Vocal Orchestra (Frans Vermeerssen & Ineke van Doorn)

Module code
M-JP-EBDVO
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Credits
4
Group size
10
Number of course weeks
24
Class duration
One 65-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
26 hours
Study load
86 hours

Form / content / level

Prerequisites
Completion of the first year as voice main subject student.

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.
Competencies
See Competencies Matrix.
Aims
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.
Content
This is a "vocals only" project! We will create music with just voices and electronics. We will do some group composing on basis of improvisation. And perform arrangements, with songs from the Björk album "Medullah" for a start. Every participant is also invited to write arrangements for the group.
Everything between freaky free impro stuff to neat close harmony is subject in this adventurous elective.
Mode(s) of instruction
Band rehearsals and performances.
Material
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.
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, performance 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 Assessment Plan.

Module summary

This module allows students to extensively vocal group music. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble singing and performance.