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Tuesday February 16, 2010 at 10:39pm Age: 8 yrs
Category: Otisville Elementary

Black History Month: The Importance of Jazz


Students in Mrs. Fenfert's fifth grade music classes worked in groups to learn about important African American jazz musicians.  Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzie Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Scott Joplin were among the jazz greats about whom students learned.  The students were given books about the musicians and had to do their own research.  They made posters to showcase the information they found.  The students have a clear idea about the important contribution that these African Americans have made to the arts.