For six years, I received the most significant part of my formal musical education at the Liszt Academy.

Sir Georg Solti

Jazz Saxophone admission requirements for non-degree studies


Major and harmonic minor scales in various tempi and playing techniques (staccato, legato) in the following major keys and the parallel minor keys: C, G, D, A, E, B, F sharp, F, B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat.
Performance of one piece for clarinet or flute from sheet music or memory, not deviating from the original style.


Solo performance of 3 popular jazz standards in 3 different (slow, medium, fast) tempi and of different styles (ballade, Latin, swing, duple metre and odd-numbered metre). The structure is to be theme - improvisation - theme. A piano accompanist is provided by the examination committee, however, the applicant is asked to bring the sheet music of the piano accompaniment.
Performance of a part (1 or 2 periods) of a noted down improvisation, not deviating from the sheet music. It can only be of a notable saxophone artist's performance (Parker, Gordon, Coltrane, Brecker, etc). A copy of the sheet music is to be submitted to the examination committee. (If the applicant cannot get hold of such a sheet music, materials are available for borrowing and photocopying at the Saxophone Sub-Department of the Jazz Department).
Performance of approx. 10 popular jazz standards as a repertoire, from memory, in original harmonization. (themes with appropriate stylistic phrasing; improvisation to be added to 2 or 3 of the pieces)
Blues improvisation with simple harmonies, in various tempi, in three keys (C, F, B flat major).
Sight-reading of a motif handed to the applicant at the examination, preferably with phrasing appropriate for the style.