Main Subject Latin Percussion Jazz & Pop 0

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
n/a, this module is not part of the Bachelor's curriculum
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 45-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
23 hours
Study load

Form / content / level

Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Latin Percussion main subject preparatory course.
See Competencies Matrix.
The student is aware of the basic skills required to play percussion instruments. The student demonstrates progress in his level of musicality, compared to his level upon admission. The student realizes the importance of healthy physical habits for their future career as a musician.
Relation to other modules
The level of instrument proficiency is consistent with the level of the preparatory course band lessons; the ear skills are in line with the preparatory course theory lessons.

Developing basic techniques on conga, bongo and timbales, bell, güiro, maracas, clave and miscellaneous percussion, e.g., shekere, triangle, cowbell, tambourine, ganzá or shaker, cabasa, pedal bell or woodblock, pandeiro, surdo, tamborim, cajón, batá, kalimba, djembe.


Congas (tumbadoras): learning various strokes: open tone, slap, heel beat, fingertips, muffled beat, playing simple 'tumbaos'.

Bongo: strokes using fingers and thumb, martillo for the (guajíra) son with basic variations.

Timbales: developing general stick technique, rudiment technique, stroke technique for the paila, bell technique, open tone, rimshots, muffled beats.

The 'abaníco', coordination exercises, Latin styles with clave.

Studying basic patterns in the following styles: son, guajira, son montuno, danzón, cha-cha-chá, mambo, guaracha, son Afro-Cubano, 6/8, bolero, rumba, percussion in jazz styles.

Miscellaneous percussion: stroke exercises, tone production, posture, coordination, studied on each instrument in various styles including (but not limited to) bossa nova, Latin jazz, salsa, pop, rock, r&b, swing and in various rhythms.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons or group lessons with two students.
Material & Tools
Study materials designed by instructors.
Student activity

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the main subject instructor at the end of each semester.
The student should have mastered the elements described under Aims. Specific criteria are: creativity, expression, improvisation, technique, sound, intonation, timing, reading skills, repertoire knowledge, progress, self-reflection, session participation, attitude and lesson preparation.
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
At the end of both semesters the instructor fills out an assessment form designed specifically for this module. Assessment is comprised of a verbal evaluation and a concluding grade. The instructor reviews this assessment with the student during the first subsequent lesson. 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.
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

The preparatory course focuses on traditional and jazz percussion styles, with specific attention for tone production and the correct techniques for playing the various instruments.