Rhythm Lab CFO
Number of course weeks
One 40-minute class per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Admitted to the propaedeutic phase.
Learning to interpret and play notated rhythms (difficulty level: basic to intermediate) from various musical idioms within the jazz, pop and Latin domains.
Learning to recognize and notate the elementary note values of swung or straight quarters, eighths, triplets, sixteenths, rests and ties.
Building a ready repertoire of rhythmic fragments.
Developing elementary polyphonic rhythm playing.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module as well as the theory modules.
Notating demonstrated (played and/or sung) monophonic rhythmic fragments.
Playing (on percussion) or singing notated rhythmic fragments.
Elementary two-voice rhythm playing, in which one hand is used to 'snap' a basic time-keeping pattern while a rhythm part is performed with the other hand or the voice.
The study material is comprised respectively of:
Jazz and rock clichés, using eighths, quarters, dotted quarters, ties, rests, accents and basic cross-rhythms in 4/4, 4/3 and 2/2.
The same, but using triplets.
The same, but in 6/8, 12/9 and 8/8, using dotted eighths and sixteenths.
Basic conga techniques, applied to simple polyphonic rhythms in the Latin idiom.
Please note: CFO students study a broader selection of rhythmic materials which includes classical elements.
Mode(s) of instruction
Virtual classroom video conference with audio where max four students in four different locations and one instructor in another location, communicate by seeing each other, talking and listening to each other equally. The Instructor has access to a whiteboard, application sharing, desktop sharing and document sharing and may hand this privileges to any participants of the conference.
Apart from the video conference a high quality stereo audio stream is open at the same time via source connect. That way students and instructor can listen to music from any source of the group and talk about it simultaneously. Individual lessons where deemed necessary by the instructor.
To support the lessons video tutorial about the core information of the topics might be provided.
Due to more complex theoretical topics larger video conferences with more than four students will be provided. These classes have lecture character. All lectures are recorded and though available for students later on.
Material & Tools
Study materials and exercises designed by instructors.
Examination and assessment
Mode(s) of assessment
Live assessment by the instructor at the end of the first semester and an exam at the end of the second semester.
Students are able to:
Correctly notate a demonstrated rhythm.
Sing or tap the repertoire built over the course of the module, keeping time by snapping the fingers of one hand.
After brief preparation, play a notated rhythmic fragment while keeping time by snapping the fingers of one hand.
The student has completed this module if his final assessment constitutes a minimum grade of 5.5. 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.
At the end of the first semester, the teacher gives a written assessment. At the end of the second semester, students take a written and oral exam. The oral assessment will only be valid if carried out without interruption. The instructor decides wether or not the audition is carried out validly.
Over the course of this module, students learn to recognize, analyze and play rhythms (difficulty level: basic to intermediate) in various idioms.