Study Strategies for Jazz Improvisation

Study Strategies for Jazz Improvisation


​New to Jazz or just need thorough but useful practice systems you can start to practice and apply immediately? If so, this is the course for you!

Other than the desire to immerse yourself in the jazz genre, the minimum prerequisite to begin this course is a good basic knowledge of one’s instrument – be able to play basic major and minor scales in all keys, a theoretical knowledge of basic chords – Major and Minor Triads and Seventh Chords. (Major 7th, Dominant 7th and Minor 7th).  Brent will use the piano and flute to demonstrate techniques and will upload reference documents along with audio and video files to the lesson page.

The course begins with a guide to strong chordal tones on scales and applied to a jazz tune or tunes in various standard jazz styles. Instructor then outlines how to connect the chord tones to create strong melodic/rhythmic lines and how to practice them to gain facility in all keys and chord types and to be able to transfer it to other tunes/song forms. Depending on the general class level and questions received, Brent can extend or elaborate on the systems for more beginner or more advanced players.


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.
You may also learn more and save by bundling in two 60 minute private online lessons with Brent.
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.


This class was taught from the Lessonface studio in the West Village of Manhattan to an in-studio and live online audience.
Class recordings are now available for new students to enroll and be inspired.
The class is covered by the Lessonface Guarantee - let us know if you are not satisfied for any reason within two days of purchasing access to the class and we will refund your tuition in full.

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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