Band Soul/Funk (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 in repertoire of the relevant style.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
Soul music was conceived in the 1950’s, as a marriage between gospel and rhythm & blues. Ray Charles and Sam Cooke are considered godfathers of soul. In the sixties and seventies, soul developed as an important style in popular black music, with artists like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding,
Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder to name but a few.
In the late sixties, James Brown and his band turned soul into funk, followed by Sly & the Family Stone, The Meters, George Clinton (P-Funk) and many more. Funk was a major influence on disco, hiphop, dance and r&b.

In this elective band, timing, groove, sound, attitude and musical interaction are essential.
The repertoire can consist of anything that’s soulful or funky. Ideally, the band consists of drums, percussion, bass, guitar(s), keys, a horn section and of course some soulful vocals!
Mode(s) of instruction
Band rehearsals and performances.
Material & Tools
Handed out by the instructor (where applicable).
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, 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 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 extensively study soul and funk music. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing.