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How to Build Jazz Technique

Brent Stanton with his student

Detailed study and practice systems that serve traditional and contemporary jazz and other improvisational music styles.

Are you looking for detailed but usable systems to help you master all the elements in the jazz and contemporary music world?

Brent Stanton presents an integrated melodic, rhythmic and harmonic approach to playing, practising and mastering chords, scales, and other devices. Train your ears and fingers to work together to sharpen your instincts and help develop your own playing style -- and to help your composing skills also.

  • Topics Covered:
    • Pt. 1 Intro: Jazz Technique is Different for Everyone
    • Pt. 2 Jazz Scales
    • Pt. 3 Chord Connectors: Inside and Outside Sounds
    • Pt. 4 Longer Lasting Chords; Practice vs. Performance
    • Pt. 5 Chord Connectors: Different Chordal Tones and Using Scales
    • Pt. 6 Approach Tones and Applying What We’ve Learned


Originally from New Zealand Brent Stanton began playing music professionally at age 16, performing and recording there.

In 1978 he moved to Australia to continue study saxophone, flute, clarinet and composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. This led to an ongoing and varied performance, recording and teaching career in many music genres over a period of 10 years.  Performance venues included live concerts, Broadway shows and many film and television soundtracks.

In 1980 Brent received the Don Banks Fellowship Award from the Australian Arts Council, which led to intensive studies in the USA for 10 months.   There he studied with Al Regni (flute and clarinet), Eddie Daniels (saxophone, flute and clarinet), Dennis Smiley (bass clarinet), Nick Brignola (baritone saxophone) and Jamey Aebersold (jazz improvisation and teaching).
Upon returning to Australia in 1981, he formed the Sydney Jazz Quintet.  For over 5 years, this group toured throughout Australia – performing and teaching in schools by day and performing in nighttime concerts. The project, funded and overseen by the Musica Viva arts organization partnering with the New South Wales Board of Education included diverse music groups including the Sydney Jazz Quintet, The Sydney String Quartet, The Australian Chamber Orchestra and Capella Corelli.  This program afforded extraordinary performance and teaching experiences not available to many musicians. Brent designed the curriculum for jazz study used by the primary and secondary school teachers in conjunction with the group’s visit to each school.

In 1987 Brent returned the US again for music study, met his wife-to-be and moved permanently to New York shortly after, where he enjoyed an extensive music career as a saxophone, flute and clarinet player, and teacher, again across many music genres.
He returned to study further at Manhattan School of Music in 1991 – flute with Linda Chesis, saxophone with Bob Mintzer and improvisation studies with Garry Dial.  In 1998 he decided to concentrate solely on a flute and in 2000, released the CD “The Sign Of The Kiwi”.  Check tracks out on iTunes and Spotify.
Over the past 20 years, he has also worked at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in a variety of administrative and executive positions.  Brent was Director of Chapter Relations from 2002-2005, and for the past 10 years, has been the Executive Director of the Daytime Emmy Awards.
Brent has continued to perform music over this time.  In 2009 he began private study again with Garry Dial, and continues to develop his own playing and teaching systems based on the influences of Garry and Charlie Banacos.  He has most recently also been studying flute with the renowned Keith Underwood.
He is a father of 16 year boy/girl twins and enjoys the balance of inner city New York City living - and all its stimulation and inspiration - with a small house in Upstate New York and the great outdoors!  (After all, he is still a Kiwi!)

Enroll for immediate access to the recordings of the six classes, 342 minutes of video altogether.
Until January 31, 2019, we are offering a 30-day license to this course for free. Enroll between now and the end of January 2019 for a free 30-day license to this course. No payment information necessary.
We also offer an option above to get lifetime access to the course for $29.90.
You may also learn more and save by bundling in two 60-minute private online lessons with Brent, essentially getting the full course for free.
The six classes occurred in October and November 2017. You can watch the recordings at your convenience. You will receive immediate access upon enrollment.


Strategies for Jazz Improvisation as taught by Brent Stanton gives a wealth of information regarding how to structure one's approach to understanding and implementing the chordal structure of jazz. Brent not only lays down a native approach to getting to know a chart, he transforms the information into a usable form through demonstration. The exercises Brent offers up are transferable and timeless. The best part, however, for all of his skill and valuable information put into a learnable and doable format, is Brent's enthusiasm for jazz and for teaching. I highly recommend this course for beginners and experienced players alike, and I look forward to Brent's next installment. Thank you, Brent!



Age 14 and up. Students should have a knowledge of basic scales and chords.


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If you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to be in touch by chatting at us within our office hours, calling 1-800-211-7058, or emailing


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