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At Farsley Farfield Primary School, the children are given opportunity to listen to a particular genre every half term. During the Sping 1 term of the 2014/2015 academic year, the genre was Jazz.

Jazz music began in the 1890s, over 100 years ago, in southern United States. The genre is known for its syncopation and swing rhythms, often accompanying dance. Initially played on the piano, Jazz developed to include trumpets, trombones, saxophones, bass and drums. The first pieces of music were written for instruments only. Vocal melodies and lyrics began to appear during the 1920s and ’30s. Even though the genre has been around for a long time, it remains very popular to this day!

Influential Artists and their Best Known Compositions

Scott Joplin The Entertainer

Glenn Miller Band In The Mood

The Andrews Sisters Bugle Boy Of Company B

Louis Armstrong What A Wonderful World

Nina Simone Feelin’ Good

Listen to the playlist below if you’d like to hear some jazz and please feel free to comment below! What instruments can you hear? What’s the tempo of a certain piece of music? Do you prefer songs or instrumental pieces?

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