Variation of a Theme Using Jazz Combinations
This performance task will use skills from a beginning jazz curriculum. The teacher will select the focus skills for the class level or use the example from this assessment. Students will learn a 16-32 count jazz combination and will then individually adapt this movement phrase to create a variation.
Examples of variation of a theme include retrograde, ornamentation, repetition, fragmentation, etc. Intimate Act of Choreography by Lynne Anne Blom is a helpful resource for more information on using theme and variation structure.
Students will perform, record, and evaluate.
This assessment does not use musical accompaniment to allow for more experimentation and not limit or hinder student choices when creating variations.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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