Main Subject Viola 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 class per week
Total contact hours
23 hours
Study load

Form / content / level

Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Viola main subject preparatory course.
See Competencies Matrix.
Training the student to meet the instrumental entrance requirements of the main subject Viola Jazz & Pop. Students will be able to play the pieces described under Contents or similar material (self-chosen pieces, other genres) with a band and to improvise over the pieces, demonstrating their musical aptitude, improvisation skills and ability to incorporate theoretical concepts in their playing.
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.

Left hand: different types of left-hand vibrato; jazz legato; bow strokes for rhythmic phrasing in the first-position range; scales: major, melodic minor, pentatonic, blues scale; chords: broken major and minor triads and the tetrads maj7, min7, dom7 and diminished.


Playing simple jazz and Latin themes at sight, e.g., Doxy, Corcovado; Lennie Niehaus: Basic Jazz Conception for Saxophone.


Transcribing simple themes and solos.


Selecting simple patterns from transcriptions and studying in all keys; blues: improvisation in the blues scale; improvising over simple modal pieces by ear.


Where possible multiple recordings (of various performers) for each piece played.


Pieces with simple chord progressions, e.g., Autumn Leaves, Black Orpheus, Take the A-train, Now's the Time, Billie's Bounce, So What, simple pieces from other genres, possibly also original compositions by the student.


Wohlfahrt I and II, Pracht II, Polo (double stops), Vivaldi: Concerto no. 9, Rieding: Hungarian Concertino, Bach: e.g., Concerto in A minor.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons & occasional group lessons.
Material & Tools
Real Books, Lennie Niehaus: Basic Jazz Conception for Saxophone, recordings of the pieces to be played.
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

This module is intended to prepare students through weekly lessons for the practical part of the entrance exam Viola Jazz & Pop. The student learns to play simple pieces in various genres, in part chosen by the student himself (jazz, fusion, Latin, possibly including original compositions by the student), and to improvise over the pieces. During this process, attention is paid to technical facility and stylistic awareness with respect to rhythm, harmony and melody. The concepts discussed in the theory lessons are translated to instrument skills.