Saxophone 2B

Course Dates: 18/01/20 - 04/04/20
Time: 15:45 - 17:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street

For sax players with over a year of playing experience, who read music. Develop your sound, technique, reading and musicianship. Emphasis on popular, jazz and world music, including improvisation.


What is the course about?

This course follows on from Saxophone level 1 and is our second year of study.You will develop instrumental technique and sound, music reading, musicianship skills, ensemble playing, and improvisation.

What will we cover?

- Appropriate use of scales e.g. blues, minor, mixolydian,etc., in improvisation
- Playing broken chords and chord theory
- Technical aspects of playing the instrument
- Aspects of related musicianship, e.g. counting, listening, reading
- What to practise, and how to practise
- Transposing skills
- Contribution to group performance.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate improved confidence in your ability to play
- have expanded your range of scales
- Play jazz standards
- Demonstrate improved tone and stamina
- Improvise in a variety of musical contexts
- Perform with your class.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is ideal for saxophone students who have had at least a year and a half of serious musical study.
Any other band or instrumental experience will be of advantage. You must be able to play two octaves from bottom C to top C, and you should already know the major scales of C, G, F and D and the minor pentatonic on A and D, and their chord notes
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?

You will be taught through tutor demonstrations, books, and printed and recorded music. You will play with other students, sometimes with piano and/or a backing track, and learn from one another.
Students are expected to make time and space for instrumental practice.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

A music stand and metronome are essential for practice at home.
Please bring manuscript paper and a pencil. You will be required to buy a saxophone book on the advice of the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Sax 2C ME612C

You may also be interested in one of our many Musicianship courses to support your practical learning.

Tutor Biographies
Sarha Moore

Sarha is an experienced teacher and gigging musician, performing on the saxophone, arranging and composing on the piano, in classical, jazz and world music genres. Her principal band, Bollywood Brass Band, is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, performing tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood films. Twice nominated for Songlines World Music Awards, the band has performed across the world in concerts, festivals, and Indian weddings in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and South Africa. Sarha played with Ghanaian Highlife band Orchestre Jazira, and socialist big band, The Happy End. She also plays in the Charlie Mingus jazz cover band Hog Callin’, The Great Yiddish Parade marching band and Freylekh klezmer band. Sarha’s specialist area is World Music, and she has a PhD on the study of the Flattened Supertonic across different cultures. At CityLit she teaches jazz and classical piano, saxophone, world music styles (practical and academic courses), musicianship and music theory.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: ME612B

Sat, day, 18 Jan - 04 Apr '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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