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Learn about the life and music of Duke Ellington. Get two graded premium piano arrangements, biography, and three activity worksheets.
Soda Fountain Rag (Ellington) Easy/Level 3 Piano Solo (2 Pages)
Soda Fountain Rag (Ellington) Easy/Level 5 Piano Solo (3 Pages)
Hey Kid's, Meet Duke Ellington Biography
Duke Ellington Word Search Worksheet
Duke Ellington Coloring Page
Meet the Composer Job Application
The composer word search is designed to build reading skills. Instead of including the search words on the worksheet, students are challenged to identify keywords in the composer biography. The words that define the life and achievements of the composer are the search words. The search words are included on the "About" page if you get stuck.
Students fill this job application out for the composer, including all the facts they have learned while reading the composer biography.
Want to introduce kids to recordings of composer masterworks? Give them a coloring page and crayons, and start the CD. They'll be focused and happy the whole time.
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Duke Ellington was born Edward Kennedy Ellington in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 1899. His father, James Ellington, made blueprints for the United States Navy. James and his mother Daisy were both pianists.
At the age of seven Duke's parents enrolled him in piano lessons. His parents encouraged Duke to practice every day, even though Duke would have preferred to play baseball. Daisy also encouraged Duke to have good manners and elegance. A friend nicknamed him "Duke" because his elegant manner and dapper dress gave him the character of a young aristocrat. Read more...