Jazz it up: teaching English with jazz chants

Jazz it up: teaching English with jazz chants

Recently, we’ve talked about using music in the classroom. It’s difficult to overestimate the beneficial effect of songs on developing students’ vocabulary and command of grammar structures, as well as their role in fostering a positive classroom climate. However, there is one more alternative to pop and rock and today we’ll take a closer look at it.

Have you ever heard about jazz chants? I bet you have! Created by Carolyn Graham, they are poems which use jazz rhythms to illustrate the natural stress and intonation patterns of English. There are Grammarchants and Small Talk Chants, Jazz Chants Old and New, Holiday Jazz Chants and many more to cater for the needs of your particular class.

Why use them with teenagers?

Jazz chants are instrumental in introducing teenagers to rhythm, stress, and grouping. At this age, they do not show much enthusiasm for dri