Minimum instrumentation for method effectiveness: 2 - Alto Sax · 1 - Tenor Sax · 2 - Trumpet · 1 - Trombone · 1 - Piano · 1 - Bass · 1 - Drums.
The Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method is designed for use by Middle, Junior High, High School, and Community Jazz Ensembles, and in the Private Studio. The book is divided into three sections, each representing a different jazz style: Rock, Swing, and Latin.
Each section contains Rhythm Studies and Improvisation Studies which may be played with other members of the ensemble or with an accompanying CD. Each section of the book also includes jazz charts (13 in all), which apply what is learned in the Rhythm and Improvisation Studies. The flexible scoring allows allows for a full-sounding ensemble with as few as half the standard instrumentation.