This resource could be used in conjunction with the study of Take Five.
It contains all the information students would need for the context part of the Music Works standard (NCEA L1)

What is Jazz

This resource is a power point show. This ensures that students view the slides in an ordered way.

The student completes questions in the work sheets as each powerpoint slide is viewed.

The buttons beside each heading hyper link to further information


Both the Ragtime and Blues sections of the resource are sufficiently comprehensive to be used for an independent study of each of these topics (perhaps in Year 10).

They could also be used as students learn the musical language associated with various musical elements and features.


Some of the slides contain aural tasks that require focussed listening.

The answers, of course, do not appear until after the student has completed the task.

Jazz timeline

This resource was written to accompany a study of “Take Five”. There is therefore no further information on later Jazz styles (Contemporary, Progressive, Free form or Fusion).
The links are to Cool Jazz (the style of “Take Five”); to Bebop (around at the same time) and to Dixieland and Swing (styles of jazz that preceded Cool Jazz)

Both the Dixieland and Swing sections have a page summarising the use of elements and features of the style. Though some of the information is new, much of it has been covered in previous slides.

The resource consists of:
Interactive power point (51 slides)
Student work sheets for most of the slides
Assessment task and schedule

Because of audio content within the power points,
it is not possible for the files to be sent electronically.

On payment they will be dispatched to the purchaser within 5 working days.
The entire resource will mailed on a CD.

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