Main Subject Saxophone Jazz & Pop 0
n/a, this module is not part of the Bachelor's curriculum
Number of course weeks
One 45-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Saxophone main subject preparatory course .
Acquiring the technical basics required for the student's musical development. Students will be able to apply the acquired instrument skills and theory knowledge in their improvisations, demonstrating their musicality, improvisation skills and creativity.
Relation to other modules
The level of instrument proficiency is consistent with the level of the preparatory course band lessons; the ear skills are in line with the preparatory course theory lessons.
Scales and arpeggios in major and melodic minor tonalities.
Practicing intervals in these scales.
Hyacinthe Klosé: Daily Exercises.
Rascher: Top Tones for saxophone.
Playing simple big band parts at sight.
Lennie Niehaus "Jazz conception for saxophone" (basic and intermediate) ;
Bob Mintzer: 15 Easy Jazz, Blues and Funk Etudes.
Practicing the dominant cadence (II-V-I) in all keys.
Improvising with chord tones / diatonic improvisation.
Jamey Aebersold: Play-a-Longs vols 3, 21 and 24.
Jerry Coker: Patterns for Jazz.
Oliver Nelson: Patterns for Improvisation.
Standards with simple chord progressions and different blues themes, including but not limited to: Now's the Time, Sonnymoon for Two; Autumn Leaves, Black Orpheus, Watermelon Man, Work Song.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons & occasional group lessons
Material & Tools
Real Books, Aebersold play-alongs, Software “Band-In-A-Box”, Bob Mintzer: 15 Easy Jazz, Blues and Funk Etudes, Lennie Niehaus: Jazz conceptions for saxophone #2, intermediate; Jerry Coker: Patterns for Jazz; Oliver Nelson, Patterns for improvisation; recordings of the pieces to be played.
Examination and assessment
Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the main subject instructor at the end of each semester.
The student should have mastered the elements described under Aims. Specific criteria are: creativity, expression, improvisation, technique, sound, intonation, timing, reading skills, repertoire knowledge, progress, self-reflection, session participation, attitude and lesson preparation.
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
At the end of both semesters the instructor fills out an assessment form designed specifically for this module. Assessment is comprised of a verbal evaluation and a concluding grade. The instructor reviews this assessment with the student during the first subsequent lesson. Assessment at the end of the autumn semester is formative and expressed in terms of satisfactory/unsatisfactory. It indicates a student's progress in this module. No ECs are awarded and there is no resit. Modules can only be absolved, and ECs awarded, after the end of the spring semester.
This module is intended to prepare students through weekly lessons for the practical part of the entrance exam (the audition) of the main subject Saxophone Jazz & Pop. The student learns to play pieces in various genres, in part chosen by the student himself (jazz, fusion, Latin, possibly including original compositions by the student), and to improvise over the pieces. During this process, attention is paid to technical facility and stylistic awareness with respect to rhythm, harmony and melody. A number of additional subjects will also be addressed, including but not limited to: jazz/pop phrasing and articulation, harmonic coloring, and different approaches to rhythm.