Introducing Blues for Middle School Jazz Band

Introducing Blues for Middle School Jazz Band

Michael Wann
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Cradlerock Upper Middle School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software


Middle School




Finale Notepad, IMac/PC


35 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students have from 2-3 years of instrument instruction. Students are familiar with basic rhythms such as whole, half, dotted half, quarter, eighth notes with corresponding rests.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing

NAfME Standards of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating

NAfME Standards of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding


Finale notepad free program


1. Students will be able to perform the “Blues” scale on the worksheet with instruments. 2. Students will be able to create a basic eight measure piece using Finale Notepad.


1. Demonstrate to the class the process of working with Finale Notepad. Website directions to download. Pass out information sheet of qwerty keyboard and note pad music assignments. 2. Play the Bb major and Bb Blues scales from worksheet. 3. The students will perform the three rhythm patterns from the worksheet. 4. Several students will perform a different rhythm from the worksheet. How would you notate the new rhythm? 5. Describe the sound of the Blues scale. ie: Happy or sad


6. Create an eight measure melody and rhythm based on the Blues scale. Limit the use of whole, half notes and rests. Only one of each rhythm allowed. Start and end with tonic note.

Follow Up:

Perform a jazz selection using the Blues.

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