Band Free Improv

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.
Study subjects will be selected based on the students' level of development, which means there may be considerable differences between their level upon completion of the course.
Evaluating and learning from group improvisations.
Developing improvisation skills based on formal principles.
Developing intuitive improvisation skills.
Harmonic improvisation: improvising tonally over jazz standards, without consideration of the chords within these tonalities.
Non-harmonic improvisation: learning to improvise without prior planning and especially without using harmonic principles.
Composition: students write two or more ensemble pieces, one freely chosen, and one multiple-section piece with partly omitted chord changes, rhythm and tempo.
Composing and rehearsing a concert program.
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.
General criteria: 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.
Harmonic and non-harmonic improvisation.
Using solos and band improvisations to tell stories with a build-up and subsequent release of tension.
Improvisation based on formal principles.
Writing the pieces described in the program; submitting these in sheet music with the different parts transposed where necessary.
Performing a circa 45-minute band concert.
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 their chosen style. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing and performance.