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Let's Jazz Things Up!: The Jazz Music of the Harlem Renaissance (Ages 11-14)

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.
Helen Dixon MA, BA (Humanities), BS (English Ed.)
4 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 5 learners
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55 minutes
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year olds
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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 as a result 
of 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. 
Pen/pencil and paper.
The class will include formative assessments (thumbs up, thumbs down, flash of five).
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The class will include discussions of black American rights, which for some parents may be a sensitive topic. We will downplay political aspects and focus more on the music.
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)  Scott Joplin Maple Leaf Rag   Bessie Smith Spider Man Blues /Put it Right Here   Louis Armstrong   Basin Street Blues   Cab Calloway   Ella Fitzgerald   Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington   Fats Waller   Eubie Blake Shuffle Along  St. Louis Blues with sheet music   Duke Ellington and Orchestra  Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong   You Can’t Lose a Broken Heart 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


Helen Dixon MA, BA (Humanities), BS (English Ed.)
Lives in the United States
Humanities, English, and German Teacher
4 total reviews
6 completed classes

About Me

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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