In the Spirit of Jazz

Jerry from orffsite.com writes:

This is an excerpt from a lesson I teach that allows the students to have a jazz experience on the Orff instruments. This excerpt is from my website. http://www.orffsite.com/syncopation-lesson.php

Here is a little fun improvisation lesson that you can use to teach syncopation.

You will be using this MP3 link for a “jam track” :  http://www.orffsite.com/resources/sycopa.mp3

Feel free to download the MP3. It is a quick track I made with Band-in-a-Box and is free for you to use.

Make sure your speakers are on. 

Chant the rhythm below with your students: sync-o-pa, with the rhythm being an eighth followed by a quarter followed by an eighth tied to a half. Put this rhythm on the board after they have successfully played or chanted it.

Have your Orff instruments set up in C pentatonic. Demonstrate your sync-o-pa on any pitch and have the students echo. Start the MP3, Syncopa, and play a few measures yourself. Let one at a time try playing with the track. 

Options: Play one chorus using a different rhythm pattern, then go back to the syncopa on the next chorus. Play the rhythms of fruit names, apple, peach, watermelon etc. Play the syncopa rhythm as a group, calling out which bars to play. Try an E, D, C pattern for instance, with the syncopa pattern on each bar.

Thanks for sharing! Check out Jerry’s website at www.orffsite.com.

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One response to “In the Spirit of Jazz

  1. Marvelous Track! Thank You, Jerry!

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