Band Beatles (Eric van Dijsseldonk)

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Group size
Depends on band size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 65-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
32 hours
Study load
79 hours

Form / content / level

Completion of the propaedeutic phase.

NOTE that selecting one elective band is compulsory in the second year. In years 2, 3 and 4 you can select up to two elective bands per year in total.
See Competencies Matrix.
Acquiring and developing ensemble playing skills in repertoire of the relevant style.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
The Beatles hardly need any further introduction, and provide an immense repertoire of classic pop songs. From the early Merseybeat (Please Please Me, She Loves You) to the studio experiments of the late sixties (Strawberry Fields Forever, Sgt. Pepper), to name but a few titles. Apart from writing great songs, they were also very creative and precise in arranging them for what was basically a standard 4-piece guitar band. Eventually they started using other instruments as well, and classical influences with a little help from their producer George Martin. After the band split up in 1970, John, Paul, George and Ringo all started succesful solo careers that gave way to wonderful songs like Imagine (Lennon), Maybe I’m Amazed (McCartney) and All Things Must Pass (Harrison).
So dive into their music, bring it to life, and find out how they did it!
The band would consist of two guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and three lead singers (or at least one lead and two backing vocalists). There are also plenty of Beatles songs with a horn section.
Mode(s) of instruction
Band rehearsals and performances.
Material & Tools
Handed out by the instructor (where applicable).
Student activity
Generating internal publicity for the band's concerts, and selecting repertoire.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the band instructor at the end of each semester.
Creativity, improvisation, sheet music, sense of harmony, rhythmic idioms, timing and tempo control, musical interaction, intonation, reading skills, sound, interpretation, style awareness, form principles, tonal balance, preparation, accompaniment and attitude.
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
Written assessment by the instructor at the end of both semesters. 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. The end-of-semester assessments comprise evaluations of students' performance during the rehearsals and public performances.
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

This module allows students to extensively study Beatles music. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing.