Band Tony Bennett meets… (Pieter Douma)

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Group size
Depends on band size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 130-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.
Tony Bennett meets Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Diane Krall, Faith Hill, Carry Underwood.

Alltime croonerlegend Tony Bennett singing The American Songbook with contemporary Popular Music-icons.
This elective is perfect suited for duets by male and female singers, backed up by an acoustic jazz trio, experience and perform ballads and medium tempo jazz.
The vocalists focus on colourpalet of the voice and performance.
The trio deal is facilitating the songs the American way.
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 a repertoire of 5-10 pieces studied and rehearsed in a band setting.
Understanding the functions of the various instruments in a fusion band, particularly of the student's own instrument.
Performing an arrangement of intermediate complexity at sight.
Playing a solo over a modal or functional chord progression of intermediate complexity.
Rehearsing and performing an intermediate fusion piece with a band based on sheet music.
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 the mentioned style. All relevant elements of this style are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing and performance.