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Billy Strayhorn – Educational Lesson - Level 2

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William Thomas “Billy” Strayhorn was best known for his three decade collaboration with Duke Ellington, a well-known composer and bandleader. However, he was also a lyricist, pianist, jazz composer and arranger in his own right. Some of his most well-known compositions are; “Lush Life”, “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Chelsea Bridge.”

Now, students can enjoy participating in comprehension lessons to learn about Billy Strayhorn, his accomplishments, his contributions to music and his Harlem connections. With questions available on three different learner levels, students are sure to enjoy learning about the history of Billy Strayhorn and the lasting contributions that he made.

Three fun facts about Billy Strayhorn:

  • Billy Strayhorn was born with rickets on November 29, 1915, and died from esophageal cancer on May 31, 1967. 
  • He was a professional composer by age nineteen.
  • His ashes were spread across the Hudson River by his friends and partner. 

Harlem Roots Lesson: Level Two

An excellent choice for students with a better command of reading this lesson will contain one fact-filled reading comprehension lesson of approximately 350 words with ten questions to ensure a strong understanding of the lesson. You will also receive an answer key.

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