WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN

Jazz Standard

Marching Band in New Orleans

Musicians marching in a parade while playing brass and other instruments  

Louis Armstrong 

Famous African-American Jazz Trumpeter from New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana 

Musicians playing in the streets  of the famous French Quarter in New Orleans

RHYTHM WARMUP:

Clap, sing, or play along with the rhythm cards!

LISTENING:

Listen to this recording of "When the Saints Go In" performed by the legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong.

How can you tell when the musicians are taking solos?

How would you describe how the musicians are playing together after their solos?

CONNECTING:

LOUIS ARMSTRONG: AN ICONIC JAZZ MUSICIAN

"When the Saints Go Marching In" has its roots in New Orleans, Louisiana, which is the birthplace of one of the most famous jazz musicians named Louis Armstrong. He played both the cornet and the trumpet. Louis Armstrong and the jazz classic "When the Saints Go Marching in" are both "iconic," meaning that they are highly respected by the world. 

Listening Collection:

"When The Saints Go Marching In"

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What instruments do you hear in the  Listening Collection recording of "When the Saints?"

SONG ANALYSIS

(Think, track, and sing along!)

What does the rhythm sound like?

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What does the melody sound like?

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Which fingers play this song?

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A tie in music is a curved line that connects two notes on the same pitch. You hold or play the tied notes for the length of both notes. Ex) The first tie in "When the Saints Go Marching In" connects a whole note worth 4 beats with a quarter note worth 1 beat.  4+1=5 so the first tied notes in this song are played for 5 beats.  

Questions: How many ties are in this song?   How long do you have to play the other tied notes in the song?

PRACTICING:

Play along using the keyboard image with the video, or download your own keyboard card:

USE A CURVED HAND POSITION WITH THE THUMBS ON MIDDLE C.

BE SURE TO HOLD THE TIED NOTES FOR THE LENGTH OF BOTH!

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PERFORMING:

Play along with and without the video using the interactive keyboard  below!

USE A CURVED HAND POSITION WITH THE THUMB ON MIDDLE C.

5       4       3       2       1         2       3      4      5

PRACTICE TRACKER:

How many times did you practice the song?

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CONNECTING:

"When the Saints Go Marching In" is truly one of the most well known songs in the world! Check out some of these video performances.  Which performance do you like the most and why?

CREATING:

Compose your own rhythms in 4/4 time!

Can you use a tie?

Download the PDF here:

RESPONDING:
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