SchoolArts Magazine

February 2015

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18 SchoolArts Elementary Studio Lesson T he intersection of music and visual arts is a great place to start when teaching young students about abstract art. John Coltrane's Giant Steps by Chris Raschka (Richard Jackson Books, 2002) is the per- fect jumping-off point for this type of lesson. The book takes an innovative look at the music of jazz saxophone legend John Coltrane. With the book's simple watercolor illustrations and minimal text, students are inspired to explore and create overlapping colors and shapes, and lis- ten to how the overlapping of rhythms and instruments in John Coltrane's music creates new rhythms and sounds. Looking We begin by looking at the book and talking about how the author assigns shapes to instruments. Blue raindrops represent the drums, red squares represent the bass, yellow It Up! Rosy Ward JAZZ

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