Band Pop-Rock (Charles Nagtzaam)

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.
Studying and memorizing a varied pop music repertoire.
Understanding pop song structure and memorizing complex structures (e.g., not based on eight-bar structure, interludes, tags).
Practical analysis of common pop chord progressions.
Studying a selection of styles prevalent in popular music, e.g., soul, hard rock, hip hop, rock 'n roll, r&b, acid, Britpop, grunge.
Independently choosing or writing arrangements for band settings that are common or possible in popular music.
Studying different recordings of pop songs and developing new interpretations based on this analysis.
Rhythm section: developing a sense of interaction and ensemble playing among the different rhythm section members and with the soloists.
Solo building: note selection, rhythm, themes, quotes and licks, timing, phrasing, dynamics and expressive techniques.
Developing a pop-specific rehearsal discipline.
Developing a sense of timing in pop music and tempo control in different tempi.
Becoming aware of and developing a band sound.
Becoming aware of the pop-specific band processes that usually lead to the choice of repertoire.
Preparing and performing a concert.
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.
Performing (by heart) a repertoire of 10-20 pop songs studied and rehearsed in a band setting.
Performing with a band and at sight (with brief preparation) simple to complex pop charts and improvising over these where appropriate.
Recognizing a wide range of the most important pop styles by ear.
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.