Main Subject Drums Jazz & Pop 4

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 50-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
26 hours
Study load
450 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Drums main subject year 4.
See Competencies Matrix.
Further developing the technical aspects of the students' musicianship in the broadest sense of the word, as well as stimulating their musical awareness and personal taste in music. Students will be able to demonstrate their command of the acquired skills in the technical exam (see Content) as well as showcase an individual musical vision in the final audition exam.
Relation to other modules
See Aims.
Preparation for technical exam:
A solo transcription produced and performed by the student himself.
Ten snare drum ├ętudes.
An original snare drum composition and an adaptation for drum set.
A composition or arrangement for brushes and double bass.
A rehearsed big band arrangement.
A rehearsed pop chart.
Performing a big band arrangement a prima vista.
Performing a pop chart a prima vista.
Performing a goal note solo a prima vista.
A composition for drums and computer produced and performed by the student himself.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons & occasional group lessons.
Material & Tools
Scores and recordings of the self-chosen repertoire.
Student activity
Organizing a performance (band, repertoire, rehearsals) as part of the annual Jazz & Pop student concert. This performance may be used to try-out elements of the final exam. Independently organizing and performing the final audition.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the main subject instructor at the end of each semester. A technical exam (an audition for a panel consisting of three examiners) is part of the assessment procedure.
The student should have mastered the elements described under Aims. Specific criteria are: creativity, expression, improvisation, technique, sound, intonation, timing, reading skills, repertoire knowledge, progress, self-reflection, session participation, attitude and lesson preparation.
Technical exam: the student should have sufficiently mastered the elements noted under Content.
Pass requirements
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 by the instructor as well as for the technical exam 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.

During the spring semester a technical exam is part of the assessment procedure. Examiners use an outline of relevant criteria to assess students, with the average grade being used as the final grade.

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 technical exam and the final audition exam, with particular attention for the development of musical and technical skills required to perform the final exam program. Attention will also be paid to aspects directly related to the final audition, including (but not limited to) composing a good performance program and stage presentation.