This course is made up of five one-on-one appointments between the student and instructor, either each day for a week or over a number of weeks. The instructor will spend 20 to 30 minutes each meeting discussing one of the five major historical periods in jazz. This will include a discussion about performers, compositions and distinctive traits.
Following the one-on-one time with the instructor, the student will go to the computer and listen to about 45 minutes of musical examples chosen by the instructor. The student will also have access to a guide outlining the salient points. The student could go back and listen to things more than once if he or she chooses to do so. Because the teacher will be close by, the student could also ask questions as they arise.
After each listening session, the student will have time to share observations and ask questions. At the end of the week, the student will note his or her favorite pieces and the instructor will burn a CD for keeps. The student will also receive a “style test” covering the styles he or she studied during the course.
All of this will be done without “homework.” Because the student will take home a CD and materials that review all that was discussed, study can continue after the course.