Introduction to Jazz Harmony

modern-harmony-front-coverFor some classical musicians, understanding the rich sounds of jazz harmony can seem elusive and unobtainable. But jazz harmony – an extension of classical harmony, is beautifully logical, simple to understand, and widely applicable. It sounds magical but there is no magic to it!

Students of theory, arranging and composing are well-served by understanding triad structures, chord selection, symbols, AB voicings, 4th-progressions, 9ths and dominant 13ths, and altered chords – all featured in this clear and well-organised workbook. Learning how to voice and apply these beautiful sounds for the piano and other harmonic instruments is enormously satisfying.

‘Modern Harmony Method’ is an introduction to jazz harmony suitable for middle through senior school students, students of arranging and composing, pianists (absolutely!) and classical musicians wishing to understand the beauty of jazz harmony. It is clearly presented with explanations, examples, exercises, and solutions.

Available through Amazon, Kindle, JW Pepper, Alfred (UK), or click here and receive a 20% discount by entering the code NCJRGBFQ.

“This book certainly delivers. Griffin does a superb job giving clear and concise steps that students should take when approaching the task of harmonizing a melody. The book is laid out in a clean, easy-to-understand format. This book will be a great resource for any music teacher or student interested in understanding and applying theory/harmony concepts.”

– N Wickham, Music Matters, USA.

Also by Michael Griffin…

Learning Strategies for Musical Success – demonstrates how the quantity and quality of practice is the greatest predictor of musical success, so that aspiring musicians of all ages and abilities can best bring about expert performance. This inspiring, accessible guide will equip students, teachers, and parents with the methods and mindset to improve the likelihood of learning music successfully.

A truly masterful book. Especially impressive is the manner in which he offers a wealth of practicing strategies, all supported by evidence that makes clear why these strategies will be effective. He has done extensive research in many areas and has found ways of organizing and presenting his findings in a clear and cogent manner. As I was reading, I found myself nodding in agreement and underlining copiously throughout. This book is a must read for all teachers and students. Bravo!” – Paul Sheftel – Julliard. 

Available through Amazon, Kindle, JW Pepper, Alfred (UK), or click here and receive a 20% discount by entering the code NCJRGBFQ.


Public speaker, music education trainer, conductor and pianist. Author of 'Learning Strategies for Musical Success', 'Bumblebee: Rounds & Warm-ups for Choirs', and 'Modern Harmony Method'.

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