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Using Music to teach Critical Thinking and Math: Session 1 FREE

from JazzSLAM (Jazz Supports Language Arts & Math)

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JazzSLAM Session 1: Using Music to teach Critical Thinking and Math
In the first of three sessions we will be taking a close look at the relationship between jazz and world geography & history, migration, African & Native American rhythms, and math.
This will include Call & Response (our earliest song form,) a “Rhythm Orchestra” and analyzing a Pie Graph of a rhythm.

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JazzSLAM Sessions are available for FREE to TITLE ONE schools!
Otherwise, the individual fee for Session 3 is $95.00, $90.00 for premium
All 3 sessions can be booked as a package for $265.00, $250 for premium package
The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.


45 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10Public Library: students 3-10

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Special Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

March 25- June 7 2019. mornings T-Th EST 9 AM, M & F 9-12 EST or M-F EST 4-6 PM

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

JazzSLAM Sessions are available for FREE to TITLE ONE schools!
Otherwise, the individual fee for Session 3 is $95.00, $90.00 for premium
All 3 sessions can be booked as a package for $265.00, $250 for premium package
The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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JazzSLAM (Jazz Supports Language Arts & Math)

Fort Lauderdale, FL
United States

Students soar out of the ordinary world into an educator led PowerPoint presentation with embedded music videos that use jazz to teach academics: language arts, math, history, geography & migration, test taking strategies, critical thinking, & problem solving.
JazzSLAM is available in three 45 minute eLearning sessions.

Mari Mennel-Bell

Program Details


This program begins with a brief explanation that A-A-B-A song form is similar to Narrative essay form.
2.Students will clap on beats 2 & 4 and follow the words (lyrics) of "A Night in Tunisia," and "The JazzSLAM Themesong," both of which are A-A-B-A songs.
3.Students will be asked to search for clues in the lyrics to answer a question.
4. Students will view maps of the world & specifically Africa and asked "What is migration?"
4. Students will learn 2 African rhythms & a Native American dance. They will learn how the Congolese rhythm Bamboula came to the Caribbean islands and to New Orleans
5. Students will participate in a "Rhythm Orchestra' and answer questions about subdivisions of the whole note.
6. Lastly, students will clap and analyze a whole note rhythm, and then for fun clap & stomp a number of whole note rhythms, as Call & Responses.


The participant will:
-understand how jazz, a joyful experience of self expression, grew out of a sad history of forced migration and slavery.
-explore how A-A-B-A song form is parallel to Narrative Essay form.
-use deductive reasoning to answer an unfamiliar geography question.
-make the leap from kinesthetic learning to intellectual learning for ex. subdivision of a whole note = 16 16th notes.
-compare a clapped rhythm, one that = a whole note, with a pie graph of the same rhythm

Standards Alignment

National Standards

JazzSLAM (Jazz Supports Language Arts & Math) supports 4th grade Common Core English Language Arts Standards and Mathematics Standards. Common Core “Standards for K-5 reading in history/social studies are integrated into the K-5 Reading standards.”
Reading: Literature 4th grade Key Ideas and Details:
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
Craft and Structure:
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
Language Arts Standards: Reading
4th grade Key Ideas and Details:
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band.
English Language Standards: Writing
4th grade Text Types and Purposes:
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose.
Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
Apply grade 4 Reading standards to informational texts (e.g., "Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text").
English Language Arts Standards: Speaking and Listening
4th grade Text Types and Purposes:
Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.
Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
English Language Arts Standards: Language
4th grade Conventions of Standard English:
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.*
Knowledge of Language:
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Mathematics Standards
4th grade operations and Algebraic Thinking
Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5.
Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.
4th grade: Number and operations in Base Ten
Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.
Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
4th grade: Number and Operations-Fractions
Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.
Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (n × a)/(n × b) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.
Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.
Build fractions from unit fractions.
Understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole.
Decompose a fraction into a sum of fractions with the same denominator in more than one way, recording each decomposition by an equation. Justify decompositions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. Examples: 3/8 = 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 ; 3/8 = 1/8 + 2/8 ; 2 1/8 = 1 + 1 + 1/8 = 8/8 + 8/8 + 1/8.
Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem.
4th grade: Measurement and Data
Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8). Solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions by using information presented in line plots.

State Standards

FSA, Florida Standards Assessments
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