Saxophone Curriculum

Kristin Bayer, instructor
2011

 

 

Level I

Musical and Technical Skills

Posture and hand position, and saxophone placement
Correct embouchure
Use of air and breath control
Tonguing basics
Music notation basics
Theory basics- Sharps, flats, time signature, key signature, etc.
Scales – Any 3 major scales, one octave, memorized

 

Method Books

Essential Elements, Level I
Rubank Elementary Method

 

Repertoire Examples

Bozza, -La Campinile
Dubois – Olga-Valse

 

 

Level II

Musical and Technical Skills

Embouchure strengthening
Air and breathing progress
Tonguing- Patterns, speed
Theory instruction as needed
Scales – Any 3 major scales, one octave, memorized
Tone/sound- Awareness of the importance of it
Reed knowledge- Brands, thickness, preservation

 

Method Books

Essential Elements, Book II
Rubank Elementary Method – Possibly Intermediate Method

 

Repertoire Examples

Bach/Rascher -Minuet
Londeix -Tableaux Aquitains

 

 

Level III

Musical and Technical Skills

Posture- Begin placing saxophone in between the legs if not doing so already
Tonguing- Accuracy, light/soft tonguing ability
Scales – Any 7 major scales, one octave, memorized
Tone/sound- Strive for a “thick,” quality sound using throat, air, and embouchure
Alternate fingers and palm keys
Vibrato introduced

 

Method Books

Rubank Intermediate Method
Rubank Selected Studies

 

Repertoire Examples

Bach/Rousseau – Arioso
Bozza – Aria
Handel, Merriman – Baroque Suite
Ibert – Aria
Teal – Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player

 

 

Level IV

Musical and Technical Skills

Tonguing- Continued work
Scales- Any 7 major scales, one octave, memorized
-     2 octave chromatic scale, memorized
Tone- Heavy focus on sound production and quality
Vibrato- Use in music, variation, musical placement of
Breath support- Volume control and flexibility
Sight-reading skills and practice
Musical interpretation emphasis
Goals- Solo fest participation, all-county/all-state auditions, etc.

 

Method Books

Ferling – 48 Studies- begin
Rubank – Advanced Method
Rubank – Selected Studies

 

Repertoire Examples

Bonneau – Suite
Handel – Adagio and Allegro
Telemann/Londeix – Sonata

 

 

Level V: DIPLOMA LEVEL

Musical and Technical Skills

Scales- All 12 major scales, one octave, memorized
Vibrato- Independent decision making of placement, speed, and intensity
Musical interpretation skills solidifying
Sight-reading
Ensemble playing- (Strongly suggest playing in an ECMS saxophone quartet)
Introduction of contemporary music literature and techniques
Introduction of overtone series

 

Method Books

Ferling – 48 Studies
Klose
Marcel Mule – 18 Exercises

 

Repertoire Examples

Bozza – Improvisation et Caprice
Dubois – Concerto
Maurice – Tableaux de Provence
Rascher – Rascher Collection

 

 

Level VI

Musical and Technical Skills

Scales- All 12 major scales, one octave, memorized
Musical interpretation and vibrato well executed on own initiative
Sight-reading with accuracy and confidence
Contemporary music familiarity and confidence in interpreting it musically
Overtone series progression
Altissimo register introduced
College audition preparation (when applicable)

 

Method Books

Klose
Londeix – 8 etude techniques
Marcel Mule — multiple etude books
Prati – Approach to Contemporary Music
Senon – 32 Etudes-Melodic and Technical Studies (contemporary)

 

Repertoire Examples

Bonneau – Caprice en Forme de Valse
Creston – Sonata
Desenclos – Prelude, Cadence et Finale
Ibert – Concertino de Camera

 

 

Last updated: October 6, 2011

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