Band Dion’s Creative Folk (Dion Nijland)
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 in repertoire of the relevant style.
Improving stage performance.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
In jazz there are no strict boundaries as to what can be used as repertoire. Moreover, one could even consider jazz as a musical approach to deal with the wide variety of influences and repertoire. Artists like Avishai Cohen (double bass), John Zorn (alto saxophone) and Louis Sclavis (clarinet) use specific stylistic elements as starting point for their music and composition of bands. This enables them to create a folk based repertoire with a clear jazz approach: they look for improvisation, interaction and ways to ‘stretch’ the music.
In this course, we are going to use musical ingredients derived from ethnic music as starting point for creating an adventurous band sound. The participants are also challenged to look for their own sources of inspriration (which could be Indian, Balkan, Turkish, African, Irish, Scandinavian…).
Open to all instruments.
Mode(s) of instruction
Band rehearsals and performances.
Material & Tools
Handed out by the instructor (where applicable).
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, sheet music, sense of harmony, rhythmic idioms, timing and tempo control, musical interaction, intonation, reading skills, 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 extensively study folkloristic jazz. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing and performance.