Students must be challenged if they are to become good musicians. The information studied should be relevant and applicable in real life. As an instructor, I teach by example and also use theoretical constructs to facilitate learning. As the development of young jazz performers continues to move out of the nightclubs and into the college arena, it is important to keep the mentoring tradition alive. It is important for students to hear, understand, and be able to play in the jazz tradition that has preceded them. It is equally important for the student to understand that it is their trust to continue the evolution of jazz music and to be encouraged to make their contribution to the idiom.