Wynton Marsalis communicates the fundamentals of jazz using illustrations from everyday life (playing basketball, etc.) in a compelling, visually interesting way. His use of famous contemporary musicians (including gifted children) makes the lessons more inspiring, as do the artistic backdrops and illustrations. Simple enough for beginners, but complex enough to keep intermediate students interested, these lessons appeal to both children and adults. Each of the four DVD's ("Why Toes Tap" [rhythm], "Listening for Clues" [form], "Sousa to Satchmo" [the jazz band], and "Tackling the Monster" [on practice]) may be purchased separately, though, so consider that when purchasing.