Saxophone 1: module 1

Course Dates: 22/09/18 - 08/12/18
Time: 15:45 - 17:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Sarha Moore

Ideal if you are a beginner or have recently begun to study the saxophone. Any other musical experience will be an advantage and you will need to bring your own instrument. You will learn to play and read music. Repertoire will include popular sounds, jazz and world music. Continues to module 2 next term.


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.
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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
- Hold a part within a group
- Demonstrate an increase in confidence and ability to improvise short phrases
- Understand basic musical 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, though.
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?

During this course you will play in unison and simple part work. You will be taught through demonstration 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 to bring your own instrument - alto or tenor saxophone - and reeds (strength 2). It is possible to learnon soprano sax but please note that this size is more difficult to learn on as a beginner.
You will need to purchase a sax book :
Alto Sax book 1

Tenor Sax book 1

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

This course leads to Saxophone 1: module 2 next term.
You may also be interested in one of our many Musicianship courses to support your practical learning.

General information and advice on courses at Build 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


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Course Code: ME611A

Sat, day, 22 Sep - 08 Dec '18

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00
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