What will you learn: our teachers

Merel Martens

After two bachelor’s degrees in Music Teaching and Choir Leading Pop & Jazz, Merel received a Master’s degree in ‘Vocal Leadership’ from RAMA in May 2015. Merel’s name is connected to the award winning vocal groups Pitch Control, MAZE, The Junction, Dutch Organic Choir and VOÏSZ Vocal Projects, all located in the Netherlands.

Rohan Poldervaart

Rohan Poldervaart has more than 12 years of experience in the Dutch choir scene as a conductor. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in Utrecht, a master’s degree in Rhythmic Choral Direction at the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg, Denmark and recently started another two-year post-graduate master there. Currently, he is the artistic leader of Divina Close Harmony and The Amsterdam Vocals. His focus is on teaching rhythmical vocal music and giving workshops aimed at developing music in both an artistic and educational context.

Mathieu Vulto

Mathieu Vulto is specialist in music education at primary schools, choir conductor, jazz singer (scat) and freelance jazz flugelhorn player. He graduated in the separate bachelors Wind and Brass Band Conducting, Classical Flugelhorn and Music Education at the academy of music in Alkmaar and Amsterdam.

Recently he graduated for his master’s degree (MMus) in Innovative Choir Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg, Denmark. He gives lectures as a guest teacher in music education around the country and beyond and is lecturer at Stenden University. Mathieu developed his own philosophy in music education, called Co-Creative Classrooms.

Tijs Krammer

Tijs Krammer studied singing and choral conducting. From 2000 to 2004 he sang with the professional formation Montezuma’s Revenge. For the Dutch choral association BALK Tijs is teaching arranging and conducting. Tijs is also known for his outstanding arrangements. He conducted award winning groups like Be Sharp, Leeuwenhart and Vocalicious. He has written several books on arranging and conducting.

Marlou Vriens

Marlou’s methodology is about Vocal Integration, awareness, skill and musicality. She also runs girls choir Out of the Blue (Gouda). Marlou also composes for choir, theatre and dance performance. Her last piece was nominated for the Årets Reumert awards (Denmark). With her band Marlou she released her debut album Long way home, which was well reviewed in OOR magazine.

Jasper van Oerle

During his studies in Music Teaching (BA) and Music Theory (MA), Jasper has developed a great passion for vocal jazz and pop. He is the conductor of the Dutch Jazz Choir, bass vocalist of Touché and bass/beatboxer of The Junction. Furthermore, Jasper teaches music theory and ear training at the Music Teacher’s Academy of the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

Erik Bosio

Erik Bosio is an Italian award-winning composer, arranger, conductor, producer, singer and teacher. Born in Genoa, Italy, of an Italian father and Swedish mother, he studied piano, classical composition, jazz arranging and jazz singing at the N.Paganini Conservatory of Genoa. He is a founding member of the vocal group Cluster, considered one of Italy’s best, as well as The Ghost Files, a studio project dedicated to original vocal music recording.

Jesper Holm – Guest Teacher

Jesper Holm is the conductor and arranger for the outstanding vocal jazz group Touché. He is an experienced and passionate vocal jazz enthusiast. Jesper also teaches conducting and Vocal Leadership at RAMA Vocal Center.

Peder Karlsson – Guest Teacher

As a founding member of the Swedish a cappella group The Real Group 1984-2010, Peder performed over 2000 concerts all over the world and recorded 16 albums. Between 2011 and 2014, Peder was musical director of the vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile, Slovenia. Since January 2015, Peder also teaches Vocal Leadership at RAMA. In January 2016, he became ‘Honorary Professor’.

Line Groth Riis – Guest Teacher

Line Groth is known for her great arrangements for the world famous Danish choir, Vocal Line. She’s a Singer, arranger and composer in the vocal group Postyr (DK). Line holds a Master’s degree in Singing and Choir Conducting from The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. She has been teaching choirs, singers and conductors all over Europe, in the US, Israel, Greenland and Taiwan for over a decade.

Panda van Proosdijk – Guest Teacher

Panda van Proosdij studied at the Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands. She has been a teacher at Codarts, Music Theatre in Rotterdam and worked with The Netherlands Children Choir, The Netherlands Female Youth Choir and Wilma ten Wolde as a movement coach and director. Panda also directs musicals, light opera and music theatre performances.

Signe Sørensen – Guest Teacher

Signe Sørensen is the former artistic leader of Europe’s perhaps most innovative contemporary youth choir: The Girls Choir of Mariagerfjord. Signe has received two Danish prices for the choir’s extraordinary work, and she is recognized around the world for her innovative teaching methods and way of communicating with the young singers. With a big “No!” to discipline, and a warm “Welcome!” to responsibility, she has made young singers shine!

Freek Koopmans

After bachelor’s degrees in both elementary education and music education, Freek started working as a drummer for Percossa and Lieve Bertha. With these two bands he’s currently touring in- and outside the Netherlands. Additionally, Freek is still a music teacher in elementary school and one of the writers/editor of the music method ‘Metropole op school’ for the Metropole Orchestra.