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Billy Strayhorn – Educational Lesson - SL

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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 Supplemental Lesson

People learn in many different ways. One of the best ways to ensure that every lesson is forever remembered is by purchasing the supplemental lesson for each lesson. All of the supplemental lessons will contain three different activities to help build an understanding of the topic, and help reinforce what they have learned.

  • With your supplemental lesson, you can expect to receive a vocabulary list which will feature ten words and their definitions as they are related to the text for the student to do.
  • For easy learning you will also enjoy ten fun facts that pertain to the lesson.
  • In addition to these tools, every supplemental lesson you also contain one word search puzzle.

Enjoy the videos on Billy Strayhorn below

Pay a visitor to the Billy Strayhorn Website


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