Band Modern Jazz (Jeroen van Vliet)
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.
NOTE that selecting one elective band is compulsory in the second year. In years 2, 3 and 4 you can select up to two elective bands per year in total.
Acquiring and developing ensemble playing skills in modern jazz style.
Improving stage performance.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
Study subjects will be selected based on the students' level of development, which means there may be considerable differences between their level upon completion of the course.
Studying and memorizing a varied jazz repertoire (including rhythm changes and blues): e.g., ballads, medium up-tempo and up-tempo, Latin jazz, bebop repertoire, up-tempo pieces, repertoire in the Coltrane idiom, ECM jazz.
Developing a sense of the structure of schemes with eight, sixteen and thirty-two bars and blues; studying and memorizing more complex structures (e.g., not based on eight-bar structure, interludes, tags).
Analyzing simple and more complex functional-harmonic and modal progressions, and improvising over these progressions.
Analyzing, playing and improvising over arrangements for two to four brass instruments with rhythm section.
Studying and playing existing interpretations of jazz standards as well as deliberately creating new interpretations.
Rhythm section: studying two beat, double time and other grooves in order to develop musical interaction and ensemble playing skills with and between the soloists.
Solo building: note selection, rhythm, themes, quotes and licks, timing, phrasing, dynamics and expressive techniques.
Working on rehearsal discipline.
Developing a sense of timing in jazz music and tempo control in different tempi.
Becoming aware of and developing a band sound.
Preparing and performing a concert.
Mode(s) of instruction
Band rehearsals and performances.
Material & Tools
Handed out by the instructor (where applicable).
Generating internal publicity for the band's concerts, and selecting repertoire.
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.
Performing (by heart) a repertoire of 10-20 jazz standards studied and rehearsed in a band setting.
Performing with a band and at sight (with brief preparation) an intermediate jazz arrangement with improvisation.
Recognizing the most important jazz styles by ear.
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 extensively study modern jazz. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing and performance.