JazzStandards.com is a website dedicated to the preservation of information for the musical compositions known as Jazz Standards. The information at this site has been assembled from hundreds of reference books and historical documents with additional commentary by jazz performers, historians, and musicologists. In one location you can find a list of the 1000 most-frequently recorded jazz standard compositions, detailed information on the top 300 jazz standards including origins, historical notes, musical analyses, CD suggestions, and much more. Concise biographies for the writers and introductions to performers A decade-by-decade look at jazz history through the trends, events, and people who shaped the jazz standards canon. References on hundreds of songs to help you in research.
Type of Material:
The site may be used for research and reference for jazz courses, as well as music theory and music history courses.
Standard web browser and a connection to the internet
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The user will learn about all the many facets of Jazz including historical and theoretical knowledge of jazz standards.
Target Student Population:
Middle School, High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Conservatory, Graduate School, Professional.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No pre-requisites needed to understand the content.
Provides large quantity of examples for a wide variety of jazz topics. The quality depends on the standard you choose. Some have more detailed information than others.
The site includes too many links, confusing navigational structure, lots of ads, distracting design. Although there is a lot of material, the main purpose of this site is to get people to buy product. Recordings or at least links to recordings as well as lead sheets would be very useful. The analysis often use a kind of classical approach and not more commonly used jazz theory concepts. So they may be somewhat strange for some jazz students.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
A great resource to get to know the history behind a standard and basic concepts about form and harmony and to learn about the authors.
A lot of material with many links that can lead the user further away from their intended objective. Needs to be absorbed in small doses to be effective. The user really needs to have a focused approach to researching material.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to use. Tried this site on an iPad and it works fine. Smaller screen sizes may be a little more difficult to see/navigate.
The design of this site makes it frustrating to use. Banner ads are visually distracting and many links lead to online stores. So the focus is on buying more than really learning. When browsing the index, the next and previous links may be to close to the ads. So, you may click an ad instead of the index links.
Other Issues and Comments:
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