The Art of the Trio (Jasper Somsen)

Module code
Curricular domain
Profile, extension and depth: Practical Classes
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 120-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
20 hours
Study load
64 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to second year of Bachelor phase.
See Competencies Matrix.
Developing skills as a member of a trio.
Relation to other modules
Related to all practical modules.
Performing in a trio line up is one of the most challenging formats in music. Especially in jazz/improvised music. Since each musician is equally important and clearly audible, the music demands strong individual voices and a highly personal musical interaction (interplay). Every trio constellation has its own character and challenges.

In this elective, double bassist/composer/producer Jasper Somsen will personally guide his students in exploring the art of performing in trio. The two students attending the trio class will directly interact with the teacher, forming a trio.

Besides the classic piano and guitar trio (with bass and drums), any trio combination is possible. Including vocals.

The trio classes will focus on:

1. Developing the individual voice of each trio member
2. Interplay and musical dialog
3. Historical trio music
4. Contemporary trio music
5. Standards repertoire
6. Composition and free improvisation
7. Performance and production

The elective is open for all vocalists and instrumentalists.
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 within a trio setting.