Saxophone Quartet (Miguel Boelens)
Number of course weeks
One 65-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Completion of the propaedeutic phase saxophone.
Acquiring and developing saxophone quartet playing skills.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
The repertoire will be picked from famous sax quartets like the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, the World Saxophone Quartet and Your Neighbourhood Saxophone Quartet. But also arrangements of classical music will be played to improve intonation and precision.
Participants will also be challenged to arrange for the quartet.
Mode(s) of instruction
Quartet rehearsals and performances.
Material & Tools
Handed out by the instructor (where applicable).
Generating internal publicity for the quartet's concerts, and selecting repertoire.
Examination and assessment
Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the band instructor at the end of each semester.
Creativity, improvisation, sheet music, sense of harmony, rhythmic idioms, timing and tempo control, musical interaction, intonation, reading skills, sound, interpretation, style awareness, form principles, tonal balance, preparation, accompaniment and attitude.
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
Written assessment by the instructor at the end of both semesters. 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. The end-of-semester assessments comprise evaluations of students' performance during the rehearsals and public performances.
This module allows students to extensively study saxophone quartet music. All relevant elements of this music are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing.