Band Odd Meters (Philipp Rüttgers)

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Group size
Depends on band size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 65-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
32 hours
Study load
79 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.
See Competency Matrix.
Acquiring and developing ensemble playing skills in repertoire of the relevant style.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
Music with influences from Eastern Europe, India and modern jazz. Odd meter (5, 7, 9) and mixed meter (4+3+4, or 7+6) will be played here. Short vamps, pop songs and jazz standards are used as the basis. You will work on clave sense and rhythmic freedom within these structures. The division of roles between the rhythm section and the soloist is an important point here. The band’s composition consists of a rhythm section (bass, drums, piano and guitar) and four soloists (wind section, vocalists and strings, etc.).
See for instance: Nick Drake /River Man, Brad Mehldau/Resignation, Chris Potter/Boogie Stop Shuffle and Aansu Bhari Hai/Indian traditional.
Mode(s) of instruction
Band rehearsals and performances.
Handed out by the instructor (where applicable).
Student activity
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 and attitude.
Pass requirements
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
Examination procedure
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.
Resit options
See the Education and Examination Regulations.

Module summary

This module allows students to extensively study odd meters in a band. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing.