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I forgot to add this to my post last night:
Another good resource for starting off is “The Real Easy Book. Tunes for Beginning Improvisers”. The is published by Sher Music CO. It contains about 40 standards of different lengths and styles, but all are geared towards the novice improviser. The great thing about this book is that along with each lead chart, it also includes a Supplemental Material page that has piano voicings (basic 3 note and rootless), useful scales, sample bass line and guitar voicings. All of the info that kids need is already right there for them. Very useful and easy to teach from.