Saxophone with a Jazz Emphasis

The guidelines listed below are the minimum expectations for a music major taking a one hour (two credit) lesson each week in saxophone with a classical emphasis. Repertoire may be substituted or accelerated as best fits the student’s abilities and interests, but each semester should include at least one work from the suggested repertoire.

1000 Level

Technique
Scales- Pares Scales for Clarinet
Etudes: C. Rose, 40 Etudes
C. Rose, 32 Etudes
C. Rose, 9 Etudes
Klose, Celebrated Method for the Clarinet

Suggested Technical Methods

  • Jazz Conception for Saxophone, Volumes 1, 2, Lennie Niehause
  • Charlie Parker Omnibook, Michael H. Goldson
  • Patterns for Jazz, Jerry Coker
  • Jazz Scale Studies, Rik Pfenninger

Improvisation

  • 10 selections from standard jazz repertoires performed by memory.
  • Aural musicianship ear-to-hand skill in transcribing five solos to be selected from memorized standard jazz repertoire.

Jazz Theory and Jazz Keyboard Skills

  • The Jazz Theory Book, Mark Levine
  • Jazz Keyboard for All Musicians, Jerry Coker
  • Chord through 10 selections from standard jazz repertoire.
  • Slight transposition

2000 Level

Technique
Scales: Stievenard, Practical Study of the Scales for Clarinet
Etudes: Baermann, Baermann Method
A. Uhl, 48 Studies for Clarinet
Klose, Celebrated Method for the Clarinet

Suggested Technical Methods

  • Jazz Conception for Saxophone, Volumes 1, 2, Lennie Niehause
  • Charlie Parker Omnibook, Michael H. Goldson
  • Patterns for Jazz, Jerry Coker
  • Jazz Scale Studies, Rik Pfenninger

Improvisation

  • 10 selections from standard jazz repertoires performed by memory.
  • Aural musicianship ear-to-hand skill in transcribing five solos to be selected from memorized standard jazz repertoire.
  • Perform improvised solo with jazz ensemble or jazz combo in concert setting

Jazz Theory and Jazz Keyboard Skills

  • The Jazz Theory Book, Mark Levine
  • Jazz Keyboard for All Musicians, Jerry Coker
  • Chord through 10 selections from standard jazz repertoire.
  • Slight transposition

3000 Level

Technique
Scales – Baermann, Complete Method for Clarinet, 3rd Div.
Etudes- Cavallini, 30 Caprices
Lebanchi, 4 Studies
Magnani, 7 Etudes – Caprices
Gamboro, 5 Caprices
JeanJean, Vacum de Methode
Klose, Celebrated Method for the Clarinet
D. Bonade3, Orchestra Studies for Clarinet

Suggested Technical Methods

  • Jazz Conception for Saxophone, Volumes 1, 2, Lennie Niehause
  • Advanced Studies
  • Charlie Parker Omnibook, Michael H. Goldson
  • Extended Technique for Saxophone, Michael Leonard
  • Top Tones for Saxophone, Siguard Rascher

Improvisation

  • 10 selections from standard jazz repertoires performed by memory.
  • Aural musicianship ear-to-hand skill in transcribing five solos to be selected from memorized standard jazz repertoire.
  • Perform improvised solo with jazz ensemble or jazz combo in concert setting

Jazz Theory and Jazz Keyboard Skills

  • The Jazz Theory Book, Mark Levine
  • Jazz Keyboard for All Musicians, Jerry Coker
  • Chord through 10 selections from standard jazz repertoire.
  • Slight transposition

4000 Level

Technique
Scales- Baermann, Complete Method for Clarinet, 3rd Div.
Etudes- Baermann, Baermann Method, Div. 5
E. Gates, Odd Meter Etudes
V. Polatschek, Advanced Studies for the Clarinet
JeanJean, 18 Etudes
Klose, Celebrated Method for the Clarinet
D. Bonade, Orchestra Studies for the Clarinet

Suggested Technical Methods

  • Jazz Conception for Saxophone, Volumes 1, 2, Lennie Niehause
  • Advanced Studies
  • Charlie Parker Omnibook, Michael H. Goldson
  • Extended Technique for Saxophone, Michael Leonard
  • Top Tones for Saxophone, Siguard Rascher

Improvisation

  • 10 selections from standard jazz repertoires performed by memory.
  • Aural musicianship ear-to-hand skill in transcribing five solos to be selected from memorized standard jazz repertoire.
  • Perform improvised solo with jazz ensemble or jazz combo in concert setting

Jazz Theory and Jazz Keyboard Skills

  • The Jazz Theory Book, Mark Levine
  • Jazz Keyboard for All Musicians, Jerry Coker
  • Chord through 10 selections from standard jazz repertoire.
  • Slight transposition

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