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Orientation Course for Bachelor Degree (COS)

The Taller de Músics, a pioneering school in teaching jazz and modern music in Barcelona, offers a bridging course intended for students with a heterogeneous profile (including students with classical training) who wish to prepare for the Bachelor of Music in the field of Jazz and Modern Music or Flamenco. Specifically, this course prepares the student for admission to the modalities of Interpretation, Composition or Musical Pedagogy. From previous level tests, a personalised itinerary is composed with the aim of enabling students to pass the entrance tests. By means of a very refined tutorial action, the course prepares the students to face and enjoy the four courses of the Bachelor of Music. 

Orientation Course for Bachelor Degree (COS)

STUDENT PROFILE

Students with a heterogeneous profile (also those with classical training),and with an interest in music, specifically the specialities of Perfomance (Jazz and Modern Music or Flamenco), Composition or Musical Pedagogy.

Currently, 60% of the students who access the higher studies of jazz and modern music in Catalonia do so through this preparation program of the Taller de Músics. COS has also been a determining factor for students who have decided to enter music universities in European cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin or Liverpool, as well as the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

ITINERARIES

Initial evaluation and tutoring

Tutoring is an essential element in this course of orientation to higher musical studies. The tutor, who knows the initial evaluation of the student, monitors his or her progress with regard to the knowledge acquired and the development of practical contents. They also monitor the organisation of regular tasks, the ability to cooperate with peers and teachers and the process of self-learning. In addition, the tutor is responsible for data collection, coordination and tutorial action with the student and his/her teachers.

Area of specialisation

It consists of a set of 4 or 5 subjects that vary depending on the specialisation of the student:

Specialisation in Performance (Jazz and Modern Music):

  • Musical Language and Auditory Perception
  • Instrument/voice
  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Jazz Techniques

Specialisation in Performance (Flamenco):

  • Musical Language and Auditory Perception
  • Instrument/voice
  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Flamenco Harmony
  • Flamenco Percussion: Compás and soniquete

Specialisation in Pedagogy:

  • Musical Language and Auditory Perception
  • Instrument/voice
  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Jazz Techniques
  • Musical Pedagogy

Specialisation in Composition:

  • Musical Language and Auditory Perception
  • Instrument/voice
  • Composition and Orchestration
  • Jazz Techniques
  • Complementary Piano

The subjects that make up each specialisation prepare the student to pass all the entrance exams to higher education.

SUBJECTS

Collective class for students of the same level who form an instrumental group and who, under the supervision of a teacher, work on musicality, improvisation and the use of melodic and harmonic material. Through this subject, the student discovers and develops his own sound and its projection. We learn to develop the differential musical elements of each student, as well as the relation breath-sentence, the individual and collective pulsation, or the improvisation in modal and tonal contexts in habitual forms of jazz and other modern styles.

It also develops the ability to use various tools for the creation or development of own ideas. They also learn to accompany melodies and improvisations and to exploit melodic-harmonic materials that are integrated into their own sound and that of the group. We work on the recognition of forms and structures in tonal contexts typical of jazz and the adaptation to styles, seeking an approximation in the competencies that are developed in the Superior Title. We work on the professional aspects of interpretation and improvisation: structure and form of the theme, reading, memorization, and transcription of solos.

This subject is the fundamental technical support for the integration of the student into the curriculum of the Course of Orientation to Higher Studies. The classes are individual, and the teacher helps the student not only to overcome the difficulties that arise during their academic journey but also to provide tools for self-learning. Progress with the instrument is also monitored in the context of the Instrumental/Improvisation Set course.

The instrument classes work on the following aspects: Technical skills of the instrument in the field of jazz and modern music; knowledge of the harmonic and/or melodic, rhythmic and expression resources of the instrument; reading at sight; studies and repertoire. The instruments that can be studied are piano, guitar, electric bass, double bass, drums, percussion, saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, tuba, violin and voice.

This course studies the relationship between the different harmonic sounds integrated within the tonal system, in the context of the popular music generated in the 20th century (jazz, Latin, Brazilian, rock, etc.). The subject has a theoretical point of view where cognitive contents are developed, and a practical point of view (composition exercises applied to the theory studied) where procedural contents are developed.

The main purpose is the training of students, not only with the ability to understand the music they play, but also able to create it themselves and develop their own ideas. Writing techniques are developed for different modern instrumental formations including the Big Band. This involves formal analysis, writing for the rhythm section, harmonization for three, four and five wind instruments, re-harmonization and orchestration for Big Band with practical exercises.

We work on the analysis of various levels of written and sound musical expressions, as well as the recognition and transcription of various categories of sound events. Some of the students’ exercises will be performed by instrumental ensemble students, middle cycle saxophone students or, in the case of Big Band exercises, these will be performed by the Original Jazz Orchestra of the Taller de Músicos (OJO).

It is in this subject where the student knows the elements of musical notation and the terminologies of jazz and modern music, becoming able to make appropriate use, both for reading and writing transcripts or ideas themselves. The student will also be able to identify auditive and transcribe correctly forms, instrumentations, tonalities, cadences and rhythmic elements of specific musical fragments, as well as studying the fundamentals and structure of musical language and its application in interpretative, creative or research practice. In this subject, we work on rhythmic comprehension, ear education, music theories, listening, formal analysis and transcriptions.

Through this course, the student will be able to know and interpret the different rhythms and palos that exist in flamenco through percussion. The technique will be developed for different percussion instruments such as cajón, drums, tinaja, bongos, darbuka and palmas, among others.

We will work on the initial and average technique of the cajón or percussion instrument that the student brings, the accompaniment to polyphonic instruments, the accompaniment to melodic instruments and the rhythmic patterns for different styles of flamenco.

Academic Calendar

1ST QUARTER 2019/20

From 16 September 2019 to 31 January 2020
General registration: From 1 to 19 July 2019 (from 10 am to 8 pm)
and from 28 August to 5 September 2019 (from 10 am to 8 pm)
Level tests and recoveries: From 5 to 10 September

2ND QUARTER 2019/20

From 17 February to 15 June 2020
General registration: 4 February (from 10.00h to 20.00h): Course of Orientation to Higher Studies (COS)
and from 5 to 7 February 2019 (from 10 am to 8 pm): general registration
Placement tests and recoveries: 8 February – Musical Language, 11 February – Harmony
and 12 February – Instrumental Ensemble

NOTE:

Tests: in order to carry out the tests you must register in advance.
Make-ups: in the passage from the 1st to the 2nd term students will go to make-ups only on the express indication of the teacher.

ACCESS TO STUDIES

The courses of the Workshop are four-monthly (one term corresponds to a complete subject level). Continuation from one term to the next is not compulsory. You can register at the Secretariat of the Taller de Músics the weeks before the beginning of each term.

Necessary documentation:
DNI, NIE or Passport/certificate from other music centres/courses.
Criteria for the allocation of vacancies: in strict order of registration.

Cancellation of registrations:
Refund of the amount (minus 15% administrative costs) within the same registration period.
Once the classes have started, no refunds will be issued.

Late registrations
Once the course has started, new students will be admitted according to the criteria of the pedagogical direction.
Consult the secretary’s office for more information.

 

Location

Music School
Requesens, 3-5, bajos
08001 Barcelona
t. 93 329 56 67
[email protected]

How to get there
Bus: 20, 24, 64
METRO: L2 Sant Antoni

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