Main Subject Voice Jazz & Pop 4
Number of course weeks
One 50-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Voice main subject year 4.
Further developing the technical aspects of the students' musicianship in the broadest sense of the word as well as their individual musical identity.
Relation to other modules
The contents of the main subject lessons are for the most part tailored to the final audition, and may be related to other classes, e.g., Arranging or Band Coaching.
General: the content descriptions of JPzng3 and JPzng4 are the same. The program is generally distributed over the third and fourth study years, depending on the student's individual interests and possibilities.
General tone production; see previous years.
Learning to incorporate the technical voice exercises in performances of the chosen repertoire.
Further developing individual vocal possibilities, techniques and timbres (e.g., belting, falsetto).
In-depth study of an individual style.
Developing presentation and performance skills.
Compiling and rehearsing a performance program for a 30-minute public recital (third year) and the final audition exam (fourth year).
More complex scales (e.g., altered, octatonic).
Rhythm changes and progressions with conventional chord sequences.
Composing solos, possibly with scat parts.
Developing and using an individual vocabulary (syllables, sound).
Transcribing, analyzing and performing vocal and instrumental solos.
Developing an individual style with respect to repertoire selection.
Writing original arrangements.
Writing original pieces and lyrics.
Third year: working on a song portfolio with lyrics, chord symbols and melody (as in a real vocal book) of 15-20 pieces in the relevant styles and appropriate keys, as studied in main subject lessons or band settings.
From the second study year onwards, students begin to specialize and accordingly choose an appropriate program.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons & occasional group lessons.
Independently organizing and performing the final audition.
Students need to bring their own microphone to all practical classes!
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.
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
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.
This module is intended to prepare students through weekly lessons for the final audition exam, with particular attention for the development of the musical and technical skills required to perform the final exam program. Attention will also be paid to aspects directly related to the final audition, including (but not limited to) composing a good performance program and stage presentation.