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A Musical Mix from Cook, Dixon & Young: Live in Concert

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Students will learn about each member of the tenor trio, Cook, Dixon & Young. They will conduct background research and create an imaginary television segment based on the group. The students will also research different musical genres and use what they have learned to construct a musical program as well as explore various aspects of diversity in the arts and discuss larger cultural issues surrounding it.


1. Students will research Cook, Dixon & Young.

2. Students will create a presentation based on their research.

3. Students will explore jazz, opera, and other styles of music.

4. Students will create a musical program.

5. Students will engage in reading and writing activities.

6. Students will participate in a discussion regarding diversity in the arts.

7. Students will summarize and analyze a variety of resources.

8. Students will examine the relationship between culture and the arts.

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Victor Trent Cook
Rodrick Dixon
Thomas Young



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Broadway & The Blues



The Arts

Understands how informal and formal theater, film, television, and electronic media productions create and communicate meaning.

Understands how the context in which a dramatic performance is set can enhance or hinder its effectiveness.

Understands the relationship between music and history and culture.

Knows sources of American music genres (e.g., swing, Broadway musical, blues), the evolution of these genres, and musicians associated with them.

Knows and applies appropriate criteria to music and music performances.

Understands how the elements of music and expressive devices are used in music from diverse genres and cultures.

Language Arts
Gathers and uses information for research purposes.

Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media.
Contributes to the overall effort of a group.
Uses reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of informational texts (e.g., textbooks, biographical sketches, letters, diaries, directions, procedures, magazines, essays, primary source historical documents, editorials, news stories, periodicals, catalogs, job-related materials, schedules, speeches, memoranda, public documents, and maps).

This lesson was originally prepared by Bay Breeze in 2002 and revised in July 2005.

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