Middle School Jazz Charts
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Please help us develop a list of recommended jazz charts by difficulty from Very Easy Middle School, Easy Middle School, Difficult Middle School and so on. Tell us what charts you have used successfully at this level that you think would belong on such a list. Describing it’s style would be helpful, too!
Not endorsing these lists, but a good deal of great information here – charts range from 2-5 in difficulty.
This list is geared more toward a HS band:
One of my favorite composers is Chris Sharp. His FJH listings are at:
Check out Mike Dana from Fresno City College in Fresno, CA.
He has written some excellent charts for middle school bands. He is also published by Kendor
COUNT BASIE and DUKE ELLINGTON!!!!
Take the “A” Train
Depending on the students’ skill level these tunes can be easy to difficult. But the point is: the history, style and language is built into these tunes. If you want to teach them right start here. Lots of teaching opportunities for you and the students are playing the music by Americas greatest composer (Duke) and most swingin’ band leader (Count)!
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