Publication and Features

Teaching Music Through Performance: Beginning Jazz Ensembles

Contributors: Ronald Carter, Roosevelt Griffin, Ben Huntoon, Brian Logan, Rob Parton, Willis Rapp, and Dean Sorenson

With this volume, the celebrated Teaching Music through Performance series is available for the first time for leaders of beginning jazz ensembles. This edition pairs practical perspectives from world-class jazz educators and performers— who specialize in working with beginning ensembles—together with Teacher Resource Guides for more than 60 of the best jazz charts published for beginning ensembles.

Part II: Conductor as Teacher focuses on the best jazz repertoire published today for beginning ensembles and provides a Teacher Resource Guide for each work. Each Teacher Resource Guide includes background information on both the composer and the history of each chart, technical and stylistic considerations, a discussion of musical elements of the work, and measure-by- measure rehearsal tips for the best jazz repertoire tailored for beginning ensembles. The repertoire covers Grade 1 through Grade 3.5.

This book is a truly significant resource for both beginning jazz educators and their students, and an invaluable contribution to the field.

For a complete listing of works covered in this volume, visit 

Chapter 1: Recruitment and Rehearsal Strategies for the Beginning Jazz Ensemble

Chapter 2: Scheduling Options for the Beginning Jazz Ensemble

Chapter 3: Beginning Jazz Ensemble Instrumentation

Chapter 4: Basiz Jazz Articulations for Beginning Jazz Band

Chapter 5: Beginning Jazz Improvisation

Chapter 6: Selected Resources

Teaching With Poverty in Mind

How can I address the effects of poverty in my school and in my community? 

This DVD series, based on the best-selling book by Eric Jensen, brings to life the concepts and strategies that have worked in schools with a history of high performance among students raised in poverty. 

Use the video and embedded workshop materials to introduce your learning community to how to turn around the effects of poverty on behavior and academic performance. 

Classroom scenes show how teachers model emotional responses for their students, reduce the effects of chronic stress, and provide students with life skills training. Explore schoolwide success factors that support the whole child and foster a school culture that refuses to let students fail. And see examples of how your school can do more to help underserved students by fostering intellectual curiosity, strengthening academic performance through arts and athletics, and changing community assumptions about academics.

Program One (available separately) takes you into elementary classrooms where teachers attend to the social, emotional, and academic needs of their students. 

Program Two (available separately) explores school and classroom success factors that support the academic achievement and life readiness of older students.