruments.
The Olympia Brass Band leads a New Orleans Jazz funeral in this photo montage describing the jazz funeral.
Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Learn the history of Jazz funerals and instrument techniques for the song, “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.”
A Tuba to Cuba Film Lesson Plan – Preservation Hall Lessons
Keep Your Head Up
Sing the song “Keep Your Head Up” or make homemade instruments inspired by the award winning feature film A Tuba to Cuba.
Lily of the Valley
Learn the lyrics, song form, and instrument techniques for the traditional song, “Lily of the Valley.”
Preservation Hall Lessons Mardi Gras In New Orleans
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Sing “Mardi Gras in New Orleans.” Students will play the clave part on claves and the horn part on recorders.
Mardi Gras Mambo
Sing “Mardi Gras Mambo.” Students will identify parts of the song and clap on the mambo beat.
Preservation Hall Lessons – Music and Math, Beats Per Measure Lesson
Music and Math
Discover the relationship between math and music.
Musical Heritage
Explore your musical heritage through song, dance, instruments, or a media presentation.
Preservation Hall Lessons – New Orleans Music Genres and Origins – Bourbon Street Parade, Mahalia Jackson and more
New Orleans Genres and Origin
Explore genres of music unique to New Orleans history and culture.
Preservation Hall Lessons – New Orleans, the Birthplace of Jazz – Congo Square, New Orleans Jazz and its African Roots
New Orleans, The Birthplace of Jazz
Discover the history and culture of New Orleans Jazz and its African roots.