Band Cover Band Chops (Clemens Horn)

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Group size
Depends on band size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 65-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
32 hours
Study load
79 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.
See Competencies Matrix.
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).
Student activity
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.
Pass requirements
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%.
Examination procedure
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.
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

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.