Fats Waller Worksheet From Composers Monthly

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Fats Waller Worksheet From Composers Monthly

Once you get the Composer's Monthly worksheet, use this program to answer the questions on the back. Read carefully, you will have one chance to complete the assignment.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Read ALL THIS JAZZ on the back. What is a 'riff' in jazz?
    • A. 

      A solo

    • B. 

      An ostinato

    • C. 

      A repeat

    • D. 

      A name of a dog

  • 2. 
    What was young Thomas Waller's first music performance experience?
    • A. 

      Played in a band

    • B. 

      Played in a church

    • C. 

      Played at school dances

    • D. 

      Street performer

  • 3. 
    What was one of Mr. Waller's two "firsts" in jazz music history?
    • A. 

      Played ragtime

    • B. 

      Played the organ

    • C. 

      Played drums and piano at the same time

    • D. 

      Played in a movie

  • 4. 
    Mr. Waller's other first was he...
    • A. 

      Wrote the first book on stride piano

    • B. 

      Created slide piano with a trombone player

    • C. 

      Created the Cotton Club where Ellington played

    • D. 

      Created the first jazz waltz in 3/4

  • 5. 
    What is "stride piano"?  How does the name stride really fit the style?
    • A. 

      The player stands and walks back and forth near the piano

    • B. 

      The left hand strides back and forth from low to middle

    • C. 

      The stride comes from how you play the melody

    • D. 

      The left hand keeps the beat and plays the melody

  • 6. 
    In which other style are the "roots" of stride piano?
    • A. 

      Ragtime

    • B. 

      Jazz

    • C. 

      Improvisation

    • D. 

      Waltz in 3/4 time

  • 7. 
    What kind of "partner" did Mr. Waller write many of his songs?
    • A. 

      A poet

    • B. 

      A lyricist

    • C. 

      A composer

    • D. 

      A screenwriter

  • 8. 
    What is another name for the words of a song?
    • A. 

      Script

    • B. 

      Composer

    • C. 

      Words

    • D. 

      Lyrics

  • 9. 
    What did Fats Waller do while his fellow students gathered for assemblies at his school?
    • A. 

      He improvised at the piano

    • B. 

      He played the music of Scott Joplin

    • C. 

      He played rockin' music

    • D. 

      He played theater music

  • 10. 
    What was his first paying music job?
    • A. 

      Playing in a church

    • B. 

      Playing in a bar

    • C. 

      Playing in a theater

    • D. 

      Playing on a harmonium

  • 11. 
    MUSICAL WORD GAME ANSWERS Thomas played this instrument when he was six.
    • A. 

      Harmonium

    • B. 

      Harmonica

    • C. 

      Wooden chairs

    • D. 

      The piano

  • 12. 
    MUSICAL WORD GAME ANSWERS -  Mr. Waller worked with people who wrote these.
    • A. 

      Screen plays

    • B. 

      Vocal coach

    • C. 

      Lyricist

    • D. 

      Music opera

  • 13. 
    MUSICAL WORD GAME ANSWERS -  Mr. Waller was the first to use this instrument in jazz.
    • A. 

      Saxophone

    • B. 

      Flute

    • C. 

      Piano

    • D. 

      Organ

  • 14. 
    MUSICAL WORD GAME ANSWERS -  The Waller's lived in this neighborhood.
    • A. 

      Winfield

    • B. 

      Harlem

    • C. 

      New York City

    • D. 

      Kansas

  • 15. 
    MUSICAL WORD GAME ANSWERS -  Fats "stole" a scene from this movie.
    • A. 

      The Sting

    • B. 

      Toy Story

    • C. 

      Star Wars

    • D. 

      Stormy Weather

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