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Shawn Royer Jazz Clinic at Paige’s Music

Mark your calendars for September 10th at 5:00 P.M! Paige’s Music will be hosting Dr. Shawn Royer for an in-store jazz clinic Playin’ Changes with Dr. Shawn Royer. If you are new to jazz or need a little guidance on what to practice, this is going to the clinic for you. Dr. Royer is going to focus on how to follow chord changes for jazz improvisation. This is a valuable skill to have as a musician, especially in a jazz setting.

Get Tickets to the Jazz Clinic

She will also be available for one-on-one mouthpiece testing for both saxophone and clarinet. Limited appointments are available during store hours on 9/10/22.  Use the link below to schedule an appointment.

Schedule a Mouthpiece Testing Appointment with Dr. Royer

 

About Dr. Royer

Musician, educator, and clinician, Dr. Shawn Royer, is Chair of the Department of Music and an Assistant Professor of Music at Marian University where she also directs the jazz ensemble, teaches clarinet and saxophone, is a University Supervisor, and works with pre-service educators in music. Dr. Royer is as a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Artist Clinician.

Shawn holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Jazz Studies from the University of Indianapolis and a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the Butler University School of Music. She also earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with an individualized minor in Jazz Pedagogy from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Dr. Royer’s publications and research interests include historical, philosophical, and qualitative methods in jazz education.

​Dr. Royer founded and directs the SYO Summer Music Programs, a non-profit organization that offers full symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, chamber ensembles, handbell choir, and adaptive percussion ensembles to middle school and high school musicians. She is also the Director of the 65th Street Klezmorim and the Swing Shift Indy big band and she maintains an active career performing jazz.

How To Playtest a New Saxophone

As you continue to progress as musicians, you will eventually outgrow the equipment you are using. Even if you feel like you aren’t ready to jump into an upgraded instrument, I highly encourage you to play test a step up or professional level instrument if you get the chance. Play testing a new instrument is a skill on par to sight reading: you might not necessarily do it every day, but the more you do it, the easier it will get!

P. Mauriat Tenor Sax Comparison

Mauriat Saxophones have arrived at Paige’s Music! Lets take a second to talk about some of the Tenors that we currently have in stock.

The PMXT 66-RX in the unlacquered finish has an amazing look to it. The extra engraving on it really brings the look of the saxophone together. Another cool thing about this saxophone is that the key inlays are metal, which helps with the resonance of the horn. The PMXT 66-RX features rolled tone holes, which are pulled directly from the body, as opposed to being soldered onto the body after the fact.

Adam Larson Sax Clinic at Paige’s Music

Adam Larson is coming to Paige’s Music on June 11th! This is going to be a clinic you won’t want to miss! I have been listening to Adam for a long time and he is one of the most technically proficient saxophonists I have ever heard.

Saxophone Book Recommendations

Saxophone specific books can be a great resource for improving your playing capability. I have a few book recommendations that have helped me in my journey of learning the saxophone.

Vandoren Reeds Mix Packs Are Perfect For Trying New Reeds

When it comes to reeds, there are a lot of options available to play and it can be overwhelming at times. Most beginners play on the Vandoren Traditional (blue box) but there is a wide variety of options available. You should try out different kinds of reeds to find what works best for you.

Jazz Mouthpiece Recommendations for Saxophone

When looking for a new mouthpiece I think it is a great idea to try out a few mouthpieces before you decide on making the purchase. I have some recommendations for jazz mouthpieces that will help the development of a quality jazz sound. I believe that starting out on a hard rubber jazz mouthpiece will help develop a strong sound and feel for the jazz mouthpieces.

If you are just getting started in jazz band I would recommend trying out some Meyer and Otto Link mouthpieces preferably the hard rubber. These mouthpieces are not only great for beginners, but more advanced players as well. If you are a little bit more advanced with jazz music. I would highly recommend trying out the Vandoren V16 M/S+, Daddario Jazz Select (pictured), or Jody Jazz Hr*. These mouthpieces are high quality and reasonably priced!

Please reach out to me if you have any questions!

Jeff Coffin Saxophone Clinic at Paige’s Music

We are excited to announce that Jeff Coffin will be here at Paige’s Music on March 31st. Jeff will be giving a saxophone clinic and we encourage you to bring your instrument for the event!

 

Please follow this link to reserve a seat.  Due to the size of our retail showroom, we only have room for 100 people for the clinic.