Here's everything you need to start a beginning jazz ensemble! It doesn't matter if you're knowledgeable in the field of jazz -- this method will get you and your students swinging the right way in no time at all. The important elements of playing styles unique to jazz are introduced and reinforced through easy exercises and arrangements. Basic jazz theory and history are also introduced. The beginning steps to jazz improvisation are covered, and everything is sequentially arranged with the attention to detail you've come to expect from the Essential Elements method series. All of the exercises and compositions can be played by a full jazz ensemble, or individually with the CD that is included in each book. Listening to good jazz players is one of the best ways to learn, and playing along with the CD will be an excellent way for students to hear how jazz is played. With the Essential Elements Jazz Ensemble Method, you'll be laying a strong foundation in jazz that your students can grow on!