Master
Saxophone

In the two years of the Master’s degree, you will continue to develop your improvisational and technical skills to ensure that your playing level is solid and sufficient for any musical scenario.
Particular attention will be paid to helping you define a personal sound, style and profile. Depending on your level and previous playing experience, the programme will include improvisation techniques such as chordal and scale-based improvisation, chromatic approach, bebop scales, pentatonics, hexatonics, permutation sequential, motivic playing and more.
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.
The saxophone-team consists of permanent main-subject teachers as well as guest teachers. You will also have the option of taking lessons with external teachers.

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

Master Saxophone

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Main Subject and Components related to the Main Subject

27

22

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Main Subject

27

22

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Band & Performing

6

6

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Band & performing

6

6

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Recording & Producing

2

2

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Introduction to Studio Recording & Music Production

2

2

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Composing & Arranging

2

2

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Find Your Own Music

2

2

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Tools in Creation

4

4

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Current Jazz

2

2

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Impro Lab

2

2

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Artistic Research

5

10

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Master Research

5

10

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Health & Well-being

1

1

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Health & Well-being

1

1

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International Career Center

5

5

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Music & Society

1

1

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Your art as a business

2

2

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Personal Development Plan

2

2

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Teaching & Outreach Programme

2

2

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Outreach Programme

2

2

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Minor Modules Jazz

6

6

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Elective Modules

6

6

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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)
 

  • The candidate presents him/herself in English at the start of the video
  • Then show yourself, playing the saxophone for (at least) 10 minutes
  • Play Two Real Book Jazz Standards in different styles:
    • one ballad
    • one medium/up, Latin or swing
  • The songs should include chord-progressions (no modal tunes)
  • The recording doesn`t need to be studio-quality, an I-phone recording is enough, for example

 

If you have a video of your Bachelor Final Exam, please share that with us as well as an additional video link.

“Live” Audition

Depending on your level, you will be invited for an online meeting with the teachers for an online “live” audition.

For the “live” audition, you should be able to play a representative short set (3 pieces), we highly recommend that you do this with your own band! And be ready to do interactive exercises together with the main subject teachers, as well as individual ones, including sight reading and improvising.

The “live” audition should take approximately 20 – 45 minutes.

 

Master Interview

Finally, after passing the live audition, you will be invited for an interview with the jazz master coordinator to discuss your study and research plans.

The master interview should take approximately 45 – 60 minutes.