by Antonio J. Garcia


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Jazz Improvisation: Practical Approaches to Grading

By Antonio J. Garcia. ISBN 978-1-57463-144-9, $19.95

If grading music students in any creative course for credit is a challenge, how much more difficult is it to grade something as personal and nebulous as Jazz Improvisation? Should students be evaluated on their creativity in soloing or simply on technical skills such as chords and scales? What are the objectives in an improv course, and how can they be graded? The instructors whose responses are presented in this book represent over 700 years of combined experience teaching Jazz Improvisation—over 400 of those years for credit.

“Tony’s suggestions, along with the many comments, will pave the way for more comprehensive grading. This book should be mandatory reading for all graduating music ed students.”
Jamey Aebersold, NEA Jazz Master

“García has produced a lucidly written, probing, analytical, and ultimately practical resource for professional jazz educators, replete with valuable ideas, advice, and copious references.”
Darius Brubeck, Musician, independent academic, and honorary artist-in-residence at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

“Groundbreaking. The comprehensive amount of material García has gathered from leaders in jazz education is impressive!”
Janis Stockhouse, Director of Bands, Bloomington High School North, Bloomington, IN

“Whether you’re a new or veteran jazz improvisation instructor, Jazz Improvisation: Practical Approaches to Grading is an excellent resource!”
Dr. Kate Reid; Director, Jazz Vocal Performance; Frost School of Music, University of Miami

“This amazing resource-book combines his personal insights with input from a large number of highly regarded jazz educators.”
Dr. Martin Norgaard, Music Education, Georgia State University School of Music; Author, Jazz Fiddle Wizard Series

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