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Get parents or guardians into the swing of things with a jazzy homework assignment. A detailed six-page guide provides before, during, and after reading suggestions for Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, Andrea Davis Pinkney's illustrated children's book about the famous musician.

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Instructional Ideas

  • To provide context, conclude the lesson with a showing one of the many videos available of Duke Ellington and his orchestra
  • Although designed as a family activity, the lesson would work equally well in the classroom
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a copy of Andrea Davis Pinkney's Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

  • Includes links to a classical version of Tchaikovsky's "The Waltz of the Flowers" from The Nutcracker Suite and Duke Ellington's jazz version of the score

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