Jazz Improv on Silent Night

Jazz Improv on Silent Night

Robert Hazel
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Cecil County MD Public Schools

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments
Notation Software
Instructional Software


Middle School




Computer. Sibelius Software


40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Instrumental performance skills appropriate to activity

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: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

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

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Projector, “Silent Night” Improv Worksheets and Jazz Arrangement


1. Students will perform known melody in jazz style with Sibelius arrangement playback.
2. Students will practice scales from worksheet, identifying chord and non-chord tones
3. Students will practice improvising on scale tones while viewing worksheet during Sibelius arrangement playback


1. Students perform known melody in jazz style from notation with arrangement playback
a. unison
b. individually
c. 4-bar call and response style

2. Students practice diatonic scales from worksheet

3. Students practice ascending and descending scale tone arpeggios from each scale

4. Students practice improvising on scales and scale tones live with arrangement playback, observing chord changes


Teacher observation of improvement in fluency during performance

Follow Up:

1. Continued exploration of call-and-response performance practices in jazz styles.
2. Practice with utilization of passing tones and non-chord tones during improv

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