The Orchestra Swings
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Learn fundamental concepts of music and engage in creative activities through a deeper exploration of the ideas and themes of the Link Up repertoire.
What is Swing?
Learn about the beginnings of swing as a style of jazz music and discover how other genres can also feel what it means to swing.
The Orchestra Swings with Rhythm
How do musicians create swing using rhythm? Students explore the fundamentals of swing rhythm in “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “I Got Rhythm” and create their own rhythm section.
The Orchestra Swings with Form
How does form help musicians swing? Students establish an understanding of form and explore A-A-B-A form in “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and 12-bar blues form in “Duke’s Place.”
The Orchestra Swings with Improvisation
How do musicians use solo improvisation to swing? Students learn to improvise solos on “Duke’s Place.”
The Orchestra Swings with Communication
In what ways do musicians communicate when they swing? Students explore musical dialogue in “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and musical conversations within the ensemble in Bernstein’s “Riffs.”
What is an orchestra? Students learn about the instruments and families of the orchestra.
How can we prepare for and reflect on our culminating concert experience with our Link Up partner orchestra? Students learn about Carnegie Hall and important landmarks in their own neighborhood, as well as prepare for and reflect on the culminating concert.