Module 02:
Major Instrument II by Instrument

Module Description:

This Module has a duration of 2 semesters and consists of three courses, Main Instrument II, Ensemble IIA and Ensemble IIB. The contact teaching time for each course is 90 minutes per week and is evaluated through a graded exam at the end of the second semester (short concert at the end of each semester, repertoire and technical exercises).

Total Credit Points: 24

Instruments:

Module 02: Artistic Main Instrument II
Piano

Learning Outcome:

Under Development

Module 02: Artistic Main Instrument II
Guitar

Learning Outcome:

  • The students will be able to build all the 7th, 9th, suspended and 6/9 chords and their inversions on the guitar and be able to play 2 octave arpeggios as well as use octaves to play melodies.
  • They will be able to apply keyboard harmony voice-leading concepts to their instrument and play extended chords up to 13ths on their instrument, apply upper and lower neighbor tones to chords and melodic improvisation.
  • They will be able to read all the exercises in the curriculum as well as more complex lead sheets on their instruments in treble clef.
  • In the ensemble class they will learn to apply the techniques learnt on their instrument in ensemble playing.
  • They will be able to understand and read and play more complex song forms using a lead sheet in the ensembles.
  • In the ensemble classes they will learn to apply the techniques learned on their instrument in ensemble playing

Module 02: Artistic Main Instrument II
Percussion

Learning Outcome:

  • The students will have continued to develop their rhythmic independence on the congas.
  • They will have applied and adapted the playing techniques they have learnt on other similar hand drums like the bongos, cajon and the djembe.
  • They will have learned playing techniques for typical small percussion instruments like shaker, tambourine, scraper, triangle, maracas and caxixis.
  • They will know how to interpret notated rhythms, accents or even rudiments and rudiment solos on all these percussion instruments.
  • In the ensemble classes they will learn to apply the techniques learned on their instrument in ensemble playing

Module 02: Artistic Main Instrument II
Bass

Learning Outcome:

  • The students will be able to play the arpeggios of all major 7th, minor 7th and dominant 7th chords as well as their inversions.
  • They will be able to use double stops and play 3 part harmony on their instrument.
  • They will know how to add upper and lower neighboring notes to chord notes.
  • They will be able to play the triadic and seventh structures of all the 9th, 11th and 13th chords and their arpeggios.
  • They will be able to play using dynamics and read complex rhythms using staccato techniques.
  • They will be able to read all the exercises in the curriculum as well as more complex lead sheets on their instruments in Bass clef.
  • In the ensemble class they will learn to apply the techniques learnt on their instrument in ensemble playing.
  • They will be able to understand and read and play more complex song forms using a lead sheet in the ensembles.

Module 02: Artistic Main Instrument II
Voice

Learning Outcome:

  • The students will be able to develop simple melodic ideas and vocalize over some of the most common chords types and chord progressions in Afro-Jazz.
  • They will demonstrate flexibility on scales, arpeggios, and portamenti.
  • They will demonstrate flexibility on scat rhythms and have built a solid Afro-Jazz vocabulary.
  • The student will have expanded their vocal range as far as possible, have achieved good voice projection, flexibility, and stamina
  • They will have good control of dynamics, registration and vocal color.
  • The students will not only work on Afro-Jazz, but also other world music with a bias on African contemporary music.
  • They will be able to analyze African traditional music and how it has been fused with music from the African diaspora to keep it dynamic.
  • They will have gained the understanding of the landscape of a piece: the harmonic progressions, cadences, resolutions, guide tones as well as chord extensions.
  • In the ensemble classes they will learn to apply the techniques learned on their instrument in ensemble playing

Module 02: Artistic Main Instrument II
Drum Kit

Learning Outcome:

  • The students will be able to understand and read ternary drum notation on the drum kit, including time signatures and meter changes.
  • They will learn all the correct movement patterns and the correct stroke techniques for the advanced rudiments.
  • Using these rudiments they will develop their rhythmic independence when playing drum patterns using ternary rhythms and understand the difference between binary, ternary and swing feels and be able to play all the feels on drum kit and transfer the patterns and combinations easily to the different types of rhythmic styles dealt with in the second year.
  • In the ensemble class they will be able to apply the techniques learnt on their instrument in ensemble playing.
  • They will understand more complex song forms using both binary and ternary time signatures and meter changes and be able to read and play them from a lead sheet in the ensemble.
  • They will be able to back a soloist or take a simple solo.
  • They will also be able to cue new sections to lead the ensemble on the drum kit and transcribe African percussion/drum kit rhythms using the correct drum notation.