Foreword and Acknowledgements
How to use this book:
This text reflects the basic way in which I have taught my jazz theory and improvisation courses at a variety of primarily college level institutions over the past twenty years. The state of jazz pedagogy has changed radically during that time, as have my personal educational perspective and experience.
This text constitutes an updated, hopefully more clearly organized version of my 1983 text Jazz Theory, reflecting the changes in my teaching style and organizational method which have been a result of this evolving experience, both musically and pedagogically.
It is designed in a topic-by-topic format, including bibliography, discography, and relevant suggested assignments at the end of each chapter. The discography is quite specifically related to the musical examples referenced in the text, and all the recordings are listed in their currently available forms, so that even an institution or individual wishing to start from scratch in reaching such a course could do so. Likewise, I feel that the bibliography is quite comprehensive, relevant, and up to date.