Ensemble Skills Workshop for saxophone Players

Workshop for Saxophone Players
Ages 18+
Saturday 9th November 2019 10:00am to 1:00pm

Windmill Community Campus, Kirkcaldy, KY1 3AL

This small-group workshop (max. 10 participants) is all about the skills needed to play in a group. It is aimed at people who have less experience or confidence when it comes to ensemble playing.

The session will feature quite basic notation reading in order to allow for maximum discussion and development of the features of ensemble playing. Areas covered will include:

  • Tuning
  • Balancing volume
  • Beat and rhythm
  • Counting rests
  • Articulation and phrasing

The session will be led by experienced performer and teacher Ellie Steemson, featuring fun repertoire in a relaxed and friendly setting.

The adults I teach often tell me they would like to play their saxophones in a group setting, but feel anxious about going along to an established group. Much of the knowledge needed to thrive in a group musical environment is quite basic, but when a group has many experienced members already these basics are not always explained. Therefore new players joining the group can end up feeling left behind and confused, and are often put off by this experience.
I aim to demystify these basic skills in order to make playing in a group something more aspiring adult musicians can enjoy. In order to do this, we will explore the skills required by breaking down them into small areas and focusing on each one separately. There will also be plenty of time to focus on individual questions and concerns due to the small group size.

Ellie Steemson

Fee of £30 is payable in advance via bank transfer to secure your place. Please bring a music stand.

Come and Play Flute and Saxophone

Free workshop for saxophone and flute players: Ages 8+

Saturday 16th November, Younger Hall, St Andrews 10am-1.30pm

St Andrews University Music Centre in association with Fife Community Sax Group present ‘Come and Play Flute and Saxophone’ – a free workshop for saxophone and flute players aged 8 upwards.

If you play the flute or the saxophone and wish to come and play with some of Scotland’s best teachers and performers then this is the day for you. The workshops are for any flute and saxophone players of any ability aged 8 and above. The sharing session will feature all workshop participants. Parents, caregivers and public are very welcome!

Workshop leaders:
Ellie Steemson and Mike Brogan (saxophone)
Aisling Agnew and Jerry Randalls (flute)