Band All Ears Jazz 1 (Michael Gustorff)

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Group size
5, 6 or 7
Number of course weeks
Class duration
Depending on group size. Quintet: one 45, Sextet: one 50-, Septet: one 55-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
23, 25 or 27 hours
Study load
89, 87 or 85 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.
Playing jazz standards by heart.
Improving ear training skills in a band situation.
Improving stage performance.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module and ear training.
In this group we will learn at least one jazz standard every week by heart. We will focus on jazz standards played frequently on sessions.
Beside that we will work on really hearing and knowing what the other band members do.
Possible instruments: all melody instruments, 1 singer (improvising is compulsory), accordion, 1 guitar, piano, bass, drums.
Mode(s) of instruction
Band rehearsals and performances.
Material & Tools
Jazz standards you should know.
Student activity
Selecting repertoire, learning tunes by heart for the next rehearsal. Generating internal publicity for the band's concerts.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the band instructor at the end of each semester.
Memorizing tunes, ear-training skills concerning sound, time, harmony, melody and form, functioning in a band, improvisation, attitude, performance and preparation.
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 class will help the student to be self-confident at jazz-sessions because of a bigger repertoire and better ear-training and performance skills.