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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Smooth -- Unplug Your Kids

This week we learned about smooth jazz as our unplug your kids project. First, we read about the history of jazz here. We learned that smooth jazz evolved from Fusion and that it usually does not include improvisation. Instruments include electric keyboards, sax, guitar, and percussion and it is probably the most commercial form of jazz. Next, we listened to smooth jazz by Kenny G, Chuck Mangione, Richard Elliott, Boney James, Rick Braun, David Benoit, Bob James, Paul Hardcastle, David Sanborn, George Benson, Norman Brown and others here. We learned a bit more about Chuck Mangione here. Then, we created some artwork to go with Mangione's work, "Land of Make-Believe."


  1. Very original project for "smooth," I love it! I hope you'll post a picture of the artwork. I'd love to see what the kids came up with!

  2. We'll try to do that tonight or tomorrow. The flash drive is fulL!

  3. Great! I couldn't get the phrase "smooth jazz" out of my head all week...but I have to be honest. I do not like Jazz, so I didn't want to do a jazz project. (so we made "smooth" ice cream! Not posted yet).

    Nice ideas!


  4. What a great project. I am going to look at the links. My kids love music. Thanks


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