Dizzy Gillespie

This learning block represents one week’s work. Aim to watch at least one video and choose at least one activity or project to complete.

 There are two videos to choose from about Dizzy Gillespie. The first one is from Sesame Street, and might appeal to younger kids. The second one is about Dizzy Gillespie’s life and work, it might appeal to older kids.

Feel free to watch one, or both!

If you liked part one of the Dizzy Gillespie interview, there are two more parts to it, here.

Learn “Salt Peanuts” with Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie on the Quest for Civil Rights

The best way to learn about music is by listening! 

Here are a selection of videos of Dizzy Gillespie performing and teaching. Listen to one or two, then come back another day and listen to some more. The best way to get to know a famous musician is by listening to their work.

Biography of Dizzy Gillespie Project

The video above is a full length documentary about Dizzy, his life and music. Maybe you can watch it with your family for movie night!

Now it’s time to record what you know, and maybe do some additional research about Dizzy Gillespie, his life, work, inspirations, and influences.

Here is a basic biography template for you to download and fill in.

Use the videos above, the books below, and other research online or through your library to discover all of the interesting facts of Ella’s life and musical genius. 

Save your written biography of Ella Fitzgerald for your portfolio.

Books About Dizzy Gillespie

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library. 

Dizzy Read Aloud

NOw Let’s Have some fun!