Time: 15:45 - 17:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME611A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will be introduced to the fundamentals of saxophone playing, note-reading and improvisation, and develop these skills as the course progresses.
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
- Demonstrate an increase in confidence and ability to improvise short phrases
- Understand fundamental musical concepts and ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideal for beginners, so no previous knowledge of saxophone playing is expected. Any musical experience will be of advantage.
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?
On this course you will play in unison and simple part work. You will be taught through demonstration and explanation by the tutor.
To make progress you will need to practise regularly between classes, ideally 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 your own instrument - alto or tenor saxophone - and reeds (strength 2). It is not recommended to learn on soprano or baritone sax.
You may need to purchase a sax tutor book. Learning resources and backing tracks are available in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course continues to Sax 1B and 1C.
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.