two page spread of a children's homeschool curriculum about music featuring a lesson on jazz era

"THE JAZZ ERA" from "PRELUDE: an Introduction to Music for Children" (Individual DIGITAL Lesson)

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Learn about the extraordinary world of Jazz music!

This easy open and go lesson is perfect for classrooms or home-school. No previous musical experience is necessary to facilitate these lessons.


All lessons are suitable for ages 4-12 years old and can be worked on together as a group or family. Accompanying the teaching time is the choice between two activities; one for young learners ages 4-8 years old and one for older learners ages 8-12 years old.

Included in each 30 minute lesson is a "Setting The Stage" section which introduces the children to what they are about to learn followed by a more informative teaching time called "Diving Deeper", and followed by a hands on "Activity Time."

Each lesson has book suggestions as well as listening suggestions that correspond with the theme of the lesson!

Within each lesson you will find the option of using a link or a QR code that links you directly to a short video or live performance featuring music by different composers and artists.

Each lesson gives you a list of materials needed at the beginning of the lesson which usually includes many household items that a classroom or house would already have.

One important note is that the use of a music platform such as Apple music, Spotify or YouTube is a must when facilitating these musical lessons!

Included in this lesson:

  • A fun opening game where children have to find where in the room the music is coming from. It could be under a chair or in a closet - this is a chance for them to practice using their ears to follow the music.
  • An informative section on the history of jazz music and how it evolved over time.
  • A video clip of Ella Fitzgerald using vocal improvisation which is a technique so popular in this style of music.
  • An early video clip of how jazz music influenced dance styles.
  • Young Learners will get to create an art piece using watercolors, glitter and a saxophone template. Using craft supplies and paring it with some guided listening time, children will get to put on paper the colors they hear in the music.
  • Older Learners have the opportunity to explore different jazz styles. Using the popular song "What A Wonderful World", students will get to hear and compare the same song performed by 5 different musical artists. Which version did they prefer?
  • An extra challenge is offered by learning how to scat sing through a tutorial! You know everyone has always wanted to know the secret to scat singing :-)
  • Listening Suggestions - "It Don't Mean A Thing", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "What A Wonderful World."
  • Book Suggestions - "Play, Louis, Play", "Skit-Skat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald", "Birth Of The Cool" and "This Jazz Man."

My hope and desire with 'PRELUDE; an Introduction to Music for Children' is that through the stories, the activities, the music and the videos, children would be drawn into the fascinating world of music.

About digital lessons:

This digital lesson will help you, the teacher or parent, open up the world of music for your children with a profound sense of wonder and curiosity.

The digital PDF lesson is easy to use with simple instructions, a clear list of materials often found in your home to use in lessons, and reproducible resources to be printed directly from your screen.

You will be able to click links right from the file or use your phone’s camera to click on the QR codes and be linked directly to some inspiring performances. This copy can also be printed on your own home printer.

Digital files are uneditable and are delivered via email upon purchase. Digital products are final sale and are not eligible for return. See refund policy here.

Purchase the full digital version of 'PRELUDE' here.

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