Adventure Venture (Frans Vermeerssen)
Depends on band size
Number of course weeks
One 65-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Completion of the propaedeutic phase.
Discovering new possibilities in instrumental and vocal music.
Developing open minded creativity
Developing an interest in music in its widest sense.
Relation to other modules
Related to main subject and composing/arranging.
In this module there are no boundaries. Every lesson there will be
new topic, introduced by either the teacher or the student(s).
Instant composing, improvising, sketching. Topics can range from African rythms, renaissance polyphony, Turkish scales, John Cage, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, interactive performing with an audience and what not.
Participants are also challenged to present their ideas in words, to present themselves as an artist.
Mode(s) of instruction
Sessions and reflections.
Material & Tools
Handed out by the instructor or the participants.
Active participation in introducing topics and in working out possibilities related to the topics that are tackled.
Examination and assessment
Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the band instructor at the end of each semester.
General criteria: creativity, improvisation, sheet music, sense of harmony, rhythmic idioms, timing and tempo control, musical interaction, intonation, reading skills, sound, interpretation, style awareness, form principles, tonal balance, preparation, accompaniment and attitude.
Harmonic and non-harmonic improvisation.
Using solos and band improvisations to tell stories with a build-up and subsequent release of tension.
Improvisation based on formal principles.
Writing the pieces described in the program; submitting these in sheet music with the different parts transposed where necessary.
Performing a circa 45-minute band concert.
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester, with a minimum class attendance of 80%.
Written assessment by the instructor at the end of both semesters. Assessment at the end of the autumn semester is formative and expressed in terms of satisfactory/unsatisfactory. It indicates a student's progress in this module. No ECs are awarded and there is no resit. Modules can only be absolved, and ECs awarded, after the end of the spring semester. The end-of-semester assessments comprise evaluations of students' performance during the rehearsals and public performances.
This module allows students to discover new possibilities in instrumental and vocal music
, to develop open minded creativity
and to develop an interest in music in its broadest sense.
In addition, more general aspects of ensemble playing and performance are being discussed and developed.