Six Degrees of Music Appreciation
published on: 2/28/2003
Contributing Teacher(s): Elise Gutshall
Fine Arts/Performing Arts/Music Grade Range: High School (9-12) Materials Needed:
Grade Range: High School (9-12)
Objective: To link a contemporary artist/band to a jazz musician popular during the 1920''s, 30''s, or 40''s. This assignment will assist you in visually developing our contemporary artist''s roots in music.--Everyone is connected!
- Goal 1.8 organize data, information and ideas into useful forms (including charts, graphs, outlines)
- Goal 2.1 plan and make written, oral and visual presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences
- Fine Arts 4. Interrelationships of visual and performing arts and the relationships of the arts to other disciplines
- Fine Arts 5. Visual and performing arts in historical and cultural contexts
Time Allowance: three weeks
Description: Will assist students in visually developing our contemporary artist''s roots in music.
Comments: I allowed my students three weeks to complete this assignment. During which I allowed limited time in class, along with one class trip to the library. This assignment is also designed to stimulate self-guided research utilizing our media center and the Internet.
This assignment is similar to the game entitled "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." Your directions are to choose a contemporary band (it may be your favorite, it may not) and to connect that band, through no more than six connections (no fewer than five), to a popular jazz performer from the 1920's, 30's, or 40's.
Your presentation should be in diagram form (a chart, a tree, a web-be creative!) and should have a short explanation of how each individual is connected with one another. This project will take time---so be patient and do not procrastinate. Include a bibliography of all resources you used to connect your band (or singer) to a jazz musician. Good luck-and have fun!
You have until ____________to finish this project.
- Alicia Keys
- Roberta Flack (Killing me Softly with His Song)
- Les McCann (Discovered Roberta Flack)
- Gene Daniels (Played with Les McCann)
- Dizzie Gillespie (Performed with Gene Daniels)
- Charlie "Bird" Parker (Met Dizzie Gillespie in Kansas City)
With this information, I might make a flow chart using poster board, colored markers, glitter, etc. to highlight important information. I would also include a couple of recordings (maybe one of Alicia Keys, and one of Charlie Parker) to highlight similarities between the artists. Another possibility is to create a PowerPoint presentation using the materials researched. If you choose PowerPoint, please include a paper copy of the presentation. Include a short biography of each "degree" you use. There should be six biographies=six degrees. The biographies and bibliography must be typed if you plan to use them in your flow chart (and typed regardless where you use them for the project).
Your creativity, neatness and presentation of the final product are worth a significant part of this grade. Include this sheet with your bibliography-it is worth 20 points of your grade!
Six Degrees of Music Appreciation Scoring Guide
Date of presentation_____________________
Six degrees used 20 points Presentation 20 points Six biographies 20 points Bibliography 20 points Creativity 20 points Instructional sheet included with project 20 points All materials typed 20 points Research (I used on library days) -- are they using their time wisely? 50 points Neatness 10 points TOTAL 200 points
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