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Saxophone exams

SaxophoneSaxophone exams consist of three pieces, chosen by the candidate from the appropriate lists in the current syllabus, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. 100 marks are required to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

There are eight grades of assessment. Select a grade using the links below in order to view the syllabus and supporting materials for that grade.


New for 2014

SaxophoneTeachers and students will find a wealth of new choices, drawing on some of the many saxophone albums brought out by publishers in recent years.

In the higher grades, a classic of the 20th-century repertoire makes a welcome return to the syllabus – Milhaud’s delightful Scaramouche suite, whose beautiful slow movement is one of the highlights of Grade 6, as it is in the Clarinet syllabus.

Other exciting French additions are Pierre Max Dubois’ À pas de loup in Grade 6 and a transcription of Saint-Saëns’ Oboe Sonata in Grades 6 and 7. One of the first composers to write extensively for saxophone was the Belgian-born Jean-Baptiste Singelée and we’ve included five of his delightful recital pieces for saxophone in Grades 7 and 8.

Finally, an exciting additional feature of the syllabus is the increase in the number of set pieces for B flat saxophones so that, for the first time, there is the same amount of choice for them as in the E flat lists.

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