Vocal Ensemble Jazz & Pop

Module code
M-JP-VEN
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Credits
5
Group size
All first year students Jazz & Pop Vocals
Number of course weeks
30
Class duration
One 90-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
45 hours
Study load
95 hours

Form / content / level

Prerequisites
Admitted to the studies Jazz & Pop Vocals.
Competencies
See Competency Matrix.
Aims
Developing the creative, practical and social skills required for singing in a vocal ensemble.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
Content
Improvising from abstract ideas.
Improvisation on chord progressions.
Original pieces by the students.
Covers.
Harmony and unison singing.
Close harmony.
Sight-reading.
Creating an arrangement, with preparation or on the spot.
Rubato playing.
Tempo changes.
Development of dynamics within a piece.
Taking turns in accompanying the theme and the solo (single note).
Mastering various styles and forms, e.g., ballad, pop, up-tempo, Brazilian and Latin.
Composing a set-list.
Creating a completely original interpretation of an existing piece.
Incorporating improvisation in an arrangement.
Trading fours.
Stage presentation.
Adapting to others' mistakes
Working from the lyrics.
Compiling a repertoire list.
Listening to examples.
Listening to and creating different interpretations of various pieces.
Mode(s) of instruction
Group lessons with vocal students.
Material
Materials chosen by the instructor.
Student activity
n/a

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the band teacher at the end of each semester.
Criteria
Vision and creativity, communication, team-play and professional skills.
Pass requirements
A minimum grade of 5.5. 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.
Examination procedure
Written assessment by the instructor.
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

This module is intended to teach students through weekly group lessons the creative, practical and social skills required for singing in a vocal ensemble.