[quote name='Bobilleg74' date='Dec 11 2010, 09:51 PM' post='1012984']
I've never taken a pupil through the jazz syllabus before. I might be wrong, but my experience of other pupils who have done the exams is that they can be passed without actually needing to learn/know anything practical about jazz (ie history, chord-to-scale relationships, voice leading etc).[/quote]Nope i think you would be mistaken, certainly check the ABRSM Real book full of good info on historical background and developments, been a while since my students took ABRSM Jazz exam but certainly for LCM Jazz exams the examiner can ask you all sorts of questions about the specifics of Jazz and styles as well as history and basic biographical details.
[/quote]Jazz musicians are jazz fans and I found it staggering that G5 'jazzers' I have spoken to didn't know the names of any jazz players on their instruments, let alone actually listen to it![/quote]I can believe this....
[/quote]This said, I am resolved to dip a toe. I have a pupil in mind who is G5 'Classical' standard, plus G6 piano. He also has some interest in the genre. He passed a couple of exams before I took him over, so I'm going in at G5.
I believe that, if done properly, G5 Jazz is far more challenging than G5 Theory.
[/quote]Good for you! Hope you enjoy the path.