Main Subject Voice 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 30-minute interpretation lesson and one 30-minute technique lesson per week
Total contact hours
30 hours
Study load

Form / content / level

Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Voice main subject preparatory course.
See Competencies Matrix.
Training the student to achieve the vocal entrance requirements of the main subject Voice Jazz & Pop.
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.
General voice development, breathing technique, posture correction, articulation, tone control, vocal coloring, dynamics, pronunciation, blending registers, intonation and microphone technique.
Melodic variation.
Selecting and expanding a repertoire in various styles which allows students to showcase their abilities, for instance in the range of pop, jazz, chanson, musicals, variety theater, musical theater, Latin and bossa nova.
Making style-appropriate musical choices.
Phrasing and dynamics.
Communication of text.
Singing and recording independently.
Studying vocal parts.
Choosing an appropriate key for singing a specific piece.
Transposing pieces.
Writing parts.
Counting off pieces.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons & occasional group lessons.
Material & Tools
Selected repertoire.
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 Voice Jazz & Pop. The student learns to play/sing simple pieces in various genres, in part chosen by the student himself, and to improvise over a simple chord progression. 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' (i.e., vocal) skills.