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.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
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 expanding repertoire in various Latin styles.
Compulsory: son, cha-cha-chá and descarga;
Optional: rumba, bolero, guajira, 12/8, comparsa, songo, danza, danzón, Afro en Afro-Cuban.
Compulsory: bossa nova and samba.
Optional: marcha and frevo.
Optional: bomba, plena, merengue, kaseko, cadence, zouk, tumba, danza and reggae.
Compulsory: Latin jazz and fusion.
Optional: salsa, cubop and Afro-Cuban jazz.
Preparing and performing a concert.
Studying the instrument-specific basics as well as more complex patterns and style elements.
Developing a sense of style and learning specifically to recognize and play the identifying features of related styles.
Developing ear skills with respect to Latin styles; students study example recordings compiled by the teacher.
Interpreting chord progressions, improvisation, phrasing, form knowledge, rhythmic interpretation, timing and tempo control.
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.
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 8-16 pieces studied and rehearsed in a band setting.
Recognizing the most important Latin styles by ear and playing both the basic and more complex patterns and style elements.
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
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 their chosen style. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing.