Jazz Listen and Compare

Jazz Listen and Compare

Michael Wann
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Northfield Elementary School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:





General Music


Midi files of Jazz excerpts.
Sequencing program ie: Digital Performer, Cakewalk, ProTools
Computer lab or several “stations”


60 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

1. Knowledge of Jazz Elements and styles.
2. How to listen and mute tracks in ProTools

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.
MENC 9: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture


ProTools available as free download.


1. Students will be able to listen and compare/contrast Midi files of two jazz performers ie: Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie.
2. Students will be able to mute different tracks of the recordings to produce musical effects.


1. Prepare a ProTools session of various jazz examples.
2. Prepare a worksheet detailing what the student knows about compare and contrast ie: What style is the excerpt? Could you tell from the title only how the piece would sound? Which excerpt is your favorite piece? Why?
3. Have students find jazz session in ProTools, then pass out worksheets.


Assessment of class worksheets.

Follow Up:

Have students find other jazz midi files to compare and import them.

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