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Jazz Music for Young Children's Choir

Dear Colleagues,
My name is Kelsey Hamilton and I am an intern with my local community's children's choir. Our theme for next semester is jazz, and I'm looking for repertoire that the students will enjoy singing while being exposed to the jazz style/genre. Our group is usually about ten to twenty early elementary students that match pitch very well. Our group's portion of our concert consists of three pieces, usually two relatively fast and one slow. If you have any suggestions of pieces that have worked for you, I would love to have your imput.
Kelsey Hamilton
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on December 4, 2013 2:45pm
Hi Kelsey
I've written a song-cycle for children based around the relationship between popular music and dance. The first 3 songs focus on jazz. 'The Beat' is a call-and-response rap/chant highlighting the influence of African rhythms brought to America by the slaves. 'The Jazz Age' is about the beginnings of jazz and Satchmo's contribution. 'Jitterbug, Jive and Boogie-Woogie' focusses on the swing era and the big bands.
Each song also looks at what else was happening at the time eg. fashion, technolgy, to put the music in a social context. Most of all I think you'll find the songs are fun to sing.
Here's a link where you can listen to recordings of the songs and view the lyrics.
Best wishes
Glyn Lehmann
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