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Chris Bruya

“Over the last several years, I had noticed that my students rarely made significant strides improvisationally, and I discovered a huge hole in our department curriculum: weak ear training. Using the most popular jazz improvisation method book at the time didn’t help either, as the emphasis was on theory, not on how things sounded. I knew I needed to make a change in our curriculum. It was about this same time that I met Steve Treseler and got a look at his soon-to-be-released text. I was so excited by what I saw in this book that I committed to using it with our improvisation course the next fall. Steve Treseler’s book, The Living Jazz Tradition, has been the best thing for me and my students. I am hearing consistent and measurable progress and the students are so inspired that they can’t wait to come to class and share what they have found out about their own playing.

 

The method is so simple yet so thorough, built upon the great learning tradition of the jazz world, but the best part is that it can be adapted as needed to use with individuals up to large classes. The enclosed accompaniment tracks are well done and VERY useful. The emphasis on ear training, time-feel, and phrasing are first-rate. I can’t imagine teaching improvisation any other way.”

 

Chris Bruya
Director of Jazz Studies at Central Washington University