Bachelor
Saxophone

Over the course of this 4-year Bachelor’s programme, we will systematically guide you in acquiring basic and specific improvisation techniques such as chordal and scale-based improvisation, chromatic approach, bebop scales, pentatonics, hexatonics, permutation sequential, motivic playing and more.
You will be trained in applying the various improvisation techniques to different situations, e.g. playing standards, pop and world music, explore the history of the saxophone and its leading players, and learn how to transcribe and analyse solos.
The programme will also help you to develop a solid, efficient and healthy playing technique, focusing on posture, air, embouchure, fingers, as well as finding a proper saxophone/mouthpiece/reed set-up.
Depending on your level and musical vision, the learning process will be individualised to help you develop a personal sound, style and profile.
The Saxophone team consists of permanent main subject teachers and guest teachers, as well as doubling teachers for flute and clarinet.

Meet our team

Meet your lecturers

Greg Torunski

Band Coaching / Jazz Saxophone, Junior Jazz / Applied theory combo

Greg Torunski, has been already noticed with the huge success on the dutch/ge

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Reiner Witzel

Jazz Saxophone / Big Band Sax section

Reiner Witzel , born 1967, studied saxophone at the "Musikhochschule Köln" an

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Seamus Blake (Guest Teacher)

Jazz Saxophone - Guest Teacher

New York based saxophonist/composer Seamus Blake is recognized as one of the

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Curriculum

Curriculum

Major Saxophone

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Main Subject and Components related to the Main Subject

25

17

38

42

Main Subject Saxophone

22

11

29

39

Saxophone Ensemble

3

3

3

Section Big Band

3

3

Flute (doubling-lessons)

3

3

Band Performing

10

10

10

10

Band

10

10

10

10

Composing & Arranging

6

Arranging Jazz

6

Recording & Producing

2

2

1

Studio Recording

1

Capturing and Shaping Sound

2

2

Tools in Creation

18

18

Aural Skills Jazz

6

6

Applied Theory Combo

1

1

Choir Jazz (general)

1

Theoretical Analysis Jazz

6

6

Rhythmic Solfège Jazz

1

Percussion & Pulse

2

Applied Piano Jazz

3

3

Research & Development Skills

2

2

Critical Listening

2

2

Health & Well-being

1

1

Health & Well-being

1

1

International Career Center

2

2

2

2

Your Art as a Business

2

2

2

2

Teaching & Outreach Programme

2

Basic Teaching Skills Lectures

1

Basic Teaching Skills Instrument Specific Methodology

1

Minor

9

6

Elective Modules

9

6

Before you apply

Admission
requirements

Video Requirements

Share your un-edited video recording links in the portfolio. Videos should be uploaded to your YouTube channel ( if you don’t have one, make one). Set your videos to ‘unlisted’ so only you and we can see them. IMPORTANT: DO NOT send the actual video(s): ONLY LINKS to the video(s)
 

  • Videos should have good audio quality, where we can hear your playing very well. You can make separate short videos or one longer one.
  • The candidate presents him/herself in English at the start of the video
  • The video is maximum 10 minutes long

Recital pieces

  • 3 standards from the real-book repertoire recorded with a play-along or a band.
  • These standards should include a medium/up swing-tune, a latin-tune and a ballad and should be played by heart.
  • The technical quality of the video is not the most important, recording it with a smartphone is sufficient.

 

In case that your material is selected you will get an invitation for an online theory test and if necessary, an online meeting with the main subject teachers.