Applied Jazz Theory

by Michael R. Scott, PhD


Applied Jazz Theory is a course that is intended to promote a better theoretical understanding of jazz improvisation through scale structure and applications, dictation exercises, rhythmic interpretation, chord symbol interpretation, student performances and arrangement and composition components. It is a main goal of this course to offer students as many meaningful experiences as possible through the serious study of Jazz Theory as it can be applied to improvisation.

In this course, students are given the opportunity to explore the theoretical foundations of jazz music using a systematic approach which combines the introduction and mastery of concepts with the application of these concepts to a musical instrument. Each unit focuses on a specific and progressively challenging area of jazz theory.

In the introductory unit, students are given a broad overview of basic music theory. In the units that follow, students learn to construct a variety of pentatonic modal and blues scales and how each chord can be correctly applied to a given harmony within the context of a typical jazz piece.

The first five units conclude with comprehensive unit reviews, exams and a student performance component through which students may demonstrate an understanding of the concepts presented throughout the course by performing on their individual instruments. This course concludes with a unit on orchestration followed by three projects based on arrangement for a small jazz group, a large jazz ensemble and an original jazz composition.

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Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction to Basic Music Theory
  2. Introduction to Basic Rhythmic Concepts
  3. Pentatonic Scales; Structure and Applications
  1. Modal Scales
  2. Advanced Harmony
  3. Basic Arranging and Orchestration

These instructional support materials (available in print or eBook versions), regularly updated, cover the complete course (at regular, honors, AP and IB levels), whether it be semester, year or 2-year (IB) with daily support for all aspects of instruction. The Teacher’s Edition includes a syllabus; correlation to standards; daily pacing guide; detailed daily lesson plans; teacher edition of student activity book or lab manual with answers; class notes in PDF (for use as color overheads) and/or editable PowerPoint's (for use with light projector or smartboard); and complete editable assessments. Classroom sets include 25 printed student books and Teacher Edition with DVD. Samples are available for each course (including complete short-term limited screen view versions in eBook format upon request). After purchase of the Teacher Edition in any of the various editions, student activity books or lab manuals are available for individual purchase. Although the online eBook version is screen view only, other versions are available that allow printing student material. Click here for details.

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Teacher Edition Subscription - eBook Version
screen view files only, typically purchased with student eBooks, timely delivery to qualified purchasers, includes 3 times email access to a mentoring teacher
Qty: $279 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-906-4
Teacher Edition Subscription Printed Version
Teacher Manual
Includes 3 times email access
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Qty: $349 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-288-1
Class Set with perpetual license - Printed Version
includes printed teacher manual, 25 printed student books and 3 times email access to a mentoring teacher.
Qty: $799 US

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ISBN: 978-1-59657-907-1
Student eBook
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Qty: $18 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-475-5
Printed Student Book
concurrent or prior Teacher Edition purchase is required.
Qty: $22 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-289-8
Mentoring Teacher Program Subscription
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for 370 days or end of next school year whichever is longer if purchased after Dec. 1
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