Coach a Band

Module code
Curricular domain
Profile, extension and depth: Community, Education
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
8 weeks of lessons, a 18-weeks traineeship (1 teacher visit) and 1 concert
Total contact hours
12 hours
Study load
72 hours

Form / content / level

The student has completed Education.
See Competencies Matrix.
The student is able to guide/coach a group of their choice towards results, having learned to recognize group dynamics and use them while teaching.
He is in full command of the material and able to guide his pupils effectively.
The students learn to:
Get an overview regarding the practical and artistic organisation of a band.
Make a band sounds homogeneous.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to Education and Methodology. It serves to expand the students’ knowledge and practical experience of professional education. It also facilitates deeper exploration of the profession during a traineeship.
Students put together a band with junior students, students from the preparatory course or amateurs.
Communication skills, group leadership skills, organisational skills, musical vision, working with projects.
Practical lessons based on the topics listed under Aims, as well as various assignments based on the materials discussed.
At the end of the module there is a performance of all participating bands.
Mode(s) of instruction
Classes, labs, individual assignments, presentations, lectures and workshops.
Material & Tools
The required material will be made available on the ELO (electronic learning environment) under Education Modules.
Student activity

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Students are evaluated by the teacher/traineeship supervisor based on both the last presentation and their (A4) report.
The report and presentation should demonstrate the student's ability to reflect on his own learning aims.
Pass requirements
A minimum grade of 5.5 constitutes a pass. For this module a minimum attendance of 80% is required.
Examination procedure
Reports are assessed by the teacher next to the assessment of the final presentation concert.
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

This module is intended to teach students how to work with and instruct groups, preferably in the domain of professional education. Students will learn to work with group dynamics, and will be introduced to several approaches that help them frame their lessons to focus on the lessons aims. Using ensemble playing education as a case in point, specific lesson elements will be addressed, e.g., lesson aims, writing arrangements, mixing instruments from the classical and jazz & pop domain, ensemble playing, band leading and case studies.