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A coaching method where student first creates a clear image of the desired musical outcome by listening to, singing and imitating Play-Along-tracks. Learning goals are first sung and imitated, then played, and finally learned to recognize cognitively as theoretical phenomena. The method emphasizes the student's listening mode instead of cognitive thinking mode.

Music theory is integrated into the study material, and starting studies do not require previous music studies. Only one voice is needed for the exercises in the first part of the book, after which the learning material becomes progressively more difficult.

The learning material focuses on four essential areas of jazz pedagogy, which pedagogues and conductors preparing concerts and programs often have to leave less attention;

  • 1. Jazz style
  • 2. Jazz theory
  • 3. Jazz history
  • 4. Improvisation

The material follows jazz history chronologically, and the texts with listening references are also suitable as teaching material for music history and musicology.

The method is suitable for both group and solo study. Although the Arkadics® training method is primarily intended for Big Bands, the material is also suitable for various Combos, Jazz Ensambles, wind and string orchestras, and vocal ensembles.

The Arkadics® training method was introduced in 1983, and over the decades Markku Renko has improved and updated the material to its current form.

The Arkadics® training method is protected by trademark and copyright. Public group teaching of the method in educational institutions and other organizations requires a valid teaching license.


These books are intended for musicians who;

- are serious about their education and want to develop further in their playing

– want a method where the student is an active doer

– are ready to make mistakes and learn from them

– want to learn to understand the factors that are the basis of improvisation and Big Band playing

– want to use a method that does not require previous improvisation studies

– want to know where the music they play comes from

- want to progress in their studies systematically and consistently, and study improvisation chronologically according to the history of Jazz music

– want to study and understand the requirements set by the work of a professional musician

– want to use a method that has been in use for over 35 years

– want to learn things about improvisation and Big Band playing schools don't teach



Full Score 1 and 2 transposing score 102€ + alv
Alto Saxophone

alto clarinet, tenor horn, alto horn

72€ + alv
Tenor Saxophone   72€ + alv
Baritone Saxophone   72€ + alv
Trumpet   72€ + alv
Trombone   72€ + alv
Piano keyboard 72€ + alv
Guitar   72€ + alv
Bass electric bass, double bass 72€ + alv
Drums percussion 72€ + alv
C Treble Clef flute, oboe, violin, viola, mallet percussion, accordion, harmonica, vocals (scat) 72€ + alv
Bb Treble Clef clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, euphonium, baritone horn 72€ + alv
F Treble Clef french horn, english horn 72€ + alv
C Bass Clef tuba, cello, bassoon, bass melody lines 72€ + alv


The book's listening references are important for learning. Listen and sing the exercises with a beat and simultaneously practice the fingerings, positions and strokes of your instrument.

ARKADICS® book introduction