Main Subject Bass Guitar Jazz & Pop 0

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
n/a, this module is not part of the Bachelor's curriculum
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 45-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
23 hours
Study load

Form / content / level

Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Bass Guitar main subject preparatory course.
See Competencies Matrix.
Training the student to meet the instrumental entrance requirements of the main subject Bass Guitar Jazz & Pop.
Relation to other modules
The level of instrument proficiency is consistent with the level of the preparatory course band lessons; the ear skills are in line with the preparatory course theory lessons.

Right-hand skills: tone production, various plucking techniques, muting, dynamics.

Left-hand skills: position playing, closed and open fingering, muting, staccato/legato, slurs.

Left-right coordination; study material: scales, arpeggios, various ├ętudes such as Berklee Choral Studies, J.S. Bach: Inventions, Paul Westwood: Bass Bible, basic grooves, play-along tapes, self-designed scale studies.

Posture: awareness of tension.


Chord symbols and notation up to the fourth position; materials may include Berklee Reading Excercises, Joseph Viola's Chord Studies and materials designed by the instructor.


Tempo control and sensitivity.

Developing functional bass lines in various styles (using Paul Westwood: Bass Bible as possible reference).

Developing form awareness.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons & occasional group lessons.
Material & Tools
Audio, materials for transcription, play-along, sight reading, materials from jazz, rock, pop, latin, fusion and classical repertoire.
Student activity

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 Assessment Plan.

Module summary

This module is intended to prepare students through weekly lessons for the practical part of the entrance exam Bass Guitar Jazz & Pop. The student learns to play simple pieces in various genres, in part chosen by the student himself (jazz, fusion, latin, possibly including original compositions by the student), and to improvise over the pieces. During this process, attention is paid to technical facility and stylistic awareness with respect to rhythm, harmony and melody. The concepts discussed in the theory lessons are translated to instrument skills.