Nuts and Bolts of Jazz

A collection of videos directs viewers through a series of seven videos detailing all things jazz. Video topics include how to play, its forms, rhythm, syncopation, swing, improvisation, and explores the rhythm, horn, and wind sections.  

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Instructional Ideas

  • Flip your classroom; assign video links for homework in preparation of the next day's lessons and activities
  • Have a collection of jazz music to play while pupils work and assignments and activities quietly   
  • Find and play a swing dance tutorial, encourage learners to test their swing dancing skills  
Classroom Considerations

  • The duration reflects the total number of minutes after playing all seven videos; separately, each video is under two minutes 
Pros

  • Topics come as their own video 
  • Example jazz tunes play after the host offers explanation  
  • Comes with multiple reference tools to enhance instruction  
Cons

  • The video's overall appearance looks dated