Main Subject Trombone Jazz & Pop 3

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 50-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
25 hours
Study load
255 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Trombone main subject year 3.
See Competency Matrix.
Further progressing towards the playing and study level demanded of professional musicians. Studying various styles with specific attention for the student's chosen style of preference (specialization).
Relation to other modules
The contents of the main subject lessons are for the most part tailored to the technical exam, which means they are slightly more isolated from the other performance and theory classes than in previous years.

Detailed study of seven or more methods of improvisation technique (or similar study materials):

Ramon Ricker: New Concepts in Linear Improvisation

Ramon Ricker: Pentatonic Scales for Jazz Improvisation

Ramon Ricker: Technique Development in Fourths

David Baker: Techniques of Improvisation (4 volumes)

David Baker: How to Play Bebob (3 volumes)

David Baker: Advanced Improvisation (2 volumes)

David Baker: Modern Concepts in Jazz Improvisation

David Liebman: Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody

Davis Liebman: Chromatics/Non-Diatonic Scales

Joe Riposo: Jazz Improvisation: A Whole-Brain Approach

Randy Halberstadt: Metaphors for the Musician

Mark Levine: The Jazz Piano Book

Emile de Cosmo: The Woodshedding Source Book

Charlie Mariano: An Introduction to South Indian Music

Rebeca Mauléon: Salsa Guide Book

Antonio Adolfo: Brasilian Music Workshop

Walt Weiskopf: Intervallic Improvisation

Walt Weiskopf: Around the Horn

Scott D. Reeves: Creative Jazz Improvisation

David Baker: Expressions & Explorations

Bertil Strandberg: It's about Time

Jerry Bergonzi: Melodic Rhythms (vol. 4)

Jerry Bergonzi: Thesaurus of Intervallic Melodies (vol. 5)

Jerry Bergonzi: Developing a Jazz Language (vol. 6)

Jerry Bergonzi: Hexatonics (vol 7.)

Walt Weiskopf / Ramon Ricker: The Augmented Scale in Jazz


special sounds (for more information: see technical exam, part 2)

flexibilities, (pral)trillers and embellishments

doodle tonguing (alternate articulation techniques)

multiphonics and other avant-garde trombone techniques

lip and slide vibrato

legato 'sweet-solo' style

using the plunger (and other mutes)

circular breathing


Further developing the ability to study disciplined and independently, initiating and/or organizing performance possibilities and selecting material (possibly also writing original pieces).
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons and (as agreed with the instructor) big band lessons, group lessons and section rehearsals

Greg Waits: Advanced Flexibility Studies for the Jazz Trombonist

Robert L. Marseller: Advanced Slide Technique for Trombone

Bill Watrous / Alan Ralph: Trombonisms

Phil Wilson / Joseph Viola: Chord Studies for Trombone

Bob McChesney: Doodle Studies and Etudes

Steve Wiest: Take The Lead

Al Grey: Plunger Techniques

Jamey Aebersold / Hal Leonard: Transcribed solo's of J.J. Johnson

Hal Crook: Creative Comping for Improvisation (3 volumes)

Conrad Herwig: Fond Memories of Frank Rosolino

David Liebman: The Improviser's Guide to Transcription (video)

Selection of the classical repertoire: (for more information, see technical exam, part 2)

Gilles Senon : 24 petites études modernes

Gilles Senon : 25 études rhytmo-techniques

Willem van Manen: 15 Studies for Trombone

Henri Couillaud: 30 études modernes

A. Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique

B. Marcello: various sonatas

A. Corelli: various sonatas

G.P. Telemann: various sonatas

G.F. Handel: various sonatas

J.S. Bach: cello suites (edition André Lafosse, Leduc, Paris)


Yamaha ST5 Personal Studio (in combination with Silent Brass)

Roland PMA-5 Personal Music Assistant (midi)
Student activity
Organizing a performance (band, repertoire, rehearsals) as part of the annual Jazz & Pop student concert; independently organizing a performance (five pieces) as part of the transition exam audition.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the main subject instructor at the end of each semester.
The student should have mastered the elements described under Aims. Specific criteria are: creativity, expression, improvisation, technique, sound, intonation, timing, reading skills, repertoire knowledge, progress, self-reflection, session participation, attitude and lesson preparation.
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
At the end of both semesters the instructor fills out an assessment form designed specifically for this module. Assessment is comprised of a verbal evaluation and a concluding grade. The instructor reviews this assessment with the student during the first subsequent lesson. 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.
Resit options
See the Education and Examination Regulations.

Module summary

Theme: further in-depth study. Progressing step-by-step towards the playing and study level demanded of professional Jazz & Pop musicians, with specific attention for further in-depth study of knowledge and skills and the students' individual musical identity and taste. The first technical part of the main subject study concludes with a technical exam at the end of this study year.