Academy Saxophone Major

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student saxophonists a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Saxophone students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

The saxophone major requirements include:

Private Lesson and Studio

Saxophonists will follow a course of study designed to meet the specific needs and abilities of each individual. Areas of study include tone production, embouchure, air support and blowing, articulation, intonation, technique, expressive musicianship and interpretation, rhythm reading, sight reading, scales and arpeggios, etudes, solo literature, chamber music, jazz studies and experience on all members of the saxophone family.

Text/materials needed:

Kynaston, Daily Studies
Klose, 25 Daily Exercises
Ferling, 48 Famous Studies
Maurice, Tableaux de Provence
Creston, Sonata
Glazounov, Concerto
Ibert, Concertino da Camera
Milhaud, Scaramouche
Charlie Parker Omnibook
Aebersold Volume # 54,44,70

Having a quality instrument in good repair and a quality mouthpiece on one or more of the saxophones is desirable.  A limited number of school instruments are also available at no charge to students.  If you own more than one member of the saxophone family, please bring all instruments if possible. Also bring classical and jazz mouthpieces.

Jazz Studies

For those students interested, jazz studies may be incorporated into lessons in addition to study of the fundamental aspects of saxophone playing and musicianship. Materials to be selected from the following:

Method Books and Etude Books – some examples
Kynaston, Daily Studies for the Saxophone
Hite, Foundation Studies
Klose, 25 Daily Exercises
Small, 27 Melodious and Rhythmical Etudes
Mule, 18 Studies after Berbiguier
Ferling, 48 Famous Etudes
Rousseau, High Tones for Saxophone

Solo Literature – some examples
Creston, Sonata
Glazounov, Concerto
Heiden, Sonata
Ibert, Concertino da Camera
Maurice, Tableaux de Provence
Milhaud, Scaramouche
Bozza, Improvisation and Caprice
Jolivet, Fantaisie – Impromptu
Villa Lobos, Fantasia

Jazz Material – some examples
Mintzer, Jazz Etudes
Parker, Omnibook
Snidero, Jazz Conceptions
Aebersold Play Along Vols. 70 and 44


Bill Sears

Director of Jazz Studies, Instructor of Saxophone, Interlochen Center for the Arts

M.M., Saxophone/Jazz Studies, Indiana University; B.M., Saxophone, Indiana University

Dr. Matthew Schlomer

Band Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Classical Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Camp; Conductor, Interlochen Symphony Orchestra; Guest Director, World Youth Wind Symphony

D.M.A., Instrumental Conducting, University of Wisconsin; M.M., Instrumental Conducting, University of Wisconsin; B.M., Music Education, University of Colorado