Backing Vocals

Module code
Curricular domain
Profile, extension and depth: Practical Classes
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 60-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
14 hours
Study load
42 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to second year Jazz & Pop Vocals. Students with other main subjects can also attend this module. An audition will be necessary in cases where there is doubt about the technical level.
See Competencies Matrix.
Developing skills as background singer.
Relation to other modules
Related to main subject.
In this module, students will work in a small group on backing vocals in pop or soul music - sometimes gospel, pop rock or indie. The lessons are modeled after the professional practice of singing backing vocals in a band or in a larger production, where triads and pentatonics are sung with conviction and a ‘street’ attitude. Points of attention include sound, feel, presentation and ad libs. Both the teacher and the students can make suggestions for song material. There is a short presentation at the Black Hole but the class can also contribute to other bands, auditions or final exams.
Beginner's level.
Mode(s) of instruction
Group classes.
Material & Tools
Student activity
Preparing a concert.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the instructor at the end of the module.
Students should have mastered the elements described under Contents.
Pass requirements
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5.
Examination procedure
Students are assessed at the end of the module The assessments comprise evaluations of students' performance during the lessons and, if applicable, public performances.
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

In this module, students will work in a small group on backing vocals for pop, soul, occasionally gospel, pop rock and alternative.