Main Subject Latin Percussion Jazz & Pop 3

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 50-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
25 hours
Study load
451 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Latin Percussion main subject year 3.
See Competencies Matrix.
To acquaint the student with a broad range of traditional and modern playing styles and their professional aspects. Continuing the development of the student's creativity and (implicitly) steering them towards choosing an individual artistic/musical direction.
Relation to other modules
Related to modules from the main subject Latin Percussion as well as interdisciplinary projects.
The student will focus on:

Further developing techniques for conga, bongo, timbales and miscellaneous percussion.

The student has the option to specialize in specific styles and/or instruments.

Lessons from guest teachers, attending clinics by teachers specialized in a certain style.

Special attention is paid to modern styles (Latin jazz, songo, timba, fusion), with an emphasis on timing, rhythm and groove.

Congas (tumbadoras): developing soloing skills, rudiment technique, floating left hand, clave, polyrhythms.

Bongo: further developing soloing skills, cross rhythms and phrasing, hand bell.

Timbales: advanced coordination (independencies), soloing, danza and contradanza.

Miscellaneous percussion: same as above, but as pertaining to non-traditional styles (e.g., 'MTV music', more tumultuous forms of jazz, heavy metal bebop, fusion).

Cajón: folklore and the instrument in jazz.

Further developing notation skills for arranging in various styles (Latin jazz, salsa, fusion, etc.).

Assembling a band to play auditions, student concerts, sessions, etc., in order to approximate the professional practice as closely as possible.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons and periodic group lessons (group size varies).
Material & Tools
Study materials designed by instructors as well as materials from the literature list.
Student activity
Combos, bands, choosing study material.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the main subject instructor at the end of each semester. A technical exam is part of the assessment procedure.
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 third year main subject allows students to experience a sense of independence in order to assess whether they are able to autonomously lead a band and create individual musical interpretations – skills that are essential to the students' future professional functioning.