Outside Shore Music

Welcome to Outside Shore Music!  Founded by musician and educator Marc Sabatella, our aim is to bring you the best music and education resources in the world.   Here you will find the classic work A Jazz Improvisation Primer and other resources.  We hope you enjoy your visit!

Music Education

Outside Shore Music – featuring Marc Sabatella’s flagship work A Jazz Improvisation Primer – has been one of the most well-known music education sites since the birth of the World Wide Web back in the 1990’s.  Through his online Primer, his books, and his teaching in universities, workshops, and private studio, Marc is proud to have contributed to the success of countless musicians over the years.

We are now working on some very exciting new projects and are looking forward to sharing these with you!


MuseScore is the world’s most popular music notation program.  It is free and open source, and it runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux.  MuseScore also provides mobile apps for viewing and playing sheet music on your phone or tablet, and it powers the world’s largest sheet music creator community at musescore.com.

Marc Sabatella is proud to be a part of the MuseScore team as one of the developers of this amazing software and the author of the definitive guide Mastering MuseScore!

Marc Sabatella Music

Marc SabatellaMarc Sabatella is a Denver-based jazz pianist, composer, and educator.   Marc is known for his groundbreaking performances with string quartet and other creative ensembles.  In addition to his long run as the house pianist and bandleader at the historic jazz club El Chapultepec, Marc has headlined at virtually all other Denver area jazz clubs over the years, including Dazzle, Vartan Jazz, Trios, and Sambuca.  Marc has worked with the area’s top players as well as jazz greats Denis DiBlasio, John Fedchock, Bobby Shew, Charles MacPherson, Delfeayo Marsalis, Allan Harris, Greg Abate, Red Holloway, Pete Christlieb, Marcus Printup, Wessell Anderson, Javon Jackson, Mel Martin, Chico Freeman, Sunny Wilkinson, and others.

Marc has released several recordings as a leader in addition to appearing as a sideman on several CDs by Fred Hess, Keith Oxman, and Hugh Ragin.  His most recent recording is Determination, a quartet session featuring saxophonist Keith Oxman.

Marc is recognized worldwide as the author of the classic free reference A Jazz Improvisation Primer and for his contributions to the open source music notation software MuseScore.  Marc was also a transcriber and editor for the acclaimed Real Book series of fakebooks from Hal Leonard.

Marc holds a Masters degree in Composition from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where he taught jazz theory for over ten years.  Marc also teaches at Regis University and for the Colorado Jazz Workshop.