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Black History Month: The Jazz Music of the Harlem Renaissance (Ages 11-14)

Helen Dixon MA, BA (Humanities), BS (English Ed.)
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(7)
A one-time class about the jazz music of the Harlem Renaissance, a flowering of the arts centered in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City in the 1920s and 30s.

Class experience

The learner will gain an understanding of the Harlem Renaissance, early jazz, and the jazz of the Harlem Renaissance specifically.
I have taught the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance in middle school and high school settings, so I know this movement well. I have never taught the jazz of this movement, but I have extensive education in music (one of my emphases in my Humanities degrees  and through personal instrument lessons) and have taught music, including jazz, at the university level. I feel confident that I will be able to adjust the music to the right level for middle school, especially since we won't cover the really technical aspects of jazz, given the non-musicians in the class. I love listening to jazz and have enjoyed listening to and analyzing early jazz lately. 

Additionally, I have taught Humanities, history, and ESL courses (both high school and university levels) in which we discussed the rights of minority groups. I teach classes that are inclusive. 
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
The class will include formative assessments (thumbs up, thumbs down, flash of five).
Grades Offered
Pen/pencil and paper.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The class will include discussions of black American rights, which for some parents may be a sensitive topic. We will downplay the political aspects and focus more on the music. I use the term "black" to mean "African American" because of its prevalence and the label "Black History Month." If for some reason you prefer "African American" over "black" or "black" over "African American," please contact me, and I will do my best to accommodate. Additionally, I will be using YouTube clips. YouTube is on the Outschool approved list of third-party tools. But, I do not ask the student to leave the site to go to YouTube. I simply share my screen in Zoom.
I have consulted or plan to use selections from the following in a slide presentation: All media are copyright-free.

Books Consulted
America's Musical Landscape (Jean Ferris)
Listen (Joseph Kerman)
Encore! A Guide to Enjoying Music (Jack Boyd)
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage)

Websites Consulted

YouTube (clips from a selection of the following)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX8HhdRUFe0  Scott Joplin Maple Leaf Rag
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEm5CRI2Gow&t=178s   Bessie Smith Spider Man Blues /Put it Right Here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIRX4yeySIg   Louis Armstrong   Basin Street Blues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsXsBDx2moU&t=417s   Cab Calloway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUxrpPv3A60   Ella Fitzgerald
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myRc-3oF1d0   Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW68aoblELM   Fats Waller
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9LUg-UJVc4   Eubie Blake Shuffle Along
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZKWXG94KE0  St. Louis Blues with sheet music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSxTHSuA1_E&t=122s   Duke Ellington and Orchestra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GATT4uEnGRw  Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong   You Can’t Lose a Broken Heart   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x02lJ023tJ4 Duke Ellington and Orchestra  “Take The 'A' Train” 
Music recording clips taken from Internet Archive (a selection)
Maple Leaf Rag   Scott Joplin/Ethel Smith
Alligator Crawl   Fats Waller
Don't Be That Way   Benny Goodman Orchestra 
Don't Be That Way   Chick Webb Orchestra
Passionette   Will ('The Lion') Smith
My Sweetie Went Away   Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
Rosetta Art   Art Tatum
Spider Man Blues  Bessie Smith

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(7)
Back when I was doing my undergraduate degree in Humanities and getting secondary teaching minors in English and German, people used to ask me what I was going to do with a bachelor's in Humanities. I was completely truthful when I asked, "What... 
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per class
Meets once
55 min

Completed by 9 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-14
1-6 learners per class

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