Jazz Band e-Learning Site
Jazz Ensemble students: this page will be your resource for Jazz Ensemble Class over the next few weeks of e-Learning.
Week 6 - April 27, 29 and May 1
Like the past two weeks, please use the Symphonic Band page as your homework resource.
Monday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 8
For this week, we will continue to work on creating blues scales.
Students should complete the Blue Scale Worksheet in the "Downloads" section. This is similar to the one we did last week. You can use the worksheet from last week as your guide for the 3 steps it takes to create a Blues Scale.
NOTE: be very cautious of the KEY SIGNATURES when altering notes to create the blues scales.
You can either print the worksheet, fill it out by hand, and take a photo of your completed work... OR... you can annotate directly onto the pdf, save it, and email it back to me. The second option worked really well for many students last week.
When you finish your assignment, please email it to me at:
There will not be a playing assignment/video for this week. I am still working to get instruments to every single student in band to be able to complete video assignments. We will pick back up next week with video recordings.
Wednesday, April 1, and Friday, April 3
Wednesday, April 8, will be the final day that this week's assignments will be accepted late.
For this week, everyone will be required to submit a video of themselves practicing and performing the four Blues Scales we use daily in class. The music for this is available in the "Downloads" section to the right of this column.
You will need to prepare and perform each of the four blues scales from memory. Hailey will need to do this on mallets or a keyboard showing you understand how to play the four Blues Scales. I have a bell kit if you need to use one instead of a piano.
The four scales must be played sequentially in one video. Use the standard method we use in class (half notes once and then, quarter notes once).
Each blues scale video performance will be evaluated on a 50 point scale. The following categories will be used:
1- Note Accuracy - 25 points
2- Rhythm Accuracy - 25 points
As you practice these, work for memory as next week, we will be doing the same thing but the videos will be done from memory (eyes closed while filming).
When you have made your final and best video, submit that to me via email:
You will additionally have 1 worksheet to complete for this week. This is the EXACT SAME worksheet we started the year with on how to create a blues scale. If you were not in class first semester, this is a GREAT tool to help you better learn your way thru these scales and improve your improvisation skills.
You will need to download the version that works best for you (treble clef or bass clef). Then, print the worksheet at home and complete the activities at the bottom. You can simply take a clear photo of your completed work and email me that as your homework. Email me if you have any questions on how to complete your assignment.
You have the entire week to complete these two assignments.
CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the BLUES SCALES for B flat instruments
CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the BLUES SCALES for E flat instruments
CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the BLUES SCALES for C treble clef
CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the BLUES SCALES for bass clef instruments
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CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the TREBLE CLEF worksheet
CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the BASS CLEF worksheet