Main Subject Viola Jazz & Pop 4
Number of course weeks
One 50-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Viola main subject year 4.
Achieving the predetermined technical completion level, learning to independently resolve musical/technical problems and showcasing an individual musical taste which is translated to a personal playing style. Students should be able to independently prepare and perform the final audition.
Relation to other modules
The contents of the main subject lessons are for the most part tailored to the final audition, and may be related to other classes, e.g., Arranging or Band Coaching.
All common scales and chords up to seventh position, the augmented scales and altered eight-tone scales.
Themes of salsa, Latin and fusion pieces, advanced big band parts.
Transcribing solos, e.g., by Zbigniew Seifert, adapting solos by e.g., Mc Coy Tyner and Michael Brecker for viola.
Personal style, Coltrane Changes, Moment's Notice, Lazy Bird, modal techniques (advanced), using outside playing and free improvisation.
Original pieces by the student; studying repertoire tailored to the student's individual stylistic development; more complex pieces, e.g., Giant Steps, Dolphin Dance, Lazy Bird, Moment’s Notice, memorizing circa 80 pieces and improvising over them; composing an effective performance program, stage presentation, dealing with stage fright.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons & occasional group lessons.
Material & Tools
Scores and recordings of the self-chosen repertoire.
Organizing a performance (band, repertoire, rehearsals) as part of the annual Jazz & Pop strings student concert. This performance may be used to try-out elements of the final exam. Independently organizing and realizing the final audition.
Examination and assessment
Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the main subject instructor at the end of each semester, which includes an assessment of the band playing at the annual Jazz & Pop strings student concert.
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.
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
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.
This module is intended to prepare students through weekly lessons for the final audition exam, with particular attention for the development of musical and technical skills required to perform the final exam program. Attention will also be paid to aspects directly related to the final audition, including (but not limited to) composing a good performance program and stage presentation.