This is a comprehensive method for developing the skills of your young jazz students! Using the experience gained in creating the well-known Standard of Excellence Band Method, the authors have designed an aurally based method that will help students learn to play jazz by listening! Ideal for group or individual study, each part book comes with an accompaniment CD, providing students with opportunities to listen to and play along with professional jazz musicians. Easy-to-use Rhythm Studies, Improvisation Studies, special rhythm section exercises and full jazz ensemble charts all come together to provide the most comprehensive introduction to jazz possible! The Director Score includes all music and text from the student books, plus teaching tips, rehearsal suggestions, articles on various aspects of putting together a band, and many activities to help reinforce students' abilities.