Aurally-presented Scales provide a foundation for more advanced
Pitch Sets are progressive - students learn to walk before they run.
Chords are introduced one at a time, allowing students to gradually
master their harmonic understanding.
Rhythm Figures, taken from the jazz ensemble charts, help students
to develop their understanding of the phrasing and articulations
unique to jazz.
Improvisation Practice gives students the opportunity to apply what
they learned in the Scale, Pitch Set, chord and Rhythm Figure
Let's Check Progress motivates students by allowing them to chart
Spotlights develop the individual skills of rhythm section players.
Instrument-specific recordings for all Jazz Starters, charts, and
Lead Sheets are provided online in the First Place for Jazz
Interactive Practice Studio.
Rhythm Sectionals build the rhythm section groove for the Jazz
Ensemble Charts step-by-step.
Jazz Ensemble Charts cover rock, swing, and Latin styles, applying
what students learn in the Jazz Starters, Spotlights, and Rhythm
Books for alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, and trombone
include both lead and second parts on facing pages.
All students can play the melody for each chart and strengthen their
improve chops using the Lead Sheets.
They are suitable for combo performance and individual