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Course Number:
MUP 184A
Course Title:
Applied Music/Saxophone
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Course Description

Provides individual private saxophone instruction. Develops applied performance skills at the music major/minor level. Covers repertory and technique methods drawn from classical and/or jazz traditions. Includes training in performance practice and stylistic interpretation through focus on tone production, technique, articulation, sight-reading and other aspects of musicianship as applied to saxophone performance.

Addendum to Course Description

All applied music students are required to attend weekly lessons, attend weekly performance classes, participate in public performance, and complete a music jury. A substantial amount of out-of-lesson practice time is required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Use an understanding of elementary musicianship and performance etiquette to perform basic solo saxophone repertory.
  • Use an understanding of elementary music literacy to prepare and rehearse basic solo saxophone repertory for performance.
  • Use an elementary understanding of stylistic distinctions in basic solo saxophone repertory to accurately interpret music in performance.
  • Use an elementary understanding of the saxophone to continue to improve as a performer.

Aspirational Goals

Public performance of assigned repertoire demonstrating solid technique, musicianship and proper performance practice. (minimum of two area recitals in addition to final performance.)

Sightread excerpts of basic level repertory.

Participation in final recital and jury.

Successful completion of material assigned by private instructor.

Course Activities and Design

The material for the course will be presented in a one-on-one hands-on format.

Students will be required to perform in a final student recital and must pass
a performance jury at the end of every term before moving on to the next term of study.

Students are expected to participate in chamber ensembles and are required to perform a minimum of two times per term in the weekly music performance area recitals.

Students will demonstrate good tone production, solid technique, rhythmic precision, proper performance practice, good musicianship and perform scales and arpeggios at required tempi.

Students will learn and perform from memory representative works from contrasting styles and eras.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Public music performance of material covered in lessons.

Completion of music jury at the end of the term - featuring qualitative and quantitative demonstration.

Attendance and participation in applied performance sessions.

Participation and preparation of material assigned during lessons.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. First Year Required Materials:

    • Fundamentals: Posture, Breathing, Hand position, Embouchure, Intonation, Vibrato

    • Tone Production: Long tones in intervals (5th & 4th)

    • Technique: Major, minor scales and arpeggios, Larry Teal – Workbook

      for Saxophonists

    • Articulation: Teal – Articulation Studies

    • Phrasing/Musicianship: Voxman – Selected Studies; Niehaus – Jazz

      Conception for Saxophone Vol. I and II

    • Suggested Repertoire: Bozza, Aria; Walters, Andante and Allegro

    • Demonstrate good legitimate saxophone sound

    • Major scales and arpeggios throughout the practical range of the saxophone

      from memory

    • Ability to perform one of the suggested repertoire pieces

    • Sight Reading College Entrance Level Material