What is the course about?
This intermediate course will help extend your sax technique and repertoire of tunes. Improve your musicianship, and build upon the work covered in Saxophone level 2. This is our third year of instrumental study.
What will we cover?
- An understanding of the saxophone in popular and contemporary music
- Structured use of scales, harmony and theory
- Learn jazz standard tunes
- Extend your ability to improvise
- Saxophone ensemble work
- Routines for practice.
- Exercises to develop your musicianship.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Show improvement in your control of tone, volume and intonation
- Play written parts in sax ensemble arrangements
- Improvise over a given chord sequence (with and without music)
- Memorise your study tunes and perform them
- Recognise essential chord sequences and demonstrate an understanding of the theory behind them.
- Perform with your class at the end of each term.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Ideally you have completed level 2 saxophone study. Improvising experience helpful but not mandatory.
You should be able to play the chromatic scale 2 octaves from bottom C to top C, and you should already know the major scales of C, G, F, and A, the minor pentatonic on A, D and G, and their chord notes, played with the following articulations: tongued, slurred, swing time. You should also understand the basics of treble clef notation including time signatures and metre.
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 demonstration, section playing and soloing, learning jazz tunes, and associated musicianship. Weekly practice of technical matters on the instrument.
Practice between classes is essential to your progress. Students will be expected to make space and time for practice.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A music stand and metronome are essential for practice at home. You may need to purchase a saxophone tutor book on the advice of your course tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Saxophone 4 next academic year.
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 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