Invented in 1841 by Adolph Sax, the saxophone can be found in jazz ensembles, bands and popular music. This instrument has a single reed which vibrates to produces the sound. There are four types of saxophones ranging from low to high including the baritone saxophone, the tenor saxophone, the alto saxophone and the soprano saxophone.
Beginning students will learn how to use proper breath support and a correct embouchure (formation of the mouth) to produce a good tone quality or sound. Beginning students will also establish a connection between written music, fingerings and pitches (musical sounds). More advanced students will gain knowledge of classical technique and repertoire (collections of well-known music) as well as jazz improvisation (creating jazz melodies).