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African Drum Medleys
Discover African drum rhythms, Kassa and Balakulandjan. Students will “listen in layers,” then learn or compose a medley.
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.
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.
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 (Advanced)
An essential New Orleans Brass Band musical collection, including transcriptions and historical background by trumpeter Mark Braud.
A photograph of Mark Braud on playing the trumpet. There is a graphic overlay of sheet music.
Brass Bandbook (Intermediate)
An intermediate New Orleans Brass Band musical collection with transcriptions for musicians with some instrumental experience.
Clapping to Humphrey Brothers’ Beats
Listen to songs performed by the Humphrey Brothers. Clap on beats 2 and 4, then walk and dance in a second line formation.
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.
Congo Square: Creating Cultural Community Spaces
Weedie Braimah introduces drumming traditions in Congo Square. Students will design a collective cultural space for their community.
In this lesson, students will learn basic hand placement techniques for playing the djembe and drum maintenance with master percussionist and expert on African drumming, Weedie Braimah.
Djembe Techniques
Learn basic hand placement, the three djembe sounds, and drum maintenance with Weedie Braimah.
Weedie Braimah leads this lesson on djembe drumming traditions at Preservation Hall. In this lesson, students will be introduced to the djembe drum, oral traditions, and the ways in which the djembe is used in West African cultural celebrations and ceremonies.
Djembe Traditions
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.
Dunun Drums
Learn about the dunun drums from djembefola, Weedie Braimah. Students will create a four-door foldable about each drum’s features and role.
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.
In this lesson, students will learn the lyrics, song form, and instrument techniques for the traditional song “Hindustan.” Students will illustrate their understanding of the song with a performance.
Hindustan
Learn the lyrics, song form, and instrument techniques for the traditional song “Hindustan.”
Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew sit at a piano writing music together. Students will learn the iconic New Orleans song “I'm Walkin'” by Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino in this free lesson plan for grades 9–12.
I’m Walkin’
Learn the lyrics, song form, and instrument techniques for the New Orleans rhythm & blues song “I’m Walkin’.”
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.
Image containing musicians with drums playing a New Orleans Jazz Funeral. In this lesson, students will perform a two-song interpretation for a New Orleans jazz funeral – the dirge “In the Sweet By and By” and an uptempo spiritual “Sing On”
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.
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.
Members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band wrote "Keep Your Head Up" inspired by their travels and musical collaborations in Cuba.
Keep Your Head Up
Learn the lyrics, song form, and instrument techniques for the jazz song “Keep Your Head Up.”
Lily of the Valley
Learn the lyrics, song form, and instrument techniques for the traditional song, “Lily of the Valley.”
In this lesson, students will learn the lyrics, song form, and instrument techniques for the traditional song “Make Me a Pallet on the Floor.” Students will illustrate their understanding of the song with a performance.
Make Me a Pallet
Learn the lyrics, song form, and instrument techniques for the traditional song “Make Me a Pallet on the Floor.”
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.
Meet Weedie Braimah
Learn about djembefola Weedie Braimah’s musical heritage. Students will explore personal musical heritage through visual storytelling.
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.
A collage showing a woman adding a quilting piece to a community quilt.
Musical Heritage Story Quilt
Build relationships and foster community by creating a musical heritage story quilt for the classroom.
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.
New Orleans Music for Recorders
Learn and perform New Orleans music on the recorder. Select from solo, solo with note names, and duet versions.
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.
Preservation Hall Lessons - Reading Music and Note Values
Note Values
Read quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes and apply the beats with body percussion techniques.
Panama
Band students will discover the Humphrey Brothers legacy. Students will learn the jazz standard, “Panama.”
Preservation Hall Lessons – New Orleans Piano Introduction
Piano Introduction
Explore the role of the Piano in New Orleans music.
Preservation Hall Lessons – New Orleans Piano Technique
Piano Technique
An introduction to New Orleans techniques for performing on the Piano.
Preservation Hall Lessons – New Orleans Rhythm and Beat
Rhythm and Beat
Train your ears to identify a song by its rhythm and beat.
Song Structure Lesson – Preservation Hall Lessons
Song Structure
Identify parts of songs from the New Orleans R and B Unit.
Songs With the Humphrey Brothers
Discover how musicians honor each other through song. Then compare the Humphrey brothers’ version of “Bourbon Street Parade” to other versions.
Preservation Hall Lessons – Sousaphone Introduction with Preservation Hall Sousaphonist Kerry Lewis
Sousaphone Introduction
Explore the role of the Sousaphone in New Orleans music.
Preservation Hall Lessons – Sousaphone and Tuba Technique with Preservation Hall Sousaphonist Kerry Lewis
Sousaphone Technique
An introduction to New Orleans techniques for performing on the Sousaphone.
Preservation Hall Lessons – 12-Bar Blues
The 12-Bar Blues
Listen to blues songs, “Back Water Blues” and “Go to the Mardi Gras.” Learn AAB lyric form and compose original blues lyrics.
The Break, African Drumming
Learn the break and bass, tone, and slap techniques in African drumming. Students will demonstrate the break through a selected art form.
The Humphrey Brothers
Discover the Humphrey brothers. Create a “Who’s That?” foldable recognizing the achievements of this musical family.
The Peanut Vendor
Sing and perform the song “El Manicero” (“The Peanut Vendor”), featured on the soundtrack from the film A Tuba to Cuba.
Preservation Hall Lessons – Treble Clef and the Bass Clef
Treble Clef and Bass Clef
Learn a mnemonic device strategy to identify treble and bass clef names and spaces on the musical staff.
Preservation Hall Lessons – New Orleans Trombone Introduction
Trombone Introduction
Explore the role of the Trombone in New Orleans music.
Preservation Hall Lessons – New Orleans Trombone Technique Lesson with Preservation Hall trombonist Freddie Lonzo
Trombone Technique
An introduction to New Orleans techniques for performing on the Trombone.
Preservation Hall Lessons – New Orleans Trumpet Introduction with Preservation Hall Trumpeter Kevin Louis
Trumpet Introduction
Explore the role of the Trumpet in New Orleans music.
Preservation Hall Lessons – Trumpet Technique with Preservation Hall Trumpeter Kevin Louis
Trumpet Technique
An introduction to New Orleans techniques for performing on the Trumpet.
Tumba
Clap on beats 2, 3, and 4 to the song “Tumba”, featured on the soundtrack to the film A Tuba to Cuba.
Preservation Hall Lessons – New Orleans Upright Bass Introduction
Upright Bass Introduction
Explore the role of the Upright Bass in New Orleans music.
Preservation Hall Lessons – New Orleans Upright Bass Technique
Upright Bass Technique
An introduction to New Orleans techniques for performing on the Upright Bass.
Walking to New Orleans
Sing “Walking to New Orleans.” Students will learn catchphrases and identify chord structures and combinations.
Preservation Hall Lessons Improvisation Lesson
What is Improvisation?
All ages analyze improvisation, explore ways they improvise in daily life, and participate in both musical and non-musical improvisation.
Mahalia Jackson sings in this image representing the free lesson plan for "When The Saints Go Marching In." In this lesson for grades 9–12, students will learn the lyrics, song form, and instrument techniques for “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
When the Saints Go Marching In
Learn the lyrics, song form, and instrument techniques for the traditional song “When the Saints Go Marching In.”