This PDF document is a comprehensive unit of study for elementary-intermediate age music students in grades 4th-8th. Students will be taken on a musical journey through time as they dive deep into the history of African-American music beginning with slavery and the civil war and ending with the Jazz era (1970's - ish). It is up to each teacher's discretion as to how many weeks they allow the unit to last. Key points of history that are studied and are detailed in a VERY descriptive outline included in the purchase of this file are:
Coming to the U.S from Africa
Peg Leg Joe
Follow The Drinking Gourd
Ragtime Music - Scott Joplin
Blues - Huddie LeadBelly Ledbetter
What is Jazz?
What Instruments are in Jazz?
What is Improvisation?
Dixieland - Louis Armstrong
Swing - Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald
Be-Bop - Charlie Parker
AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!
Also included in this file is extensive lists of resources such as websites, apps, picture books, You Tube clips, suggested CD/Recordings, etc. to help you effectively teach this unit. This resource has a wealth of quality information compiled for you all in ONE place!!
To further enhance this unit, there are OPTIONAL corresponding Interactive Smart Board supplemental materials that are available for purchase in my TpT store. They are sold in 3 separate volumes/files.
o African-American Music (Part 1): The History & Influences On Today's Music
o African-American Music (Part 2): The History & Influences On Today's Music
o African-American Music (Part 3): The History & Influences On Today's Music
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