Band Fusion

Module code
M-JP-EBF
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Credits
4
Group size
Depends on band size
Number of course weeks
30
Class duration
One 65-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
32 hours
Study load
79 hours

Form / content / level

Prerequisites
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.
Competencies
See Competency 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
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 performing simple as well as more difficult repertoire in various fusion styles.
Learning to play accompaniment and solos in various rock, funk, Latin funk and modern pop grooves (e.g., hip hop), as well as in more unusual meters and grooves.
Developing a sense of the structure of regular progressions, as well as studying and memorizing more complex structures, including irregular forms.
Improvising over simple modal and functional chord progressions, as well as over more complex progressions (which are analyzed beforehand).
Developing ensemble playing and musical interaction skills, building solos, personal expression and band tone.
Writing and arranging original pieces.
Reading and studying simple and more complex arrangements, with a focus on 16-bar rock styles and shuffle feel.
Developing tonal balance in a band setting.
Working on timing and tempo control in various tempi.
Developing rehearsal discipline.
Studying and reproducing existing interpretations of fusion pieces.
Preparing and performing a concert.
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
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 a repertoire of 5-10 pieces studied and rehearsed in a band setting.
Understanding the functions of the various instruments in a fusion band, particularly of the student's own instrument.
Performing an arrangement of intermediate complexity at sight.
Playing a solo over a modal or functional chord progression of intermediate complexity.
Rehearsing and performing an intermediate fusion piece with a band based on sheet music.
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 study their chosen style. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing and performance.