Main Subject Composition for Film and Theater 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 Composition for Film and Theater main subject preparatory course.
See Competencies Matrix.
Training the student in one academic year to meet the entrance requirements of the main subject Composition for Film and Theater 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.

BASICS: developing composition techniques: generating ideas, developing concepts, music notation, rhythm, melody, harmony, musical form, instrumentation, style/idiom; a reading list will be compiled based on the student's previous experience (see Media).

ANALYSIS: jazz and pop standards, simple big band pieces. Research: ideas and their realization in relation to the aspects specified above: notation, rhythm, etc.

INSTRUMENTATION/ORCHESTRATION: principles of instrumentation theory; size, notation and applications of rhythm section, trumpet, trombone, saxophone.

REPERTOIRE/PRACICAL: discussion of the student's own compositions required for admission to the main subject course. The student's development as composer/arranger should yield at least three pieces differing in terms of style/idiom and instrumentation.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons and group lessons, which are also attended by students from different years of the main course.
Material & Tools
A selection from the following reading list, based on the student's previous experience:

Adler, Samuel: The Study of Orchestration

Baker, David: Arranging & Composing for the Small Ensemble: Jazz / R&B / Jazz Rock

Boustead, Alan: Writing Down Music

Burbat, Wolf: Die Harmonik des Jazz

Cacavas, John: The Art of Writing Music

De La Motte, Dieter: Harmonielehre

Delamont, Gordon: Modern Arranging Technique

Delamont, Gordon: Modern Harmonic Technique

Dobbins, Bill: Jazz Arranging and Composing

Dtv-Atlas zur Musik

Jaffe, Andy: Jazz Harmony

Kühn, Clemens: Kompositionsgeschichte in kommentierten Beispielen

Leeuw, Ton de: Muziek van de twintigste eeuw

Reed/Leach: Scoring for Percussion

Ruiter, Wim de: Compositietechnieken in de twintigste eeuw

Ruiter, Wim de: Partituurvoorbeelden

Sikora, Frank: Neue Jazz-Harmonielehre

Smith Brindle, Reginald: Musical Composition

Sturm, Fred: Changes over Time

Winsum, Wanda van: Harmonie in stijl

Wright, Rayburn: Inside the Score

Syllabuses on theory of musical form and musical analysis by the classical music department

Several titles on specific instruments or styles, including:

Guerero, Frank: Latin Sounds from the Drum Set

Martinez, Fernando: Funk Grooves

Lead-sheets, transcriptions, big band and orchestra sheets of the pieces discussed.
Student activity
Composing/arranging original pieces.

Organizing performances; studying and recording compositions by the student.

Attending a wide and diverse range of concerts.

Building a professional network of potential performers and fellow students of Composition, including students at other locations.

Presenting and discussing self-written pieces with fellow students of Composition.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the main subject instructor at the end of each semester.
The student's original pieces and arrangements should be of the level required to allow admission to the main subject course.

Generally, the criteria are: richness, balance, intelligence, motivation, inventiveness, stylistic awareness, imagination, reflection (analysis, presentation), timing, authenticity and diversity.
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 entrance exam Composition Jazz & Pop. It focuses on repairing any weak spots in the student's previous development (e.g., with respect to notation, instrumentation, harmonic theory, translating concepts to compositions, and learning the other basic tools of the composition trade).