Saxophone 2B

Course Dates: 20/01/24 - 16/03/24
Time: 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Keeley Street
For sax players with over a year of playing experience who read music, this course follows last term's Sax 2a. Develop your sound, technique, reading and musicianship. Repertoire is popular music and jazz, including practice at improvisation and ensemble playing.
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Saxophone 2B
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  • Course Code: ME612B
  • Dates: 20/01/24 - 16/03/24
  • Time: 12:15 - 13:45
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Sarha Moore

Course Code: ME612B

Full Sat, day, 20 Jan - 16 Mar '24

Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course follows on from Saxophone 2a and is our second year of study.You will develop instrumental technique, music reading, musicianship skills, scales and tunes, 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
- Transposition skills.

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 on simple musical structures.

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

This course is for saxophone students who have had 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 tones.
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, and use of printed and recorded music. You will play with other students, sometimes with piano accompaniment or a backing track, and learn from one another.
Students are expected to make time and space for regular 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 have manuscript paper and a pencil. You may be required to buy a saxophone book on the advice of the tutor. All other materials and resources will be available in the google classroom.

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

Sax 2C, ME612C next term.

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.