The Top Selling Jazz Education Books

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Art Poster, The Alto Sax - 18.75 x 27.5

FREE SHIPPING on this item when you purchase 2 or more Art Posters from ClassicPix.com. This high quality, durable Art Poster measures 18.75" x 27.50" and arrives ready to frame. Posters are printed on heavy-stock, semi-matte paper producing the best possible combination of color vibrancy and durability. All posters from ClassicPix.com are made on demand one-at-a-time, just for you -- not mass-produced. Please allow up to 5-6 days for custom printing of your poster. Though it may take a few extra days, our personal hands-on processing pays off in quality! What do our customers say? "The product I received was absolutely stunning. I can not speak highly enough about the quality of this piece of art. I would not hesitate to order from them again!" (Rated by edsynth2 on 10/10/2007.) "Item arrived very quickly. Was even better than I'd hoped! Many, many thanks! Beautiful!" (Rated by skoiyase on 9/24/2007.) Each of our images is available in a variety of sizes and formats, including matted/framed posters and mounted canvas prints. To see all formats available for this image, use the search box above and enter "classicpix: Alto Sax" (do not include quotation marks). Questions? Feel free to contact us with any question about any of our 90,000 products. We're here to serve you, and we love hearing from our customers!


Art Poster, The Tenor Sax - 18.75 x 27.5

FREE SHIPPING on this item when you purchase 2 or more Art Posters from ClassicPix.com. This high quality, durable Art Poster measures 18.75" x 27.50" and arrives ready to frame. Posters are printed on heavy-stock, semi-matte paper producing the best possible combination of color vibrancy and durability. All posters from ClassicPix.com are made on demand one-at-a-time, just for you -- not mass-produced. Please allow up to 5-6 days for custom printing of your poster. Though it may take a few extra days, our personal hands-on processing pays off in quality! What do our customers say? "The product I received was absolutely stunning. I can not speak highly enough about the quality of this piece of art. I would not hesitate to order from them again!" (Rated by edsynth2 on 10/10/2007.) "Item arrived very quickly. Was even better than I'd hoped! Many, many thanks! Beautiful!" (Rated by skoiyase on 9/24/2007.) Each of our images is available in a variety of sizes and formats, including matted/framed posters and mounted canvas prints. To see all formats available for this image, use the search box above and enter "classicpix: Tenor Sax" (do not include quotation marks). Questions? Feel free to contact us with any question about any of our 90,000 products. We're here to serve you, and we love hearing from our customers!


Black Framed/Matted Print 17x23, The Alto Sax

FREE SHIPPING on this item when you purchase 2 or more Framed Art Posters from ClassicPix.com. This high quality art poster is matted and framed by our professional framers, and arrives fully assembled and ready to hang. The durable black wood frame measures 17" x 23" - poster size is 12" x 18". A clear plexiglass facing protects your poster and adds a lusterous shine. Posters are printed on heavy-stock, semi-matte paper producing the best possible combination of color vibrancy and durability. All posters from ClassicPix.com are produced and framed on demand one-at-a-time, just for you - not mass-produced. Our personal hands-on processing assures the highest quality. What do our customers say? "The product I received was absolutely stunning. I can not speak highly enough about the quality of this piece of art. I would not hesitate to order from them again!" (Rated by edsynth2 on 10/10/2007.) "Item arrived very quickly. Was even better than I'd hoped! Many, many thanks! Beautiful!" (Rated by skoiyase on 9/24/2007.) Each of our images is available in a variety of sizes and formats, including matted/framed posters and mounted canvas prints. To see all formats available for this image, use the search box above and enter "classicpix: Alto Sax" (do not include quotation marks). Questions? Feel free to contact us with any question about any of our 90,000 products. We're here to serve you, and we love hearing from our customers!
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Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator's Handbook and Resource Guide

A comprehensive guide that opens the doors to the world of jazz education. Written by internationally recognized and successful jazz educators experienced at teaching jazz to elementary, middle school, high school and college students as well as to teachers and administrators.
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Customer Review: Book is for band directors but ensemble members will gain insight.
Another book with a great concept: include a DVD which shows what's inside the book. Here Dr. Willie Hill is shown in a clinic type format demonstrating to high school jazz band participants how to play jazz standards. The DVD is a documentary format of a live classroom setting of real students being taught how to solo. Dr. Hill also instructs the 4-piece rhythm section, telling the musicians to listen to the drummer's accents. Both a high school ensemble and a college ensemble are represented. This book also ties in with a great video set that shows the role of the drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards in the rhythm section called "Drums In the Rhythm Section" (also Piano, Bass, Guitar) with top caliber players like Steve Houghton. The book does a good job of presenting jazz in a methodical way. It starts with jazz history and influential players. It then moves on to the development of jazz instrumentation and jazz styles. As to not overwhelm the novice, a blues tunes, "Billie's Bounce", is used as a starting point. Helpful pointers like scales, modes, and arpeggios are explained and written out. Since classical musicians will only be familiar with standard grand staff notation and unfamiliar with simplified jazz charts, time is taken to explain the anatomy of a chart. The book's expensive but one you'll keep in the library for reference, especially if you plan on being a jazz band director. Also, as a supplemental addition, get "Approaching The Standards" by the same author to practice what you've learned here.
Customer Review: Outstanding Resource
Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator's Handbook and Resource Guide by J. Richard Dunscomb is an outstanding resource for new music teachers and experienced professionals as well. It contains detailed well thought out articles by leading jazz educators in their fields of expertise...clearly outlined and easily understood examples descriptions. A must have guide for learning or for remebering things you already knew but needed a fresh perspective.


The Guitar Artistry of Tony Keck: Touch Technique

National award-winning guitarist, Tony Keck, performs a unique style developed through years of studying various forms of music. Using his blues based tapping technique, he creates a soulful, rhythmic, yet meditative sound. His instrumental influence has created a combination of intermixing classical tinge, blues, pop and jazz. His wide variety of musical experiences has made him recognized for his distinctive compositions of sound. There is only one way to describe the harmonious music Tony creates . . . . captivating.
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Cat Who Went to Heaven

A story in jazz for children and adults, featuring 4 singers, a narrator, and 14 jazz and classical musicians, including Grady Tate, Kenny Barron, George Mraz, Dennis Mackrel, Clark Terry, and Frank Wess.
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The Teaching Company - Elements of Jazz

Lectures: Plantation Beginnings Rise and Fall of Ragtime The Jazz Age Blues The Swing Era Boogie, Big Band Blues, and Bop Modern Jazz The ABCs of Jazz Improvisation


Our Musical Heritage Series: Jazz

21 minute short educational film focusing on an introduction to jazz music, its roots and evolution.
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Improvising Jazz (A Fireside book)

This work offers useful information on how jazz music can be improvised.
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Customer Review: This was not what I thought it was going to be
Part of being a good improviser is having a vocabulary of things that you can draw from. This was not that thing. (Perhaps Coker had the idea that you can find all the lick books that you want and deliberately chose to leave licks out of this.) But what I expected was a book that would have some songs and give three or four different solos for one song for the purposes of comparative study. The book did teach a few things, such as concretely comparing the difference between modal jazz and the blues form-- and telling how a solo should be built. But it didn't *show* how a solo should be built and provide examples. Now that I think about it: There was not one single treble clef in the whole book. The whole thing was lead sheets and chord symbols. It also listed several play-alongs that every jazz pianist should have (like we didn't have sense enough to go out and find the playalongs to songs that we liked). This is definitely not worth a new purchase. Secondhand, maybe. And that is only for music dabblers (=me), because any music major would already know all the theory that he covers.
Customer Review: Jazz understanding
Good book if you are a jazz student or want to improve your improvising. Work book parts are a bit small. Print could be larger to help us older semi-blind students. Great resource.


Grammarchants: Student Book (Jazz Chants)

A collection of chants designed to review basic American English grammatical structures.
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Customer Review: Grammarchants Is a Perfect Suppliment for ESL Classes
I have used Grammarchants with the cassette in my Beginning and Intermediate Adult ESL classes for years. Students have the opportunity to practice pronunciation, increase speaking rates and listening comprehension, and practice or review various verb tenses. Furthermore, students become more aware of syllable stress. The teacher who introduced me to Grammarchants recommended a three step process. First, students listen to a passage. Literacy and new Beginning Level students could do this step without the cassette. Then the class should do a quiet choral reading of the passage. Repeated playings may be needed. Finally, when the students seem confident, they should be able to read chorally at the the same rate as the tape. Students also find the dictation execises and interviews to be productive and enjoyable.


Now's the Time: Teaching Jazz to All Ages

This one-of-a-kind book combines practice, theory, aesthetics, history and a proven pedagogy in leading both children and adults in the joys of jazz. It features 70 activities for teachers to do with children based on the Orff approach to music education, a clear developmental sequence and a thorough analysis of the basics of the blues, jazz standards and improvisation. Activities are applicable to preschool, elementary and middle school students and adaptable to any age. They include games, speech, body percussion, movement, songs and arrangements for Orff instruments of classic jazz tunes. Included also is a Middle School curriculum with examples of children's work.
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Customer Review: fantastic education resource
I am a student teacher, and bought this book looking for great resources for teaching in the music classroom. The book is designed to implement some jazz into your classroom, you don't even have to be all that familiar with jazz, it starts at the basics, it teaches you how to teach jazz. You could use this in primary with some of the games or songs and some of the more advanced stuff would work very well in highschool. This book is fantastic, I highly recommended it to anyone who is interested in adding some jazz, and improv into your music classroom.


A History of US: Book 9: War, Peace, and All That Jazz 1918-1945 Teaching Guide (History of Us, 9)

This teaching guide accompanies the third edition of the pioneering history of the United States. Like A History of US, this guide is designed as a flexible resource to be used with students at varying levels. Each guide presents conceptual frameworks, teaching strategies, and assessment suggestions as well as a range of activities for enrichment and extension.
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Customer Review: worth every penny
Item is worth the price considering all the time it saves on lesson planning. Thorough, concise, worth it!
Customer Review: The Great Depression and World War II in one volume
"War, Peace, and All That Jazz" is the ninth and second to last volume in Joy Hakim's series A History of US, and it covers a lot of ground. It starts with the end of the First World War and ends with the end of the Second World War. In between it throws in the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and the New Deal. Even though it starts on November 11, 1918, Hakim sets up this book as covering the start of a new century, establishing the idea that after World War I everything was different. The preface even underscores the point with a photograph showing a public gathering in Munich on August 1, 1914 when a crowd cheered Germany's decision to go to war; among those photographed in the mob in an enlarged circle was a smiling mustached 25-year-old Austrian watercolor artist named Adolf Hitler. This volume basically breaks down into three main sections. The first deals with the complete transformation of the United States after World War I, with Prohibition, Women's Suffrage, and the Red Scare. The Scopes "Monkey Trial" gets an extended sidebar and chapters are devoted to both Babe Ruth and the Negro Leagues (with references to Jesse Owens and Joe Louis as well). Modern technology is represented by the achievements of Edwin Hubbel, Albert Einstein, Robert Goddard, and Charles Lindbergh. The second section sets up "The Prosperity Balloon" that popped when the Stock Market crashed. Having established the problem, Hakim presents Franklin AND Eleanor Roosevelt as the solutions, devoting a half dozen chapters to each of them before FDR runs for the White House. The final section deals with World War II, starting with the idea of Hitler, Francisco Franco, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, and even America's Father Coughlin, as 20th-Century monsters. Hakin deals with the Nazi's Final Solution to exterminate the Jews in Europe and the scientists who warned FDR of the threat of Germany developing the atomb bomb, before Pearl Harbor draws the United States into the war. While dealing with the high points of the two-ocean war, Hakim also devotes chapters to the interment of Japanese-Americans as "Forgetting the Constitution," and the death of FDR before final victory. After the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan and the arrival of peace, the final chapter, "Picturing History," ends the book with works of art including paintings by Edward Hooper, Georgia O'Keefe, Joseph Stella, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and others. In "A Note from the Author" Hakim talks about the first half of the 20th century in terms of the famous opening lines of "A Tale of Two Cities," where Charles Dickens declares: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness..." The emphasis here is on the idea that there are lessons to be learned from the horrible things that happened during this period by the young students reading this book today. This series remains ideally suited for children who are being home schooled because Hakim brings the same sort of involvement to her historical narrative that you would want to see provided by a teacher in a classroom. This book pays as much attention to Louis Armstrong's jazz as it does to Babe Ruth's home runs and consistently relates things back to the thesis that these three decades full of optimism and despair, progress and Depression, and war, peace and all that jazz, forever changed the United States. In response to the twin challengs of the Great Depression and World War II, Franklin Roosevelt essentially set the stage for the United States that emerged in the second half of the 20th century.


Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz

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Sing Your Story (CD included) (A Practical guide for Learning and Teaching the Art of Jazz Singing)

A Practical Guide for Learning and Teaching THE ART OF JAZZ SINGING
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Jazz Danceology: Teaching and Choreographing Jazz Dance

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The Complete Guide to Teaching Vocal Jazz

Steve Zegree is the director of Gold Company (the vocal jazz ensemble at Western Michigan University) and is an internationally recognized authority on vocal jazz styles, repertoire and rehearsal techniques. This book was written to help "classically trained" choral directors begin a vocal jazz group or improve an existing ensemble. Chapters include: "It's a Matter of Style," explaining the three general categories of vocal jazz, swing, Latin, and ballad; "Sound Reinforcement," which includes practical information on all the components of a sound system, including specific types of equipment and set-up; and "Choreography, Staging, and Programming" focusing on the great debate: shall we dance?
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Customer Review: Excellent text on Vocal jazz
excellent text on vocal jazz.comes with a cd giving many examples found in the book.if your experience is more towards the "old" school of choral directing-this text will give you insights on vocal jazz.


Teaching Jazz: A Course of Study

Co-published by MENC: The National Association for Music Education This book provides guidance on starting a jazz-oriented program in conjunction with any existing program. Organized in six levels from Beginner to Advanced, it is suitable for any age or grade level and is designed so students and teachers can work at their own pace. Developed by the International Association for Jazz Education Curriculum Committee. A publication of IAJE and MENC.
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Mel Bay Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar/Teaching Your Guitar to Walk Bk/CD set

A very well-written book teaching the popular fingerstyle bass/chord "walking" jazz guitar technique. This book is made to order for the novice fingerstyle jazz guitarist who wants to tie chord progressions together with great sounding bass lines. Through short exercises and original compositions, Paul Musso establishes theoretical ground rules for a systematic approach to playing creative bass lines. Technical and harmonic concepts are gradually introduced with the goal that students are able to lay down authoritative bass lines of their own invention. In notation and tablature.
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Customer Review: a taste of jazz guitar
This is not a book for beginners to learn jazz. There is almost no theory and the chords are much too hard for any beginner. There are also many typos, mostly in the tablature. But if you already have a couple of years of fingerstyle music under your belt (preferably classical) and want to learn a few cool jazz rhythms, then this book has a few. I particularly like Latin Lines, Southern Ragtime and Jazz Blues. These are fun pieces to play and most listeners will think that you're a real pro when they hear you play them, that is, unless they hear you play them twice which is when they might realize that you're playing what you memorized (jazz player mostly improvise). You might also learn to train your ear to recognize some jazz chords and progressions. But as I say, the book is not for beginners and is not comprehensive. You'll need much more if you want to learn jazz but this is great for noodling around. Most Mel Bay books are junk or are meant to be studied with an instructor. The covers look good, the song titles look cool and they are filled with snippets of wisdom, but they are designed to sell books and not to teach music. If you really want to learn any style of guitar then you'll need to work with a good instructor, preferably someone who either plays in public or used to. There are just too many questions that a book can't answer and then there is the matter of correct posture, healthy hand positions and supplemental exercises and pieces that only someone who is working with you can recommend. Even many pros take seminars, master classes and even regular lessons from musicians better than themselves. People who bought this book and expected to learn jazz guitar had unreasonable expectations, probably are new to the guitar and fell for the "eye candy cover" and cloying promises. I contacted Paul Musso a few years ago to ask him some questions but recently I tried his email address at the Mel Bay website and it no longer works. You can find most of the errors in this book by assuming that the music is correct and the tab is wrong.
Customer Review: Good Material - Lots of Typos
The material in this book is excellent. This is a great book to start playing walking bass lines with chords type accompaniment. He explains the concepts clearly and the examples sound excellent. It also comes with a CD to hear what the examples sound like. The downside of the book is that there is a lot of typographical errors. So be careful as you through the examples to take care that you are playing the right thing with the fingering that makes the most sense. This is a style that every modern jazz guitarist needs in his arsenal and this fine book to learn it from.


Teaching Improv in Your Jazz Ensemble: A Complete Guide for Music Educators

MENC: The National Association for Music Education
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An annotated survey of teaching materials for jazz improvisation


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