The Great American Songbook serves as an introduction to the iconic collection of songs that originated in Broadway theatre, musical theatre and Hollywood musical film. They have come to comprise the foundation of jazz repertoire for both vocalists and instrumentalists. Composers whose work is included in the Great American Songbook include Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Duke Ellington, among others.
Great American Songbook students are given playlists and leadsheets––including both vocal and instrumental renditions of original and contemporary versions of songs––for practice with backing tracks. The Great American Songbook also focuses on the historical origins of the repertoire and highlights its significance within the jazz art form.
The Great American Songbook is far-reaching and has something for everyone – students discover repertoire completely new to them that becomes personally meaningful.