What is the course about?
Continue to develop your saxophone playing and musicianship as a progression from level 3. This is our fourth year of instrumental study. You will also rehearse ensemble arrangements, and have plenty of opportunity to develop your improvisation.
What will we cover?
- Structured use of all 12 major and minor keys
- focus on jazz styles
- Students will be encouraged to write their own exercises and share practice habits
- Regular opportunity to improvise
- Expand your repertoire of tunes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Lead / direct a saxophone ensemble and tune it up
- Demonstrate improved tone and musicianship skills
- Design a personal practice plan for future development
- Enjoy more performance experience
- Improvise with greater ease and confidence
- perform with confidence
- show a working understanding of the jazz idiom
- transcribe simple saxophone solos.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideal if you have successfully completed level 3 or can show an equivalent level of competence.
You should be able to play all major and relative minor scales and arpeggios, keep time well, and read music in all common time signatures. Some experience of playing across the II V I sequence is desirable.
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 weekly practice of technical matters, memorising tunes, section playing and soloing.
Reference recordings will be in use, and play-along tracks. Technical practice week to week and learning of tunes is essential.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students will be expected to make space for regular practice. A music stand, metronome and access to a piano or keyboard are essential to your personal practice.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to consolidate your learning by taking further modules of Saxophone 4..
You may also be ready to progress to ensemble classes such as City Lit Big Band 1 or a specialist class such as Jazz harmony and ear training, Play popular music of the non-Western world or Township tunes.
You may also be interested in one of our many Musicianship courses to support your practical learning, or in Music appreciation (Jazz & Popular Music) courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details