What is the course about?
You will continue to develop the basics of saxophone playing, music reading and improvisation.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Developing playing techniques: embouchure, breath control and tonguing
- Learning to play a selection of notes on the saxophone
- Studying relevant music theory and reading music for saxophone
- learning to listen and count time as you play
- Developing practice methods: long notes, scales, studies
- A range of repertoire in popular styles
- Simple improvisation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate the ability to play and read a range of pieces for the saxophone
- Hold a part within a group
- Demonstrate an increase in confidence and ability to improvise short phrases
- Understand musical terms and concepts.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need at least 3 months experience on the saxophone (alto or tenor) and some ability to read music.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
During this course you will play in unison and simple part work. You will be taught through demonstration by the tutor.
To make progress you will need to practise regularly between classes, at least 20 minutes on at least 4 days a week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring your own instrument - alto or tenor saxophone (or possibly soprano) - and reeds (strength 2).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
ME611C next term.
You may be interested in one of our many Musicianship courses to support your practical learning.