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What To Do With All Those Saxophones?
Using Small Ensembles To Educate The Abundance Of Young Saxophonists In Public School

October 2015[excerpt] "A recent conversation at the end of the 2014-15 school year with a middle school band colleague revealed some startling news: he had 30 incoming saxophonists joining his 6th grade band the following year. Across the state of New Jersey the saxophone is one of the most popular starting instruments in elementary school, giving many other directors at all grade levels a similar problem: what to do with all those saxophones?"

Read Dr. Smith's full article (PDF*) as published in the October 2015 issue of Tempo, the official magazine of the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA).

The Use of the Saxophone in the Music of Jules Massenet

August 2015 — Dr. Jordan P. Smith's newly published research about Jules Massenet and the saxophone appeared in the 2013/2014 edition (volume 36-37) of The Saxophone Symposium, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal published by the North America Saxophone Alliance (NASA).

The Saxophone Symposium is only available in print to NASA members or for purchase through a distributor. Click here to purchase a copy of The Saxophone Symposium, volume 36-37.

Sergei Prokofiev and the Saxophone:
"Lieutenant Kijé" Film and Symphonic Suite

January 2011 — As published in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Saxophone Journal, Jordan P. Smith explores Sergei Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé suite, a standard orchestral work for saxophonists and yet one that few recognize as an important work in Prokofiev's musical career. The article illuminates Prokofiev's penchant for the saxophone and most likely his first documented exposure: at the premier of Glazunov's Saxophone Quartet in 1933.

The research article by Dr. Smith takes an in-depth look at topics including:

  • Prokofiev's first possible exposures to the saxophone
  • The transformation of the Lieutenant Kijé film to symphonic suite
  • Impact on Prokofiev's future works

Download the full research article here:

Sergei Prokofiev and the Saxophone:
"Lieutenant Kijé" Film and Symphonic Suite

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