Meets during BLUE 2

Open to students in grades 9-12

Christmas and Cookies Concert, 2018

The jazz ensemble provides students an opportunity to develop musicianship and specific performance skills through group and individual settings for the study and performance of varied styles of instrumental jazz. Instruction includes the study of the history, formative, and stylistic elements of jazz. Students develop their creative skills through improvisation, composition, arranging, performing, listening, and analyzing.

The Centerville Blue Note makes regular appearances in the community performing for various events. Students enrolled in jazz ensemble are required to be concurrently enrolled in a concert band course.

E-Learning Lessons & Assignments

Monday, May 11Wednesday, May 13Friday, May 15
1) Free Practice on your choice of materials for 20 minutes.

JAZZ PROGRAM PROJECT (due by Friday, May 15th)

2) This week you will work on a concert program for jazz band. This could include pieces that we have studied before or pieces that you have never played.
3) Using the JW Pepper website (www.jwpepper.com), research pieces of similar difficulty levels and choose a concert program of twelve (12) works. There should be an INTERMISSION between the 6th and 7th pieces.
4) You may choose to select a famous artist/composer to feature for your concert (for example, Counting the Days with Count Basie or An Evening with Duke Ellington).
5) Be sure that there is good variety on your program (for example, bebop, swing, ballad, latin, rock, fusion, etc.). On the JW Pepper website, many pieces have audio files that you may preview. Again, be creative in your selections!!
6) For your completed project, create a 1-page program (an example is provided in the resources section below). This document is DUE Friday, May 15th.
1) Free Practice on your choice of materials for 20 minutes.
2) Continue to work on your Jazz Program Project.
Finish and submit your Jazz Program project today.
Tuesday, May 5Thursday, May 7
1) Practice three (3) scales of your choice plus your chromatic scale for a total of 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) This week we will continue a performing unit on “Now’s The Time” and complete the unit with a solo recording on Thursday. Listen to the DEMO TRACK (below) to hear how a combo performs. Notice that everyone starts on the head, the middle section is solo improv choruses and then the head returns to finish the piece.
3) Today, we are going to focus on learning the form for our recording. Using the PLAY ALONG TRACK (below), practice the head, take 3 improv choruses and finish up by playing the head again. Your total practice session should be 20 minutes.


NO RECORDING TODAY
1) Practice three (3) scales of your choice plus your chromatic scale for a total of 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Today, we are going to make our recording. Using the PLAY ALONG TRACK (below), practice the head, take 3 improv choruses and finish up by playing the head again. Your total practice session should be 20 minutes.
3) At the completion of your practice session, make a recording of yourself WITH THE PLAY ALONG TRACK. Stop the recording after your last chorus of the head.
4) Write up a short reflection of this unit, including a summary of your improv progress.
5) Email your written summary and recording to me for the project to be completed.

Monday, April 27Wednesday, April 29Friday, May 1
1) Practice three (3) scales of your choice plus your chromatic scale for a total of 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) This week we will begin a performing unit on jazz standards with “Now’s The Time.” View the lead sheet below for your instrument with the chord changes. This standard is written in a 12-bar blues form and has a simple, repetitive melody. Today, we are going to focus on learning the head (melody) for this standard. Practice the head for this standard for 15 minutes (there is a play-along video linked below). Try to memorize as much as you can!
3) Complete Unit 1 Lesson 4 Jazz Theory Sheet (below). Use Foxit Reader or equivalent to annotate. Submit the completed work via email.

NO RECORDING TODAY
1) Practice three (3) scales of your choice plus your chromatic scale for a total of 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) We will continue to learn the standard “Now’s The Time” by practicing the F Blues scale used for improv on this standard. Review the head and practice your F Blues Scale (see below) for 20 minutes today using the PLAY-ALONG link.


NO RECORDING OR SUBMISSION TODAY
1) Practice three (3) scales of your choice plus your chromatic scale for a total of 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) We will continue to review “Now’s The Time” today. Using the PLAY-ALONG link, play the head and take multiple choruses of improv. Total practice time today should be 20 minutes. For further study, watch the DEMO video provided below for other ideas.
3) Complete a written improv journal entry for today and share it with me via email.


NO RECORDING TODAY
Tuesday, April 21Thursday, April 23
1) Practice three (3) scales of your choice plus your chromatic scale for a total of 15 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Learn the song “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in three different key signatures and work on this for at a minimum of 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Make an audio recording of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (in 3 different keys) and share it with me via Google Drive. Be sure to include a short verbal self-evaluation of what went well today and what you need to work for next class.
1) Practice three (3) scales of your choice plus your chromatic scale for a total of 15 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 32-measure excerpt (lyrical or technical) from your current band music for 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Complete Unit 1 Lesson 3 Jazz Theory Sheet (below). There is a perfoming exercise to complete (no written exercise).

NO RECORDING OR SUBMISSION TODAY
Monday, April 13Wednesday, April 15Friday, April 17
1) Practice three (3) scales of your choice plus your chromatic scale for a total of 15 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 32-measure excerpt (lyrical or technical) from your current band music for 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Complete Unit 1 Lesson 1 Jazz Theory Sheet (below). You may import the .pdf and annotate digitally to complete the sheet, then choose to email or share it with me.

NO RECORDING TODAY
1) Practice three (3) scales of your choice plus your chromatic scale for a total of 15 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Learn the song “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” in three different key signatures and work on this for at a minimum of 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Make an audio recording of Twinkle, Twinkle (in 3 different keys) and share it with me via Google Drive. Be sure to include a short verbal self-evaluation of what went well today and what you need to work for next class.
1) Practice three (3) scales of your choice plus your chromatic scale for a total of 15 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 32-measure excerpt (lyrical or technical) from your current band music for 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Complete Unit 1 Lesson 2 Jazz Theory Sheet (below). You may import the .pdf and annotate digitally to complete the sheet, then choose to email or share it with me.

NO RECORDING TODAY

E-Learning Resources

Track 1
Track 2
Track 4
Track 5
BLUES SCALE FORMULA
1 / b3 / 4 / #4 / 5 / b7 / 8
B-flat inst. = G Bb C C# D F G
E-flat inst. = D F G G# A C D
F inst. = C Eb F F# G Bb C
C inst. = F Ab Bb B C Eb F

Now’s The Time – PLAY ALONG TRACK (CLICK HERE)

Now’s The Time – DEMO TRACK (CLICK HERE)