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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Instrumental Labs 4
Module Code MC409
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Matthew Jacobson
Semester 2: Matthew Jacobson
Autumn: Matthew Jacobson
Module TeachersMatthew Jacobson
Greg Felton
Derek Whyte
Patrice Brun
Jenna Harris
Thomas Halferty
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

A module, appropriate to Year 4 ,designed to provide learners with appropriate stylistic considerations for their instrument, particularly as it relates to the contemporary language of jazz performance, both in soloing and accompaniment. Learners will acquire a skill set that will be typical of that required by the contemporary performer on their instrument. Building from techniques studied in INVLA3, the techniques under examination may include the use of metric modulation as an improvisational tool, methods of building melodies over complex harmony and contemporary rhythm section techniques such as mixed metre accompaniment in straight 8s styles

Learning Outcomes

1. Be competent performers on their respective instruments or voice
2. Have an adequate grasp of stylistic norms for their instruments and the typical conventions of contemporary performance
3. Rhythm section players will show a knowledge of metric modulation techniques and contemporary grooves and rhythmic techniques
4. Melody instrument players and singers will show a grasp of contemporary stylistic devices typical for their instrument

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Workshop24Weekly, A one-hour group lecture-workshop
Independent Study101Instrumental/vocal Practice, both individually, and with others
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Performance practice of voice or instrument
Learners will study various techniques and proficiencies, all of which will be relevant to typical performance practice of their voice or instrument. The techniques may be technical or stylistic. Areas which will be covered may include, but not be limited to, metric modulation techniques for rhythm section, advanced harmony, grooves of different kinds, solo vocabulary, contemporary rhythmic styles, and appropriate timbral considerations. Techniques discussed, depending on instrument, may include, but not be limited to such techniques as: ° Further developing reading skills ˆ Rhythm section techniques ° Development of idiomatic soloing vocabulary ° Development of good time feel in different idioms ° Playing in Odd Metres ° Use of metric modulation as an improvising tool ° The use of chromatic harmony as an soloing and accompaniment device ° Development of idiomatic accompaniment vocabulary ° Survey of historically important developments in particular instruments or voice ° Guidance towards exemplary recorded examples of techniques under discussion

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Performance evaluation20 minute individual assessment based on techniques covered in tutorials. Technical work and developing stylistic authenticity within the jazz and improvised music idiom80%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Oscar Beringer (Composer): 0, Oscar Beringer: Daily Technical Studies for Piano, Alfred Publishing Company, 076926414X
  • Crook, Hal: 2015, How to Comp: A Study in Jazz Accompaniment, Advance Music, 020630255X
  • Guilfoyle, Conor: 2010, Rhythmic Reading for drummers,, Advance Music,
  • Coolman, Todd: 2010, The Bass Tradition: Past Present Future, Aebersold Publications,
  • Ted Reed: 0, Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer, Alfred Pub Co, 0882847953
  • Mike Campbell: 0, Sightsinging: The Complete Method for Singers, Musicians Institute, 0793581915
  • Peckham, Anne: 2010, The Contemporary Singer: Elements of Vocal Technique, 2nd edition, Berklee Press,
  • Goodrick, Mick: 0, Advancing Guitarist, Hal Leonard, 0881885894
  • Morello, Joe: 1983, Master studies volume 1, Modern Drummer publications,
  • Marvin Dahlgren, Elliot Fine: 0, 4-Way Coordination, Warner Brothers Publications, 0769233708
  • Lateef, Yusef: 1999, 123 Duets for all treble clef instruments, FANA Music,
  • Guilfoyle, Conor: 2006, Odd meter clave for Drumset, Advance Music,
Other Resources

31390, App, Biolcati, Massimo, 2014, iReal Pro, Technimo,
Programme or List of Programmes
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JZCMBA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Perfor
SMPHSSSingle Module Programme (Hum Soc Sci)

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