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Ensemble 4 (Jazz)186/1720/1920/1/02
Study guide

Ensemble 4 (Jazz)

Academic year 2019-20
Is found in:
  • Master of Arts & Education in Music and performing arts
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Instrument (Jazz) within Muziek
  • Master of Arts in Music, programme stage 4
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Instrument (Jazz) (focus Podium) within Jazz/Popular music
    • Voice (Jazz) (focus Podium) within Jazz/Popular music
  • Master of Arts in Music
    • Jazz/Popular Music
In other study programme:
  • Master of Arts in Music as Ensemble 4 (jazz)
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 12 credits
Co-ordinator: de Haas Jan
Other teaching staff: Braeckman Hendrik, Mentens Chris, Smedts Els, Thys Nicolas, Vanderstraeten BĂ©noit, Van Herck Kurt, Verbist Peter, Verbruggen Teun, Wiernik Barbara
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2019 ()
Re-sit exam: not possible.
Compensated fail: You have to pass this course unit (will never be compensated).
Total study time: 270,00 hours


having passed Ensemble 3 (jazz).

Educational organisation (text)

* Group lessons
* Group work
* Observation of lessons
* Performances

Prerequisite competencies (text)

Achievement of the learning outcomes of Ensemble 3 (jazz), Instrumental studies 3, and Repertoire 3.

Learning outcomes (text)

The course unit, Ensemble, is aimed at learning the techniques directly related to ensemble playing and to developing and expanding the student's knowledge of repertoire. It also puts the student in a position whereby he or she is capable of implementing the course content of the principal subject lessons in a practical way. In the Masters course, emphasis is placed on the refining and deepening of ensemble skills and the building up of a personal repertoire. The ensembles are encouraged to give public concerts.

Learning outcomes (list)

The student independently broadens and explores repertoire related to his or her discipline.
The student is able to perform in a group context non-conventional, contemporary compositions by W. Shorter, C. Corea, D. Holland, for example.
The student can generate group repertoire by the making of transcriptions.
The student demonstrates an incentive towards the creation of a personal repertoire for the group.
The student masters the internationally used stylistic performance practice standards.
The student masters a broad range of styles in the jazz/pop music idiom.
The student can take on a leading role in an ensemble.
The student has an in-depth understanding of the interaction between the various instruments.
The student has an in-depth understanding of the role of his or her instrument in relation to other instruments and as part of the ensemble.
The student listens at all times to his or her fellow musicians.
The student can move his or her public through the means of artistic dialogue.
The student can communicate the group's search for a personal artistic vision to the public.
The student has thoroughly mastered musical parameters and structures.
The student is able to make a substantial contribution to the group's timing.
The student is able to make a substantial contribution to the group sound and the musical group dynamic.
The student builds up expertise through organisation and independent study.
The student demonstrates independence in the building up of expertise.
The student can employ his or her social and communication skills in order to take on a leadership role.
The student demonstrates musical leadership within the group.
The student works in a team (with other artistic disciplines) on the creation of his or her own artistic concept.
The student explores ways to realise his or her own artistic group concept whether or not it is around other artistic disciplines.
The student can position him- or herself in an intercultural and international context.
The student actively searches for intercultural and/or international forms of collaboration.

Course content

The following aspects of ensemble playing are studied and practised:

* Role of one's own instrument relative to the other instruments and in terms of the ensemble
* Interaction between the various instruments
* Knowledge of repertoire
* Group sound
* Musical group dynamic
* Knowledge of form
* Maintenance of tempo
* Playing from memory (auditory and melodic memory training)
* Style variation
* Sight-reading as a group
* Learning to lead a group
* Stage experience and steadiness on stage

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Artistic praxis120,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours150,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Academic yearArtistic skills assessment70,00
Academic yearArtistic praxis30,00

Evaluation (text)

Assessment format: The exam consists of a concert given by the ensemble. Three numbers must be played in contrasting style, tempo and key. Students are examined in January and June. Each exam counts for one half of the total number of points. Exams count for 70% of the marks, and 30% of points are awarded on the basis of on-going evaluation throughout the year. Students in the ensemble are judged on an individual basis.

Assessment standards: The student will pass if the various elements of ensemble playing summarised under "Competencies" are sufficiently present and if the performance level meets the pre-requisite criteria for proceeding to the next study year. The student must achieve 50% of the total number of points in order to pass.