Band Maximal Exploration in Minimal Music (Rik Cornelissen)
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 repertoire of the relevant style.
Improving stage performance.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
The power of minimal music is to think in long structures and to keep the music interesting without much movement. In this course we are going to work mostly on own material, written by you, as a starting point for a composition. From there the exploration of the possibilities of your instrument, the arrangement, the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic starts. In a way the compositions will develope together, partly based on comping, partly on experimenting and improvisation.
The concept of minimal music can be projected in all kind of musical styles (pop, jazz, classical, film music etc), as done already a lot by different bands and composers before.
Mode(s) of instruction
Band rehearsals and performances.
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.
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, performance and attitude.
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 minimal music. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing and performance.