“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Intro to New Orleans Polyphony
Explore a traditional New Orleans front line, collective improvisation, and create improvised melodies on instruments.
Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Learn the history of Jazz funerals and instrument techniques for the song, “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.”
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.”
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.
Music and Math
Discover the relationship between math and music.
Explore your musical heritage through song, dance, instruments, or a media presentation.
New Orleans Genres and Origin
Explore genres of music unique to New Orleans history and culture.
New Orleans, The Birthplace of Jazz
Discover the history and culture of New Orleans Jazz and its African roots.