Detailed notes on all the works listed in AQA's suggested listening list and covered in the Rhinegold study guide:
-Saint Louis Blues (w/ Bessie Smith)
- Muskrat Ramble
- West End Blues
- The Mooche
- Come Sunday
- A Night In Tunisia
- Bird of Paradise
- Bird Gets The Worm
- So What
- (Cross The) Heartland
- Are You Going With Me?
- Almost Moment
- These Are The Good Days
Following some persistent behavioural issues in some classes I used this resource as a contract for any repeat offenders. Having been placed on report, students were asked to complete the form to describe their own behaviour. This process was repeated for 4 week's worth of lessons.
Students are given 3 riffs of varying difficulty and descriptions of different variation techniques to try. The resource mentions Sibelius but could apply to any sequencing software and could even be used for performance with an able class.
Lesson covering rondo form, theme & variation, and ternary form. Starter assumes some previous knowledge of other forms. Students examine rondo form and theme & variation through listening activities and finishes with a cloze activity.
Students compose an perform riffs using G blues scale on keyboard. The resource features three levels of difficulty which are assigned a Mastery Level (could be adapted to whichever assessment level system your school uses).
Activity I used as homework to support AQA (2016) A Level Music Jazz unit. Students list the characteristics of typical early jazz and swing musicians with reference to the set works we'd covered. In the following lesson we then used this as the basis of a comparison discussion and as a writing frame for an essay assignment.
A full unit's work covering each set work in detail as well as addition tracks and general contextual information. Some references are made to homeworks for which I used the Zig Zag resource pack but these could be removed if you didn't have access to it.