Band Creative Lab (Miguel Boelens)

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 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.
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, song writing, sense of harmony, rhythmic idioms, musical interaction, intonation, sound, interpretation, style awareness, form principles, tonal balance, preparation, accompaniment, performance 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, with a minimum class attendance of 80%.
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 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.