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Developing jazz pedagogy is an ongoing pursuit. You may find these resources helpful along the way. 

Jazz Pedagogy​

Baker, David: Jazz Pedagogy: A Comprehensive Method of Jazz Education for Teacher and Student, Alfred Publishing Co.

Chapman, Caleb; Coffin, Jeff: The Articulate Jazz Musician, Alfred Music Publishing Co.

Coker, Jerry: The Jazz Ballad: Experience Ultimate Expression, Advance Music. 

Dunscomb, J. Richard; Hill, Willie: Jazz pedagogy: The Jazz Educator's Handbook and Resource Guide, Warner Bros. Publications.

Miles, Richard; Carter, Ronald: Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz, GIA Publications.

Papich, Mary Jo; Adamsons, Ryan: Rehearsing the Jazz Band. Meredith Music Publications, a division of G.W. Music, Inc.

Poulter, Zachary: Teaching improv in your jazz ensemble: a complete guide for music educators, Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Smith, Ray: The Real Jazz Pedagogy Book: how to Build a Superior Jazz Ensemble, Outskirts Press.

Tomita, Fumi: The Jazz Rhythm Section: A Manual for Band Directors, Roman & Littlefield.

West, Chad; Titlebaum, Mike: Teaching School Jazz: Perspectives, Principles, and Strategies. Oxford University Press.

Classroom Method Books

Sorenson, Dean: Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method, Neil A Kjos Muisc Co. 


Steinel, Mike; Sweeney, Michael; Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble: A Comprehensive Method for Jazz Style and Improvisation, Hall Leonard Corp.

Phone Apps

iReal Pro:

TonalEnergy Metronome and Tuner​:



Amazing Slow Downer:


Aebersold, Jamey: How to Play Jazz and Improvise, Jamey Aebersold Jazz. 

Aebersold, Jamey: The II-V7-I Progression, Jamey Aebersold Jazz. 


Baker, David, Jazz improvisation: A Comprehensive Method of Study for all Players, Maher Publications.

Coker, Jerry: Improvising Jazz, Simon & Schuster.

Coker, Jerry: Patterns for Jazz, Alfred Publishing Co.

Haerle, Dan, Magic Motives: A Method for Developing Jazz Vocabulary, Jamey Aebersold Jazz


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Jazz Theory ​

Haerle, Dan: The Jazz Language: A Theory Text for Jazz Composition and Improvisation, Alfred Publishing Co.

Haerle, Dan: Scales for Jazz Improvisation: A Practice Method for all Instruments, Alfred Publishing Co.


Levine, Mark: The Jazz Theory Book, Sher Music.

Tomaro, Mike; Wilson, John: Instrumental Jazz Arranging: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide, Hal Leonard.

Guitar ​

Ness, Dave: Playing Guitar in a Jazz Ensemble, Kendor Music.


Kadmon, Adam: The Guitar Grimoire: A compendium of Formulas for Guitar Scales and Modes, Carl Fischer.




Haerle, Dan: Jazz Piano Voicing Skills: A Method for Individual or Class Study, J. Aebersold Jazz.

Levine, Mark: The Jazz Piano Book, Sher Music Co.

Mantooth, Frank: Voicings for Jazz Keyboard: A Comprehensive Approach to Contemporary Keyboard Voicings for the Performer, Arranger, Teacher, Jazz Theorist, H. Leonard Pub. Corp.

Drum Set

Helbing, Stockton: Big Band Drum Set Sight Reading Etudes Volume I, Stockton Helbing Music. 

Gabriele, Bobby: Chart Reading Workbook for Drummers, Hal Leonard. 


Learn Jazz Standards:

10 Minute Jazz:

Jazz Imposters:

Jazz History​

Bowden, Marshall; Rooth, Mike: Quotable Jazz, Sound and Vision.

Crow, Bill: Jazz Anecdotes, Oxford University Press.

Gioia, Ted: The History of Jazz. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gioia, Ted: How to Listen to Jazz, Basic Books. 

Gioia, Ted: The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire, Oxford University Press.

Jones, Leroi (Baraka, Amari), Blues People: Negro Music in White America, Harper Collins Publishers.

Biographies ​

Bechet, Sidney: Treat it Gentle: An Autobiography, Da Capo Press.

Berrett, Joshua: Louis Armstrong & Paul Whiteman: Two Kings of Jazz, Yale University Press.


Chilton, John: Billie's Blues: The Billie Holiday Story 1933-1959, Da Capo Press.

Cole, Bill: John Coltrane, Da Capo Press. 

Davis, Miles; Quincy Troupe: Miles: The Autobiography. Picador.

Ellington, Edward Kennedy: Music is My Mistress, Da Capo Press. 


Gourse, Leslie: Wynton Marsalis: Skain's Domain, A Biography, Schirmer Books.

Haddix, Chuck: Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker, University of Illinois Press. 

Kahn, Ashley: A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album, Penguin Books. 


Levinson, Peter. J: Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way, Da Capo Press.

Marsalis, Wynton: Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life, Random House Trade.


Nisenson, Eric: Ascension: John Coltrane and His Quest. Da Capo Press.

Russell, Ross, Bird Lives!: The High Life & Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker, Da Capo Press.

Fake Books

The Real Book - Volume I Sixth Edition, Hal Leonard.


Jazz Education in Research and Practice, Volume 1 Issue 1. New York: Oxford University Press.

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