Skills for teaching Jazz, You wish you learned as a Music Education Major!

This course provides a practical pedagogical focus to jazz ensemble instruction as well as the study and application of the techniques of improvisation for beginners. It is my hope that this course will help equip music educators and jazz enthusiasts with the tools necessary to comfortably integrate jazz performance in their classrooms.

Do you want to get your jazz ensemble to swing? Do you have a hard time demonstrating jazz concepts? Would you like to get your students to improvise? Are you interested in organizing a jazz program in your school, but have no idea where to start?

With keen insight into teaching jazz to secondary school students, Dr. Grennor shares innovative strategies and materials aimed at assisting music educator’s with overcoming the common challenges of jazz education. The course also offers an innovative method for incorporating jazz improvisation as a regular part of every jazz band rehearsal, which will have your students sounding like a Pro!

Course Overview

Topic 1: Jazz Styles

Origins of Jazz

Swing Style Basics

Latin Jazz

Topic 2: The Jazz Ensemble


The Big Band

The Jazz Combo

Rhythm Section

Set-up & Instrumentation

Selecting Music for Your Band


Topic 3: The Jazz Ensemble Director

Rehearsal Techniques

Teaching Improvisation

Music Technology

Topic 4: The Performance

Programming Music

Jazz Festivals

Jazz Competitions

Topic 5: Listening Guide

Who to Listen to?

What to Listen for?


What’s in the Course?

HD Video Lessons

Downloadable Backing Tracks

Audio Examples of All Jazz exercises & riffs

PDF Sample Lesson Plans

PDF Curriculum Guide

PDF Resource GuIDE

Access to Jazz Band Foundations Forum

Lifetime Access to Course Materials


Frequently Asked Questions?

1. How long will it take to get access?

As soon as you purchase is completed you will receive a confirmation email. Please check junk and spam folders for this if you don’t see it right away. Follow the instructions in this email to login to the Members Area where you will find the course waiting for you.

2. Can I view the lesson content on my tablet or mobile device?

Yes! The content can be viewed on any device as long as you are connected to the internet. Video content is streamed in High Definition and can be watched an unlimited amount of times. The PDF downloads and MP3 tracks can be downloaded for offline use.

3. Does my access expire?

No. Once you are enrolled, you have lifetime access. There are no recurring fees or renewal fees.Pay once, that’s it.