I feel honored to share my professional experiences in the field with other people. With my work as a teacher at the Royal Conservatoire I am able to inspire and help the next generation of musicians with their professional career.
I love helping other people to get from spark to spotlight
In my sessions, I make use of my many years of experience on different aspects of our professional practices as a musician, practice based knowledge and literature. Mainly, I draw from four main sources:
- my personal experiences as a musician (as a self employed independent musician (from 2005 on), freelance, and as a regular member of Holland Symfonia/The Ballet Orchestra (2009-2018))
- my activities as a business director of Stichting Ensemble Klang (since 2004), and as a founder & band leader of 9×13 (since 2015)
- ‘popular’ management literature and sources such as the WHY (Sinek), The Art of Possibility (Zander & Zander), Steal like an Artist (Kleon), 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Covey), and so on
- I use insights from my organizational studies at the department of Social Sciences at Utrecht University, where I are inspired by topics such as Field Theory (Bourdieu), structuration theory and reflexive modernization (Giddens, Beck), Liquid Modernity (Bauman), and Narrativity (Boje)
I started my activities at the Royal Conservatoire as a teacher of Professional Practice Preparations for all fourth year Bachelor students from the Classical Department in 2017. I reshaped the entire course in both content as working forms, and keep renewing it every year. In 2019-2020 the course consists of six collective sessions, two rounds of workgroups and two sets of individual talks. In this course, depending on the content and the amount of students involved, I vary between teaching and coaching. My group of students over the years vary between 35-50 persons.
Next to my work for Professional Practice Preparation I am also a supervisor for Master Research at the Royal Conservatoire.
Last but not least, as a founder of 9×13 I am also involved in giving workshops for amateur musicians in wind bands (HaFaBra). These deal with from working with themes, choreography, theatre, to developing new approaches to stage presence and ways to present yourself.