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Now's The Time: Teaching Jazz To All Ages



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Now's the Time: Teaching Jazz to All Ages
By Doug Goodkin
341 pages

A series of lessons on jazz, via the Orff Schulwerk approach. Not specifically a curriculum, though it presents a logical sequence that could be used as such. Includes 68 activities and arrangements for Orff instruments as well as essential theory and some key historical and cultural background.

Combining theory and practice, the book includes a developmental sequence for children between 3 and 14 years old applicable to beginners of all ages. It also includes a Middle School jazz curriculum with sample student work. The author encourages teachers to use the book as a model of ideas and material, and then adapt to fit their own teaching situation. A summary of the practical material is given at the end of the book.

Jazz Goes to School
Speech & Body Percussion
Jazz Movement
Beginning Ensemble Pieces
The Vocal Blues
Jazz Blues
Jazz Standards
Jazz Compositions
Jazz in the School Curriculum- Putting It All Together
Conclusion- The Legacy of Jazz
Appendix 1- Orff Schulwerk & Jazz- A Parallel History
Appendix 2- Soul & Spirit in Jazz
Summary of Material by Order of Presentation
Alphabetical Index of Material

Games include: Head & Shoulder, Soup Soup, Johnny Brown, Old Lady from Brewster.   

Speech & Body Percussion- pieces include: Boom Chick-a Boom, Newspaper Sermon, Mama Lama Kuma Lama, Scat with Name Sounds, Group Improvisation, Scat Improvisation, Tom Greedy Gut, Keith Terry's Body Percussion, Juba, Hambone, The Cookie Jar, Jazz Poetry.   

Beginning Ensemble- pieces include: Taa Taa Yee, Funga Alafia, Soup Soup, The Blackbird's Party, Step Back Baby, Liza Jane, The Cookie Jar, Green Sally Up, Hambone, Zudio Zudio, Ready for the Blues.   

Jazz Blues- pieces include: C-Jam blues, Blues Legacy, SKJ, Jumpin' with Symphony Sid, Centerpiece, Now's the Time, A Thrill from the Blues, Bag's Groove, Bag's 'n' Trane.   

Jazz Standards- pieces include: Perdido, Blue Moon, I Got Rhythm, Stompin' at the Savoy, Moonglow, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off.   

Jazz Compositions- pieces include: Jumpin' at the Woodside, Sing Sing Sing, Dizzy Atmosphere, My Little Suede Shoes, Listen Here, Earth Day Rap, Blue Rondo a la Turk, Free Jazz, Silence.

A 2-Disc CD set of the music is available separately, item 850287.


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Doug Goodkin is the ultimate Orff Schulwerk educator today. This tome so clearly lays out how to approach teaching jazz to young students.
John B on Dec 9, 2011
I don't have an Off Instrumentarium. Is this book heavy on arrangements I won't be able to use, or is there enough material outside of instruments to justify the purchase?
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