of the previous lesson on Bamboula, and
of the fact that Bamboula was written in the mid-1880’s while the other selections
were written later. Tell them to keep in mind the interaction between African,
American, and European musical styles and instruments in the creation of Bamboula and that the same interaction
was key in the development of jazz.
Give them the Background Reading. They should read it
in any way you wish. Whole Class, Groups, or Individually. There is no
particular written assignment designed to go with the reading, but the background
information is useful. Alternatively, it could be distributed the day before as
a homework reading.
selections in this order
CASCADES (disc 1
I HATE A MAN LIKE
YOU (disc 1 # 14)
JUST A CLOSER
WALK WITH THEE (disc 1, #6)
BRASS BAND MEDLEY
(disc 1, #7)
MAMA INEZ (disc
1, # 18)
While the songs
are playing, project or write the questions for each selection on the board.
The questions are below under SELECTION
QUESTIONS. Ask students to write down a few words in response,
but remind them that their chief task is to listen to and try to understand the
(This portion can be eliminated if the teacher wishes. In that case, move
straight to Whole Class Discussion or
placed in groups
Their task is to
be sure that they have a response for each question.
that they will be called upon to contribute to the discussion.
One method is to
assign two songs to each group and require them to post their responses. In
this way there will be differing responses to compare.
sufficient time, perhaps twenty minutes, to share answers and be sure that
everyone has an answer written down for each question.
Ask students to share
their responses from the selections. If students first discussed their
responses in groups, each group could be asked to report.
discussion, responses could be typed into a computer document and projected on
It can also be
useful to replay those selections that students found most appealing or
You might also
explore the differing responses of students with musical training from those
with none, or students whose ethnicity ties them more closely to the Mama Inez selection.