Band Creative Lab (Miguel Boelens)
Depends on band size
Number of course weeks
One 65-minute lesson per week
Total contact 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.
Acquiring and developing ensemble playing skills and creating songs and repertoire in a predominantly electronic environment. In addition it will provide a platform to deepen the your way to express yourself with the use of electronics. Collaboration, songwriting, and developing sound.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
The goal is to create music from scratch without having a style frame in advance.
Mode(s) of instruction
Band rehearsals and performances.
Material & Tools
Each student will bring in ideas, song sketches, lyrics or other building blocks.
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, song writing, sense of harmony, rhythmic idioms, musical interaction, intonation, sound, interpretation, style awareness, form principles, tonal balance, preparation, accompaniment, performance and attitude.
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester, with a minimum class attendance of 80%.
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.
This module allows students to create music from scratch. All relevant elements of this mode of working are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing and performance.