No class should be without homework. The attendee should be given plenty of material to work on after the class to develop and hone their skills, whether it’s technical proficiency, artistic development, or even general knowledge-based. 

An accompaniment class may assign practice for inversions, rhythmic patterns, or progression memorization. An improvisation class may assign scales, finger patterns, pitch matching, or transcription homework. A history class may assign listening homework, or suggested readings for further insight. 

An example of homework assigned for “Intro to Jazz for Dummies” would be:

  • Listening Homework: Best of the Hot 5s and 7s by Louis Armstrong
  • Listening Homework: Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
  • Listening Homework: A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
  • Listening Homework: The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman
  • Listening Homework: Bitches Brew by Miles Davis
  • Listening Homework: Getz/Gilberto by Stand Getz and Joao Gilberto
  • Reading: The History of Jazz by Ted Gioia
  • Reading: Miles: An Autobiography by Miles Davis