Guildhall Artist Masters

Guildhall Artist Masters Degree

Saxophone Performance with John Harle

Leading to MMus in Performance or MPerf (Guildhall Artist) 

From September 2017

The Guildhall Artist Masters Degree in Saxophone Performance with John Harle prepares creative saxophonists for the demands of modern professional life, and is for classical, jazz or multi-genre players.

Finding a personal direction for creative work after conservatoire is the concern of most savvy saxophonists in the ever-shifting landscape of the 21st century musical world. The Guildhall Artist Masters Degree has been created to help each student embark on a unique vision for their future, reducing guesswork and frustration after completing their studies.

Drawing on unparalleled experience at the highest levels in music-making as saxophonist, composer and record producer, John Harle will guide each student towards their own goals through instrumental development, creative projects and a contextual understanding of their art.

“John Harle - an instigator and inspirer” 
The Independent

The core Principal Study module comprises:

  • Saxophone Principal study 1-1 lessons
  • Creative Project - 1-1 lessons
  • Class and individual work on Performance and
    Communication Skills
  • Saxophone classes in all genres

MMus and MPerf performance assessments provide the opportunity for each student to design their own creative work, through repertoire, composition and arranging in any genre, ensemble work, and live performance with electronics and multi-media performance.

Each student will be offered the facility of commercial digital distribution of their creative work for two years after the end of their programme, through Sospiro Records.

In addition to the Induction and Integration modules of the Guildhall Artist Masters degree there will be a compulsory 10 credit elective specifically for saxophone players covering the saxophone’s role in the changing artistic and social landscape of the 20th century: ‘The Forbidden Saxophone’ lectures with John Harle.

The course can also include:

  • Saxophone Ensemble projects
  • Chamber music with coaching available

Advice on:

  • Production and Mastering
  • Artwork and stylistic direction
  • Digital distribution and publicity
  • Media and the the Music Business

There is a limited number of places for saxophonists on the Guildhall Artist Masters Degree per entry year.
There is a small amount of pre-course work, and a reading requirement for successful applicants.

Find out more, watch video tours and apply online:
gsmd.ac.uk/music