The year is 1917 and you
are listening to the first Jazz record by the Original Dixieland Jazz
Band playing Livery Stable Blues, or you're Swinging with your honey
on V-Day to Benny Goodman's licorice stick playin' "Sing, Sing,
Sing". You pick up your harmonica and play some blues, or maybe
today is a debate about who is the best Bebopper of all time..
The Radio Hour: Jazz is not about old, boring music, it's about great
musicians leaving their mark on history just like the musicians we
listen to today. Students learn that these songs were the top 40 of
their grandparents and great-grandparents. Students are asked to find
connections between music and the culture, politics, and people of
the Early Jazz, Swing, Bebop and Post Bop eras.
The Radio Hour: Jazz curriculum covers the historical contributions
of over 30 musicians and their music. The music for this curriculum
has been compiled for your convenience and available for purchase
by clicking on this itunes link The
Radio Hour: Jazz. Using resources from a variety of texts and
scrutinized web sites, students will analyze and move to key representative
works while identifying musical forms, improvisational styles, and
stylistic differences using my visual/aural pedagogy called call charts
which actually helps students to "hear" with their eyes!
The Student Workbook has over 115 pages full of music analysis, facts,
vocabulary, hands-on activities, review puzzles, rubrics for self-assessment
and it is fully organized to keep even the most difficult student
on task. All of this is supported by my website which includes music
analysis reviews, composer overviews, links to research sites, interactive
crossword puzzles , music flashcards,
and on-line flash quizzes.
The Teacher's Workbook contains all the lessons from the Student Workbook
with all the answer keys.
In addition it comes wth a wealth of support
1. Lesson plans for Era Units, Unit Activities
2. Power Point presentations for Open House / Back to School Night.
3 . Unit introduction Power Points to open dialog with your students
about what each era was about.
4 . Easy to locate and affordable media through iTunes. (approximately
$40) No need to buy hundreds of dollars of CDs.
5 . A easy to Plug-in electronic gradebook on Microsoft Excel.. Input
grades and it will calculate your averages.
6 . Ready made Sub plans, progress reports, media reviews.
In other words, you receive the benefit everything that I have been
teaching, testing, assessing, and modifying for the past nine years.
I know how much time it takes to be a great teacher, but the most
time consuming part is collecting the materials and organizing them
into a usable, multi-level approach that will reach every child while
meeting state and national standards.
the Author . . .
Steven Chetcuti is a Instrumental/General Music teacher in
Somers, New York (USA), where he conducts two middle school concert
bands, a jazz ensemble, the high school marching band, and teaches two
to three sections of General Music to seventh and eighth graders. Recently
a presenter at the 14th Annual International Music Technology Conference
and Workshop at School of Music, Indiana University at IUPUI, he has
also been an invited clinician at the International Association of Jazz
Educators(IAJE) Conference, as well as presenting for the Summer and
Winter Conferences of New York State.
Mr. Chetcuti was formerly the Director of Summer Winds for the Danbury
Music Center, where he conducted elementary through high school ensembles.
A Graduate of Western Connecticut State University, Steven completed
his administration degree from the College of New Rochelle with a concentration
in Staff Development. He is a member of MENC, the New York State School
Music Association, the Westchester County School Music Association,
Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Lambda Theta, and IAJE.