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Teaching School Jazz: Perspectives, Principles, and Strategies

Chad West and Mike Titlebaum


Teaching School Jazz: Perspectives, Principles, and Strategies is an edited collection of suggested practices in school jazz education authored by a seasoned and diverse lineup of jazz educators with supporting research-based case studies woven into the narrative. It provides not only a wealth of school jazz teaching strategies but also, and perhaps as important, the jazz perspectives and principles from which they are derived. The first part of the book describes the current landscape of school jazz education and offers an overview of basic jazz concepts through the lenses of two expert, yet ... More

Keywords: Jazz pedagogy, jazz audio and visual demonstrations, college jazz pedagogy, school jazz education, jazz case studies, jazz teaching strategies, jazz-specific teaching material, jazz perspectives, jazz principles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190462574
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190462574.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chad West, editor
Assistant Professor of Music Education, Ithaca College

Mike Titlebaum, editor
Director of Jazz Studies, Ithaca College

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Part I School Jazz Education

Part II Language of Jazz

3 Social Language of Jazz

Andrew Goodrich

4 Pedagogical Language of Jazz

Russell A. Schmidt

Part III Teaching Beginning Jazz

7 Beginning Rhythm Section

Chad West, C. Michael Palmer, Michael Grace, and Daniel Fabricius

Part IV Teaching High School Jazz

Part V Instrument-Specific Jazz Pedagogy

12 Jazz Vocal

Catherine Gale

13 Jazz Saxophone

Mike Titlebaum

14 Jazz Trumpet

Frank Gabriel Campos

15 Jazz Trombone

Christopher Buckholz

16 Jazz Guitar

Bob Sneider

17 Jazz Piano

Russell A. Schmidt

18 Jazz Bass

Nicholas Walker

19 Jazz Drums

Gregory Evans

Part VI Jazz Literature

20 Choosing Jazz Literature

Daniel Fabricius

End Matter



Appendix 3.1: List of Resources

Appendix 6.1: List of Tunes Appropriate for Beginning Improvisation

Appendix 7.1: Bass Guide Tone Warm-up

Appendix 7.2: Piano Guide Tone Warm-up

Appendix 7.3: Guitar Guide Tone Warm-up

Appendix 10.1: Jazz Ensemble Player Profile

Appendix 10.2: HS Rhythm Section—Video Supplements

Appendix 11.1: ii-V7-I7 Practice Sheet

Appendix 11.2

Appendix 11.3

Appendix 11.4

Appendix 11.5

Appendix 11.6

Appendix 11.7

Appendix 11.8

Appendix 11.9

Appendix 11.10

Appendix 11.11

Appendix 11.12

Appendix 11.13: Recommended Literature List

Appendix 12.1: Suggested Listening List

Appendix 13.1: Recommended Listening List

Appendix 14.1:

Appendix 14.2: Mouthpieces for Different Tasks

Appendix 14.3: Mutes

Appendix 15.1: Important Jazz Trombonists

Appendix 15.2: Resources

Appendix 16.1: Recommended Resources

Appendix 16.2: Influential Jazz Guitarists

Appendix 17.1: Harmonic Equivalence for Major 7th Chords in All 12 Keys

Appendix 17.2: Harmonic Equivalence for Minor 7th Chords in All 12 Keys

Appendix 17.3: Harmonic Equivalence for Half-Diminished 7th Chords in All 12 Keys

Appendix 17.4: Directed Listening List

Appendix 18.1: “All About That Rhythm”

Appendix 19.1: Improvisation

Appendix 19.2: Influential Drummers

Appendix 20.1: Resources for Choosing Literature

Appendix 20.2: Jazz Ensemble Performance Calendar Planning Worksheet

Appendix 20.3: Jazz Chart Classification

Appendix 20.4: Jazz Band Profile Worksheet

Appendix 20.5: Jazz Ensemble Literature Review Worksheet

Appendix 20.6: Descriptive Grooves in Swing, Rock, and World Music Charts

Appendix 22.1: “All About That Rhythm”: Outline and Chart