Narrative Improvising (Jasper le Clercq)

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Group size
7 or more
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 65-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
32 hours
Study load
136 hours

Form / content / level

Completion of the propaedeutic phase Jazz & Pop.
See Competencies Matrix.
Acquiring and developing improvisation.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
In this class the music will be inspired by situations, texts, images, photo’s etc.
Through improvisational exercises you’ll come to surprising compositions and improvisations, in small and bigger line-ups.
You make music with an image in your head instead of scales in your fingers.
Listen to and following of your impulses will be taken as a central point.
In this class you broaden your musical spectrum!
Mode(s) of instruction
Rehearsals and performances.
Material & Tools
Handed out by the instructor (where applicable).
Student activity
Generating internal publicity for the concerts, and provide input for the 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.
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 broaden your musical spectrum by using non-musical elements for making music. All relevant elements of this music are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing.