Band Greatest Joy (Robert-Jan Vermeulen)

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.
Improving stage performance.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
Writing and Playing Your Own Jazz Material.

This band will focus on aspects of the process of writing your own jazz material, all members will contribute at least one original.
We will look into the process of finding a convincing form, sound and atmosphere for your pieces.
This includes a good preparation by you with parts that are transposed if needed and that are clear enough to play at first sight. You will pay the same attention to the material written by your fellow musicians as to your own songs.
We will start off with a little workshop on composition by the instructor, to get you started as a composer.

When enough material is finished, we will also record it.

We will need drums, bass, piano, guitar (one only), accordeon (optional), trumpet, trombones, saxophones (3 horns in total maximum) and strings
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, performance 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 original music. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing and performance.