Nucleus Rhythm Section

Module code
Curricular domain
Profile, extension and depth: Practical Classes
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 90-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
18 hours
Study load
66 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to second year of Bachelor phase.
See Competencies Matrix.
Developing skills as a member of the rhythm section.
Relation to other modules
Related to all practical modules.
This module explores the mutual communication between bass, drums and guitar/piano/accordion in relation with one or more soloists (for example wind instruments, vocalists…)


Although bands are often large, they are based on small beginnings. And even though playing in a trio can make you vulnerable, it is an essential experience and particularly for playing in larger groups. In these classes, pieces will be played that have been selected in advance. This will be followed by an open discussion and an exchange of ideas about the performance. The repertoire is not limited to jazz standards.

These lessons involve focus on the following aspects:

- Gearing yourself to group timing

- Learning to develop and deal with various sounds, atmospheres, expressions and interactions

- Exploring different role divisions within a piano and guitar trio

- Assuming responsibility for each other when something goes wrong

- Developing both a supportive and an actively adventurous musical role

- Jointly learning to build up and conclude themes and solos

This band will provide you with greater insight into the function of both your own instrument and the other instruments. It will also contribute to your understanding of playing together intensively.
Mode(s) of instruction
Play and discuss in a group setting.
Material & Tools
Student activity

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the instructor at the end of the spring semester.
Students should have mastered the elements described under Contents.
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
Students are assessed at the end of the spring semester. The end-of-semester assessments comprise evaluations of students' performance during the lessons and, if applicable, public performances.
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

This module explores the mutual communication between bass, drums and guitar/piano.