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A.B.D. -- Saxophone Performance, University of Minnesota
M.F.A. -- Saxophone Performance, University of Iowa
B.M.E. -- Music Education, B.M. -- Composition, Wartburg College

comment How does someone safely develop intensity at an extremely high tessitura?
@MatthewRead I suppose that's somewhat related, yes, though the singer may or may not actually be singing all that loud. It just sounds "intense."
comment Adjusting clarinet or saxophone reeds
I haven't watched these videos just yet, but do you have anything specific you are trying to accomplish? Any specific problem(s) you are trying to solve regarding your reeds?
comment How can I improve my fingering on the saxophone in the high notes and overtones?
Just so I'm clear on your question, are you having issues with the left-hand palm key notes (which would start at D above the treble staff, written pitch) or are you having issues with the octave above that? The way your question is written suggests either, and the answers would be quite different.
comment How to select a key-signature for a song
There are a lot of good answers already, so I'll just add one thing. A song you hear on a recording may not even be performed in the key you hear on the recording. Post-production, especially in certain styles, will sometimes raise the pitch a little to increase energy both by raising the tempo and through the implication of a higher tessitura requiring more energy. This does not happen so much in reputable classical recordings, but I understand it is very common in some pop styles.
comment How can I generate nice-sounding random chord progressions?
What do you already know about the topic? Where are you having trouble?
comment How do I continue improving my saxophone technique?
Your question seems a little broad. What are your goals with the saxophone? Are there specific areas where you feel deficient?
comment Is it possible to write a song without a key?
Nice melody. Can you base a symphony on it now?
comment How far “off” can a piano unison be and still be considered “in-tune”?
@Rein Henrichs I think @jbm means that the individual strings (typically three of them) that are all supposed to be the same pitch are actually the same pitch. If you've ever pressed a key on an old, out-of-tune piano and heard multiple, out-of-tune pitches, it's because the three strings are out of tune with each other. Poster seems to be asking how far out of tune is acceptable.
comment Capitalization of key names (C Minor vs. c minor)
@James Tauber For Roman numeral analysis, capitalization still depends on who is writing. See e.g. Schönberg's Harmonielehre. (archive.org/details/harmonielehre00schgoog) Some modern harmony texts follow that tradition and use all capitals for Roman numerals, such as the Aldwell and Schachter text (amazon.com/Harmony-Voice-Leading-Edward-Aldwell/dp/0155062425).
comment Ic-V-I perfect cadence progression SATB part writing rules
@ogerard Thanks. It's hard to believe I've never seen that before now, but I guess all my theory training has used figured bass (or figured-bass-like) symbols to indicate chord construction.
comment On a saxophone, what is the difference between an overtone and an altissimo ?
@ogerard Baritone saxophones with low A have a longer tube with an extra key typically operated with the left thumb. The B-flat fingering is the same, yes. The differences in altissimo fingerings are due to size (mostly) but also due to maker, model, player, etc. For example, a fingering for altissimo G on alto would typically be unusably flat on tenor, so tenor has a different fingering.
comment Criteria for selecting a voice teacher
+1 Absolutely... though it is possible that an instructor can be good with both children and adults, teaching them is very different, and not everyone can do both.
comment Fast Chord Identification
In what context? Are you talking about playing piano? Guitar? Reading an improv section of a big band chart?
comment Comprehensive theory book
This would be an "opinion" question, certainly, but to give a reasonable answer, I need a little more information. What specifically are you wanting to know? Are you looking for something along the lines of an undergraduate harmony text, or something else?
comment What are some useful and effective exercises for training absolute pitch?
I would add a caution to this method. Many times, in the process of post-production especially, the overall pitch of the recording is changed (usually raised), at least slightly. So, while a recording may be in tune "with itself," it may or may not be that close to the desired pitch standard. Learning to sing or perform specific songs, then remembering the tonal pitch of each, could alleviate this issue and still provide a useful technique.
comment In what order shall I introduce traditional music theory concepts to adults using solfege?
Do you have a traditional "written theory" text you are using for this class? If so, which one?
comment Well-known composers or piano pieces generally suitable for someone with small hands?
I'm not sure the composers themselves have small hands, but rather write for performers with small hands. Composers do not necessarily compose at the piano.