School Of Excellence
AGES: 8-20 and Adults
LESSON LENGTH: 30 and 60 Minutes
MEETS: WEEKLY, SCHEDULED INDIVIDUALLY
Learning how to play the saxophone is a wonderful journey, and you’re at a crucial stage: finding a great sax teacher. We feel the sax teachers at Music First have the education, experience, creativity and dedication to teach you Classical, Blues, Rock, Jazz and any sax style in between- at any level. We are confident we can guide you through your learning experience.
Our saxophone teachers will help you to manage and schedule your learning materials and effectively explain its importance and meaning. They will also help you to better organize your practice material and show you how to effectively manage your practice time. Music First Learning Center prides itself and its teachers on helping to build a positive confidence level.
Now you have made the decision to advance your saxophone skills, whether you’re picking the sax up for the first time or building on what you already know. Congratulations! You are ready to dive in and get started with your lessons.
Music First has developed its own core lesson curriculum code: titled ADEPT. This stands for:
APPLICATION: Teacher application and communication of material.
DETAILS: Attention to the small details in your lessons
EDUCATORS: Learning starts with great educators.
PATIENCE: To be an effective teacher they need to have patience.
TECHNIQUE: Teaching proper technique is paramount.
ADEPT is a train of thought our teachers apply to their lessons. It’s a guide to help our teachers help our students obtain their goals.
One of the first things you learn is the saxophone anatomy. Define and locate all the working parts on the sax. Learning proper sitting/standing posture and hand placement is important.
Learn easy beginner songs
How to properly hold the saxophone
Basic music theory
Basic music reading
Proper hand posture
Learn proper breathing and blowing
If you have discovered that you are an intermediate saxophonist, this is an exciting period in your sax development. This period is where you will start to discover your own playing potential. Listed below are some of the basics in our Core Curriculum.
Tones exercises (Embouchure and vibrato)
Learning your favorite songs
Scale warm-ups (Position and breathing)
Reading Charts and Scores
Music Theory (Learning Key signatures, Chord theory and basic scale theory)
Arpeggios ( Proper fingering and blowing)
Ear Training (Learning tone, clarity and interval recognition)
Hand Memory (Memorizing process)
Position etudes and exercises
Reed and mouthpiece care
Advanced students will start with our CIRCULAR saxophone development curriculum. This stands for:
CREATIVITY: Student demonstrates their creative interpretation of a piece of music.
IMPROVISATION/IMAGINATION: The student practices and demonstrates the ability to improvise over any style of music.
RHYTHMIC/READING: Student understands meter. 4/4, 6/8, 7/8, Etc. The ability to read and interpret music.
COMMUNICATION: How the student communicates their musical ideas to an audience.
UNCHARACTERISTIC: Implement and develop their unique musical style.
LYRICAL: Expressing the writer’s emotions in an imaginative and beautiful way.
ADAPTATION: Student has the ability to adapt to any musical environment.
RESOLUTE: Stay determined, set goals and never stop playing.
CIRCULAR saxophone development curriculum is a performance plan developed by Music First for the intermediate/advanced saxophonist.
Here are just a few of the specific concepts your teacher will help you with in relationship with our CIRCULAR saxophone program.
Advanced sight reading
Scales and Modes
Learning your favorite songs
Outlining (Polishing a piece)
Speed Practice (Proper breathing)
Tone training (Proper intonation)
Breathing and articulations ( Legato, Staccato, Ect…)
Improvisation (How to interpret scales/modes/arpeggios into solos)
Advanced (Trills and tremolos)
Ear Training (Interval recognition, Chord harmony)
Advanced theory (How chords, scales, modes and arpeggios relate)
Arpeggios (Proper blowing and finger independence)
Articulation practice techniques
Advanced metronome work
We like to think that Music First is not only a business, but a community that’s here to help support music and arts in our schools and homeschools through private lessons and online music education.
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