Main Subject Composition Jazz & Pop 0
n/a, this module is not part of the Bachelor's curriculum
Number of course weeks
One 45-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Composition main subject preparatory course.
Training the student in one academic year to meet the entrance requirements of the main subject Composition 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.
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.
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
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.
This module is intended to prepare students through weekly lessons for the entrance exam Composition for Film and Theater 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).