This book organizations the materials so that all parts of the brain become engaged while learning. In the first part of the book, Riposo has included a Learning Design Model and Whole-Brain Learning Design Model to help develop an understanding of the whole-brain approach. This book goes on to list appropriate lesson materials and identifies teaching styles and strategies that are used to create the environment from which students best learn appropriate jazz styles and jazz tunes. Riposo describes how jazz books are used in lessons to bring about learning on the highest level possible. Students are taught to use their knowledge and make a connection with pre-existing knowledge. Along with the list of jazz books included is a list of jazz tunes to be used to apply the knowledge obtained and to build a jazz repertoire. By the integration of learned knowledge, students will play music through their instrument while feeling a sense of relationship with it. The instrument can become a part of the player's body.
"Joe Riposo has written a terrific and comprehensive introduction to the ever-challenging concept and craft of jazz improvisation." ---Walt Weiskopf