The Radio Hour: Jazz

America's Music 1900 - 1980
(suggested Grades 7 - 12)

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.

Click on some to the sample lessons below.
Table of Contents
Singin' The Blues
Mary Had a Cool Little Lamb!

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About 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.