What will you learn: our classes

Choir Leading

With different choir leading teachers you will expand your musical comfort-zone, improve your rehearsal technique, create more communication awareness, get tools to improve your singer’s skills and create an inspiring environment within which your singers can make music. Merel Martens will guide you through your studies, together with Rohan Poldervaart, monitoring your development and creating individual, unique goals. For every course weekend, we invite a different guest teacher: Jesper Holm (Touche, Vocal Jazz, the conducting toolbox), Peder Karlsson (the Real Group, Organic Choirs, singers tools), Line Groth (co-conductor Vocal Line, Postyr), Panda van Proosdij (Voice & Physique, Choireography) & Signe Sorensen (Mariagerfjord Pigekor, youth choir expert).

The basis of Vocal Leadership can be found in Denmark; Jim Daus Hjernøe created the concept of ‘The Intelligent Choir’: His method is divided into three pedagogical areas:

  1. Develop your skills within the five musical focus areas (intonation & pitch, rhythm & groove, sound & blend, interpretation & expression and performance).
  2. Implement the tool ‘Operating System – Vocal Painting’ (VOPA).
  3. Expand the singer’s comfort zone in improvisation (liberation of voice, body and spirit).

‘Should rhythmic choir be conducted?’ We will gladly answer that question for you and share our ideas and expertise in this field. In addition, some ‘Organic Choir’ ideas are taught. Several games, created by Peder Karlsson, The Real Group and Merel Martens, will be introduced to the students. Games that are based on rotated leadership and initiative, movement, creativity and self-awareness. Jesper Holm is the vocal jazz experts in this team. Vocal Jazz needs a slightly different approach and with the experience of these experts you’ll be provided with specific tools for that. ‘The Conductors Toolbox’ is a method Jesper created for rehearsing scores. Merel also teaches her method for warm-ups, a key part of the rehearsal that conductors have to be inspired for, every rehearsal.
Teachers: Merel Martens, Rohan Poldervaart, Jesper Holm, Peder Karlsson, Line Groth, Signe Sorensen, Panda van Proosdij. 

Move & Groove

New: Move & Groove class! This class can also be defined as ‘physical eartraining’. Main goal is to create more awareness of the rhythmical and musical communication we do using our bodies. By using our voice, bodysounds, percussion instruments and much more we train our non-verbal communication and musicality. For music making we use all of our body!
Teachers: Freek Koopmans & Merel Martens

Arranging

A good choir needs good arrangements. It is important that a vocal leader can make his or her own arrangements and has a good idea of what makes an arrangement succesfull. In our arranging classes our teachers give each student different assignments that will take him or her to the next level. Different arranging styles will be examined.
Docenten: Erik Bosio & Line Groth

Conducting technique

Our non-verbal musical communication is very important. Students are trained to communicate with their singers with a ery clear conducting language. Tijs Krammer has written a book about this and monitors all students every weekend.
Teachers: Tijs Krammer

Voice

In our singing classes we connect voice theory to our choir practice. To get an optimal choir sound, we need to know how to use the instrument and how to teach this. During voice and voice theory classes there’s room for some individual tips and tops but we also sing arrangements and implement vocal technique.
Teachers: Marlou Vriens

Piano

The piano is a great tool to help you and your choir in rehearsal. But how often and in what way, ideally? A good choir leader can be flexible, accompany the choir when necessary, give a harmonic context and a groove to support the rehearsal proces and inspire the singers by creating a suitable musical atmosphere.
Teachers: Rohan Poldervaart

Eartraining

A harmonic understanding is important for vocal music leaders. In this class we connect music theory to actual choir rehearsal by using scores as a starting point. Rhythm, melody, harmony and improvisation will be improved upon quickly.
Teachers: Jasper van Oerle