Main Subject Bass Guitar Jazz & Pop 1

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
339 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Bass Guitar main subject year 1.
See Competencies Matrix.
During the main subject lessons the student will develop into a musically, technically and artistically proficient musician who is able to operate in band, ensemble and orchestral settings. Students garner knowledge and insights, developing their own vision on the main subject and how it relates to other musical cultures. During the propaedeutic phase, students gain insight into the full bandwidth of the bass guitar tradition, with specific attention for the groundbreaking role the instrument plays/has played in the continuing history of bass. In addition, elementary bass techniques and concepts such as left-right coordination, tone, equipment, repertoire and transcription will be touched upon. After the propaedeutic phase, the main subject will focus on interpreting various styles, e.g., jazz, latin, fusion, pop, rock, world music and contemporary compositions.
Relation to other modules
See Aims.
Audio, materials for transcription, play-along, sight reading, materials from jazz, rock, pop, latin, fusion and classical repertoire.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons & occasional group lessons.
Material & Tools
See Content.
Student activity
Organizing a short performance (band, repertoire, rehearsals) as part of an annual student concert; independently organizing a performance (five pieces) as part of the propaedeutic 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 Assessment Plan.

Module summary

This module is intended to prepare students through weekly lessons for the practical part (audition) of the propaedeutic exam Bass Guitar Jazz & Pop. The student learns to play 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.