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Swingin' on the Bars
By Ronald Carter and Glenda Cosenza
Book
87 pages
Middle School

Swingin' on the Bars is a collection of jazz standards arranged for xylophones, metallophones, solo Bb and Eb instruemtns, percussion, and voice. It was written to give middle school general music students the opportunity to learn about jazz using hands-on, performance-based activities. The Orff barred instruments provide a means for students with minimal instrumental training to experience jazz firsthand through direct experience and performance participation.

Presenting a variety of music arranged for Orff instrumentation in a swingin' style, this delightful collection is sure to engage your students' creativity while building musical skills. The sequence of tunes in this collection represents difficulty levels in terms of mallet technique requirements and challenges resulting from the level of harmonic complexity. Each piece is preceded by a suggested teaching sequence and listening resources.

Contents
Introduction
Jazz Enculturation
Preparing to Teach the Music
Playing Jazz on Barred Instruments
Music Theory Can Be Fun...and Relevant!
The Tunes 
   Duke's Place
   St. Thomas
   Java Jive
   Lester Leaps In
   Summertime
   Caravan
   Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
   A String of Pearls
   I'm Beginning to See the Light
   Ain't Misbehavin'
Vocal and Instrumental Parts
Discography
Supplementary Resources

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