Method Books

Standard of Excellence Advanced Jazz Ensemble

by Dean Sorenson and Bruce Pearson

The Standard of Excellence ADVANCED Jazz Ensemble Method continues the successful jazz instruction presented in the Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensembles Method.

Designed as a comprehensive jazz course for group and individual study, it can be used by students who have completed the Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensembles Method, or any student with intermediate-level instrumental skills and at least one year of jazz ensemble experience.

Method highlights:

  • Improvisation techniques: Focuses on improvisation learned in the Improvisation Studies and Advanced Improvisation Studies.
  • Full jazz ensemble charts: Includes 13 full jazz ensemble charts in a variety of styles, including Swing, Latin and Rock. Charts are playable by as few as nine instruments; two alto saxophones, one tenor saxophone, two trumpets, one trombone, piano, bass and drums.
  • For traditional and non-traditional jazz instruments: In addition to the standard jazz ensemble instrumentation, books are available for flute, clarinet, French horn and tuba.
  • Jazz pedagogy: Included in the Director's Score - an invaluable resource!

The Standard of Excellence ADVANCED Jazz Ensemble Method series is comprised of individual instrument method book and a conductor's score.