What is the course about?
Continue to develop your saxophone playing and musicianship as a progression from level 3 or a repeat of level 4.. This is our fourth year of instrumental study.
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?
- Structured use of all 12 major and minor keys
- focus on jazz styles and skills
- Students will be encouraged to write their own exercises and share good practice
- Regular opportunity to improvise
- Expand your repertoire of tunes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate improved tone and musicianship skills
- Design a personal practice plan for future development
- Improvise with greater ease and confidence
- perform with confidence
- show a working understanding of the jazz idiom.
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 in online classes through weekly practice of technical matters, memorising tunes, and playing solo.
Reference recordings will be in use, and play-along tracks. Technical practice week to week and learning of tunes is essential.
This course has a Google classroom site for students to join in order to access online materials. For further details please follow our Google classroom instructions [external website].
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?
This course continues to Sax 4B and 4C.