Integral Arts Academy Overview

  • A Message from Stanley Jordan about Integral Arts Academy:
    • This is a Moodle site located at
    • Moodle is a platform for building an online school with courses.
    • To learn more about Moodle click here (
    • I started this site because I've been doing a lot of teaching lately and I started making materials to give to my students. I noticed I was covering a lot of the same ground, as many students had similar questions and goals so I decided to put the materials online. This way, instead of spending time printing for each lesson I could just direct the students to my Web site.

      Due to the structure of Moodle most of the content is organized as courses in various course categories. There are numerous quizzes but no courses are currently graded. That option may be added later. Also most of the courses are organized by topic rather than by time. This way you can browse the information at your leasure in any order whenever you want. So you can think of Moodle as a convenient structure for organizing the information.

      But Moodle does much more than just organize information. It also allows for blogs, forums, messaging, chat rooms, etc., so you can think of this as the first step toward an online learning community.

      I've spent a lifetime experiencing the joy of learning, and sometimes working out my own approaches to things when I felt it was necessary or helpul, and I'm now passionately committed to passing this information on to others. To that end, this site has been a very rewarding project. I'll be adding much more in the weeks and months to come...

      --Stanley Jordan 2020-6-20

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    • Following are some highlights of what's currently up on the site.

    • If you don't yet have an account at Integral Arts Academy you'll be able to view any courses that have T1 in their titles. If you upgrade to a free "Observer" account you can view T2 courses. A $4/Month "Active" subscription will get you to T3, and a $20/month "Interactive" subscription will get you to T4.  Also, once inside a course, you may see sections with a higher tier. You can unlock those sections by upgrading.

    • TP is for "premium content," which is paid separately from your monthly subscription. These courses may be based on live video lessons, or they may have very specialized on-demand content.

    • Integral Arts / Stanley Jordan School of Music: Course Categories

      • Category: About This Site

        • This section is for general information about how to use the Web site.
      • Category: The Art of Learning

        • Course: (T1) Keys to Optimal Learning for Musicians
          • This is useful for all musicians regardless of instrument, style, or level of skill. I've been teaching it in person as a small group seminar for nearly 20 years, and with this Moodle course I'm finally starting to publish it online. So far it's just an outline of the topics covered, but it will be expanded soon.
      • Category: Guitar

        • Course: (T1) Introduction to the Touch Technique
          • Links to an article I submitted many years ago to Guitar Player Magazine. Although it's an old article I still stand by this information today.
        • Course: (T3) Touch Technique Warmup
          • This shows the outline of the touch technique warmup routine I have used for many years.
        • Course: (T1) Resources for 4ths Tuning
          • This course includes the "Master Chord Library for 4ths Guitar Tuning"
            • This library has over 570,000 pages of guitar chord diagrams.
            • The total number of diagrams in the library is nearly 25 million, making it perhaps the largest compendium of its kind in the world.
            • So far all the charts are for 4ths tuning--standard tuning to come soon.
      • Category: Common Practice Music Theory

      • Category: The Jordan Chromatic System

        • Course: (T1) Introduction to the Jordan Chromatic System
          • The Jordan Chromatic System is a numerical harmonic notation that I have been developing since the 70s. Among other things, it allows one to construct a complete list of all possible chords and scales. This essential guide is a must-read for anyone wanting to get started with the Jordan Chromatic System. This course is still under construction, but it already covers most of the basic terms and concepts and it will soon include numerous examples.
        • Course: (T3) Jordan Chromatic System Harmonic Libraries
          • This is the mother lode! It's a huge and growing repository of information for those who would like to use the Jordan Chromatic System as a springboard to developing an extended harmonic vocabulary. My Chromatic System also provides a sort of rosetta stone for organizing a large amount of harmonic materials from various World traditions, including jazz, modern classical and atonal as well as Indian Classical and many folk music traditions.
          • Section: Level 4 Chord Types
            • The Level 4 Chord Type List has 1322 entries in all! You can transpose these to all keys, resulting in a huge amount of chord and scale material. Within the 12-tone equal tempered system every possible combination of tones is represented here, often from the vantage point of multiple modes. Whether you're trying to analyze that transcendant voicing Herbie Hancock played behind a Wayne Shorter solo or you're searching for the perfect bridge chord in your country song to bring your bar patrons to tears over their beers, it's all here.
            • Master Index to Level 4 Chord Types
              • Links to the main pages for all 1322 chord types. On the main pages you can look up general statistics, such as type of symmetry if any, and relations to other chord types, including subsets, complements, inversions, etc. Everything is cross-linked so you can jump from chord type to chord type following chains of relationships.
            • Chord Types Wiki
              • This wiki has a page for each chord type. Here users of the site will be able to post their own comments including Web links to instances where the particular chord or scale was used.
            • Sostenuto Chords - 3,4
              • This page links to sostenuto audio tracks that play each 3- or 4-note chord in all 12 keys. This is useful for hearing how they sound and for practicing purposes, and it will eventually be extended to all 1322 chord types.
        • Course: (T2) Jazz Applications of the Augmented Scale
          • This is an advanced use of my Chromatic System. It links to a sattelite site that was submitted for an upcoming publication honoring the life and contributions of composer/theorist Milton Babbitt, who was my teacher when I was an undergraduate at Princeton. It explores jazz applications of what Babbitt called the "Type E all-combinatorial hexachord", or referred to by some as the "augmented scale." I document some instances where it has been used in jazz so far, including in my own work, and I propose a framework for exploring it in more depth going forward. My presentation depends heavily on the use of my Chromatic System, which was developed in large part under the inspiration of Babbitt.
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