Band Cover Band Chops (Clemens Horn)
Depends on band size
Number of course weeks
One 65-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Admitted to year 2 Jazz & Pop or, after audition, Composition for Film and Theatre.
NOTE that selecting one elective band is compulsory in the second year Jazz & Pop. In years 2, 3 and 4 students Jazz & Pop can select up to two elective bands per year in total.
Acquiring and developing ensemble playing skills in repertoire of the relevant style.
Improving stage performance.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
Master the many challenges of playing in a cover band:
proper preparation, translating hits to a live band, choosing the right equipment, the right mindset, nailing it without rehearsal, communicating well on and off stage, surviving all that will go wrong, substituting in unknown bands, navigating bad sheets & wrong cues while the unsuspecting public gets a great performance.
That and much more. We'll cover it all.
Mode(s) of instruction
Band rehearsals and performances.
Material & Tools
Handed out by the instructor (where applicable).
Generating internal publicity for the band's concerts, and selecting repertoire.
Examination and assessment
Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the band instructor at the end of each semester.
Creativity, improvisation, sheet music, sense of harmony, rhythmic idioms, timing and tempo control, musical interaction, intonation, reading skills, sound, interpretation, style awareness, form principles, tonal balance, preparation, accompaniment, performance and attitude.
The student has completed this module if being awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester, with a minimum class attendance of 80%.
Written assessment by the instructor at the end of both semesters. 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. The end-of-semester assessments comprise evaluations of students' performance during the rehearsals and public performances.
This module allows students to extensively study playing cover band music. All relevant elements are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing and performance.