Band Jazzy Odd Meter Ears

Module code
M-JP-EBJOE
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 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 ensemble focuses on the improvisation side of odd meter playing. We will study 4th and 8th beat odd meters, how to feel them in different ways and how to free yourself from the underlying clave. We will do exercises where you learn the different roles of beatkeeper and improviser, regardless your instrument. We will also study tunes where we fit in our improvisations. Those tunes can be from the broad aspect of jazz / pop / fusion music. Own works are also welcome, hence they fit for improvisation. All instruments are welcome.
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, with a minimum class attendance of 80%.
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

EThis module allows students to extensively study jazz, odd meters in a band, played by heart. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing and performance.