Main Subject Trombone 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 Trombone main subject preparatory course .
See Competencies Matrix.
Preparing the students for the various aspects of the main subject course in general, and for the entrance exam specifically, in addition to developing study skills.
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.

Study skills (learning to study);

ear skills practice in order to develop the inner ear;

basic trombone technique;

basic improvisation technique.


Independently creating and following an effective study program;

understanding specific (technical) problems and their possible solutions;

technique in relation to and in support of the music;

expanding the student's musical horizons.


All basic technical skills (posture, breathing technique, breath support, embouchure, tone production, articulation and

tongue techniques, intonation, tonal range, lip flexibility, dynamics);

basic improvisation technique (over maj7, min7 en dom7 chords, II-V-I progressions);

10 or more easy jazz standards learned by heart.


Learning to incorporate knowledge, understanding and skills while playing;

musical expression.


Ensemble playing;


motivation, learning to identify and express one's reasons for choosing a musical career;

learning about the day-to-day realities of a career in music, the various possibilities and the expectations that a main subject student is required to meet;

creating a frame of reference so that students can develop a realistic self-image;

learning to listen to music with an inquisitive and open mind (compiling a listening list, regular concert attendance, etc.);

expanding the student's cultural and artistic horizon (including other art forms than music);
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons & occasional group lessons
Material & Tools


Emory Remmington: Warm-Up Studies for Trombone (Accura, USA)

Branimir Slokar: Warm-Ups and Technical Routines (BIM, CH)

P. Makovecz: Selected Studies for Trombone vol. I (EMB, H)

Marco Bordogni: Melodious Etudes vol. 1 (Tezak edition, 1996)

Mark Nightingale: Tipping the Scales (Warwick music, UK)

Michael Davis: 15-Minute Warm-Up Routine (Hip-Bone Music)


George Bouchard: Intermediate Jazz Improvisation

Mark E. Bollinger: The Jazz Theory Workbook.

Mark Nightingale: Easy Jazzy ’Tudes

Jim Snidero / Slide Hampton: Easy Jazz Conception for Trombone

Jim Snidero / Steve Davis: Intermediate Jazz Conception for Trombone

Jim Snidero / Conrad Herwig: Jazz Conception for Trombone

Mark Nightingale: Tipping the Scales

Roman Ricker: The Beginning Improviser vol. 1

Jamey Aebersold Series: vol. 24 (Major / Minor)

- vol. 21(Getting It Together)

- vol. 3 (II-V-I)

- vol. 54 (Maiden Voyage)

- vol. 70 (Killer Joe)

Video (in-class viewing):

Jamey Aebersold: Anyone Can Improvise


Material to be acquired by the student for the preparatory course:


ASTRA mouthpiece (Boosey and Hawkes, London)

Audio player/recorder with quality microphone
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

Theme: general basics.

The preparatory course is intended to prepare students for the various aspects of the main subject course in general, and for the entrance exam in specific, in addition to developing various study skills.

Subjects to be discussed: basic playing technique, specific ear skills and basic improvisation technique.