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March 06, 2003

Graham Still Chanting Away

Monday's Daily Yomiuri carried an article on Jazz Chant originator Carolyn Graham entitled "Chanting teacher has still got the beat." Graham was an English teacher in New York in the 1960s and doing a side job as a ragtime jazz entertainer at a piano bar. It was when she put the two together that she came up with the idea of using jazz beats to teach English speaking and listening. Jazz Chants are now well established and celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. The Yomiuri doesn't keep its articles online very long so you'll need to be quick. The article is in the "Language Connection" section.

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