Jazz is the perfect unit! It has everything: connections with other subjects, cultural studies, new skills, a great way to teach scales and chords, massive creativity – you name it – jazz has it! This workshop is designed to give classroom teachers an effective unit of work and some teaching ideas that they can use in their classrooms straight away.
Improvisation, while part of most curricula, is not the easiest thing to teach for many classically trained teachers. It is great fun and with a few easy ideas, tips and resources can be every teacher’s best unit for junior high school. Students will have a blast and gain skills, understanding and appreciation for a new style of music while teachers of all backgrounds can be secure and enhance their teaching of this fun topic.