All Blues: Jazz for the Orff Ensemble


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All Blues: Jazz for the Orff Ensemble
Jazz Education Series: Roots and Blues
By Doug Goodkin
Book and CD
152 pages
For elementary - middle school grades with some activities suitable for as young as preschool and some for older than middle school

All About Blues: Jazz for the Orff Ensemble provides a step-by-step progression based on the Orff approach that guides you from the world of children's games through the poetry of the vocal blues to the sophistication of jazz blues.

The material and lesson plans in this book can stand alone, but there are cross-references to pages in the author's Now's the Time: Jazz for All Ages book (available separately) and he recommends using the books in tandem.

The tunes are in arranged in order of simple to complex and according to certain stylistic features. Each piece leads to the ones that follow it for sequential learning, but each piece can also stand on its own. Every tune introduces a new element to build a large expressive musical vocabulary of the blues. Some early games and songs can be used with preschoolers. Some of the Orff instrument arrangements can be adapted to high school jazz bands. The pieces and sequences can also be adapted for piano students.

Most of the arrangements are for diatonic instruments. When chromatic notes are essential, the authoor suggests the piano, chromatic Orff instrument or vibraphone.

The CD features selections from the author's student ensembles at The San Francisco School between 1983 and 2011. These 24 tracks are from previous recordings (some originally on cassette) by his students. Most of the pieces in the book are on the CD.

How to Use this Book

- Shoo Turkey, What's Your Game? ,One Potato,One Two Three, Mama Lama, Humpty Dump, Lemonade Blues

- Science Fair Blues, Rainy Day Blues, 8th Grade Blues, School Days, No Blues Blues

A: Riff Blues: a a a
- Sonnymoon for Two, Night Train, Happy-Go-Lucky Local, Splanky
B: Riff Blues: a a b - Chitlins con Carne, Blues for Juanita, Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, Birk's Works, Watermelon Man
C: Blues with Changing Third: a a b' - Bluebird, A Thrill from the Blues, Tenor Madness, All Blues, Doug's Blues
D: Blues with Other Changes: a b c - Equinox, In the Mood, Pfrancin',
E: Blues Up a Fourth: a b c - Freddie Freeloader, REM Blues, Nostalgia in Times Square, Things Ain't What They Used to Be, The Worst Is Yet to Come, Walkin'

Addendum 1: Tips for Improvisation
Addendum II: Tips for Piano Teachers
About the Recording
Further Resources/Bibliography


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What grade level is All Blues: Jazz for the Orff Ensemble best for?
Mary ann on Sep 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: For elementary - middle school grades with some activities suitable for as young as preschool and some for older than middle school.

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