Researchers LLM

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The Research Group LLM consists of teachers of the Prince Claus Conservatoire and Royal Conservatoire and of (international) experts in the field of lifelong learning in music and the arts. Experts from the professional field work as co-researchers in various pilot projects. Students are involved in the research projects as well.

Leo Delfgaauw

Leo Delfgaauw graduated in art history at the Amsterdam University. He worked as a policy officer fine arts at the 'Fund for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture and consequently became conservator at the 'Haags Gemeentemuseum' and later conservator for museum De Pont in Tilburg. He was a member of many advisory committees and worked as a jury member for several awards and grants. In addition he was a teacher of art history at various academies and head of the Frank Mohr Institute of the Hanze UAS. Currently he is a teacher of art history at the University of Groningen and within his job at the Hanze UAS he is conducting PhD research into the professional practice of artists at an elderly age. l.h.m.p.delfgaauw@pl.hanze.nl


Karolien Dons

Karolien Dons studied musicology at Ghent University in Belgium and music psychology at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Since 2010 she participates as a researcher in several projects in the research strand Healthy Ageing through Music & the Arts of the research group. In 2013, she started her PhD study Leading to Engage at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, in which she ethnographically explores the meaning of collaborative music practices for elderly people. Next to her research activities, Karolien is a teacher at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in the fields of music pedagogy and psychology. She is also a research methods coach. ​

Robert Harris

Robert Harris was born in 1949 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. He studied piano with Ruth Slenczynska at Southern Illinois University, where he received the Bachelor of Music degree in 1970. He received the Piano Performance degree from the Sweelinck Conservatoire of Amsterdam in 1977 as a pupil of Willem Brons. He taught piano at the Municipal Music Pedagogic Academy of Leeuwarden, Netherlands until 1990 when the institute merged with the Conservatoire of Groningen. He left the Conservatoire in 1991 to study Human Movement Science at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, where he received his Masters degree in 1995. In that year he returned to the Conservatoire of Groningen as accompanist. Harris has performed in various chamber music ensembles and accompanied countless soloists including Christina Deutekom, Charles van Tassel and Tamás Altorjay. Robert Harris currently works on his PhD research 'The Role of Cerebral Resonance Behaviour in the Control of Music Performance'at the University of Groningen.r.i.harris@pl.hanze.nl

Also visit Robert's personal page

Linda Hendriks

Linda Hendriks studied Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Groningen with a specialization in Roman Languages and Culture (French).
Within the research group Lifelong Learning in Music she combines her research activities with her work as a marketing & communications officer for the research group. For the research group she wrote a marketing & communication handbook for starting musicians. In addition to Communications she was trained as a primary school teacher and worked as a teacher for a number of years. As a teacher at the Prince Claus Conservatoire she is a research coach for bachelor students during their graduation phase.
She held positions in the field of marketing & communications at a municipality and at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen. Furthermore she was responsible for the public relations of the Peter the Great Festival, an international summer school for talented young string players and pianists, which ties in with a series of chamber music concerts​.

Garyfallia Katsimiga

 Garyfallia Katsimiga began her musical studies in her home country, Greece. When she moved to the Netherlands she studied classical piano with Paul Komen at the Prins Claus Conservatoire in Groningen. Throughout her Bachelor studies she took lessons on various historical instruments, something which stimulated her thoughts about performance practice and translation of rhetorical elements in music performance. When studying for her Master degree she conducted artistic research into the 'Interpretation of the music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries on the modern piano'. Her thesis was awarded with the EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) "Frans Schreuderprijs 2015". Garyfallia performs regularly solo and in chamber music ensembles in the Netherlands and abroad as well as giving lectures and workshops. She worked as an accompanist for several choirs and as a correpetitor at Prins Claus Conservatoire. At the moment, she is a working as a teacher-researcher for the research group Lifelong Learning in Music on a pilot project with bachelor students about the application of Liz Lerman's critical response process. 


Jan Gerd Krüger 

Jan-Gerd Krüger graduated in 1999 majoring in classical and jazz saxophone at the Prince Claus Conservatoire. After continuing studying Cultural- and Media management in Amsterdam with work-placements at BMG Ariola and a Festival Agency, he is currently working as Coordinator of the Jazz Department and International Relations Officer at the Prince Claus Conservatoire. In 2014 he obtained an MBA in Education Management at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany. In addition to being part of several working groups within the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), he is also involved in a strategic partnership with Partner Universities around Europe and the US.

Being a member in a diverse spectrum of ensembles, he tries to connect education, new audiences and management. His research will help him to build upon the experiences of the working field and will also deliver new insights in the current performance practice.


Peter Mak 

Peter Mak is a psychologist and a professionally trained pianist. His Phd was in music education for mentally handicapped people. For this dissertation he received the Dr. Visscher Award in 1997. Peter Mak worked at the Universities of Nijmegen and Groningen. He specialized in music psychology and music pedagogy and published various articles about subjects in this field. He is one of the editors of a Dutch handbook on music psychology. At the moment Peter Mak is account manager Educational Affairs at the Prince Claus Conservatoire. Peter Mak has been actively involved in the Research Group from the very beginning and is also involved in the development of the joint master programme 'For New Audiences and Innovative Practice'. p.h.m.mak@pl.hanze.nl

Isolde Malmberg
Isolde-Malmberg-IMP-Website smaller.jpgIsolde Malmberg graduated in music education, instrumental teacher education (voice and piano) and French at the University for Music and performing Arts Vienna (mdw) and at the Alma Master Vienna. She worked as a Secondary school teacher (music, French, chorus leading) in Vienna for eight years. From 2004 until 2015 she worked as researcher at the institute for music education (IMP) at mdw, where she led the widespread European Network meNet and did her PhD on project method and music education. Isolde is board member of the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS) www.eas-music.org, in EAS she is coordinator of the Special Focus Group PRiME (Practitioner Research in music education). In Vienna she later held a position as Assistant Professor at the IMP conducting research on mentoring for school music teachers novices. Currently she is Professor of Music Pedagogy& Didactics at hmt III Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock, Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikpädagogik.

Rosie Perkins

Clarinetist Rosie Perkins is a Research Associate at the Royal College of Music, London (RCM). Rosie graduated cum laude at the University of Sheffield and she completed her PhD at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge in 2012. Rosie works widely across music education and psychology, with a particular interest in enhancing the learning experiences of conservatoire students. Rosie was appointed as a commissioner to the International Society of Music Education's Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician in 2008. She is a regular contributor to international conferences and has published in the areas of musicians' career development and the transition from school to conservatoire. Rosie Perkins is research coordinator for the project 'Rhythm for Life', a sister project of the project Healthy Ageing through Music and the Arts of the Research Group. rperkins@rcm.ac.uk

Krista Pyykönen

Krista Pyykönen (MMusEd, MMus) is a PhD-student at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (AT), as well as a teacher at Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen (NL). She works as a member of the research group Lifelong Learning in Music of Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen. Krista´s PhD-research focuses on the meaning of applied participatory person-centered music practices for healthcare professionals working in elderly care settings. Central questions for the research are, what live music practices mean for the well-being of care professionals both in elderly care homes and in hospitals, and how they can contribute to the work of the care professionals, hence to the quality of care. 

Previously, Krista has worked as a teacher in the European master programme "New Audiences and Innovative Practice" at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (2013-2015), and as a music educator, community music pedagogue and performing musician in Sweden and Finland. Since 2015, Krista has continued her work as a community music pedagogue at the annual Mänttä Music Festival in Finland. Krista´s previous master research into creating participatory music practices for elderly people with dementia in Stockholm was awarded with the Kerstin Eliasson-prize of Excellence in Research in 2013.

Peter Renshaw

Peter Renshaw is a creative learning consultant with a special interest in institutional change and lifelong learning. Formerly Principal of the Yehudi Menuhin School, he retired in 2001 from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as Head of Research and Development, where he pioneered the innovative programme in performance and communication skills (1984-2001). Subsequently he chaired the Steering Group for Youth Music which led to the publication 'Creating a Land with Music' (2002) and was Moderator of the EU Socrates project, Sound Links, on cultural diversity in music education. In 2005 The Paul Hamlyn Foundation published his research report on Guildhall Connect, titled 'Simply Connect: Next Practice in Group Music Making and Musical Leadership'. As a member of the group of researchers of the Research Group Lifelong Learning in Music and the Arts he produced a research report on mentoring, titled 'Lifelong Learning for Musicians: The Place of Mentoring' (update 2009). In 2006 he was appointed as mentor of the Practitioner Development Programme of music and art centre The Sage Gateshead in northeast England, and as evaluator to the Creative Partnerships National Mentoring Programme als led by The Sage Gateshead. prenshaw36@gmail.com

Tine Stolte 

Tine Stolte works as a co-ordinator, teacher and researcher at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen. She is responsible for the  Instrumental Teacher Education of the Jazz and Classical department and co-ordinates the master strands 'New Audiences and Innovative Practice' and 'Instrumental Learning and Teaching'.  Tine is also a  member of the research group Lifelong Learning in Music'. She has been involved in research related to 'professional development of (music) teachers', 'Communities of Practice' and 'Music and Elderly'. Tine was educated as a classical singer. t.stolte@pl.hanze.nl 

Kristin Valsdottir 
Kristin Valsdottir studied classical piano from the age of six but quit during adolescence, when she dove into sports, choir singing and dancing. At univeristy she started again and studied playing the piano, singing and recorder. She graduated as a teacher in 1985 and specialized in music. From 1990-92 she studied Music and Movement at the Hochshule für Muzik und darstellende Kunst, Orff- Institut, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She completed research based M.Ed. from the Iceland University of Education in 2006. Her main interest and focus in work has been reinforcement of music education in schools and the education and continued education of music teachers. She worked as a teacher in public elementary schools, music schools and also taught on many continued education courses. She is also interested in the integration of performing arts and has worked with drama students as well as music and sports teachers. She founded Reykjavík Cathedral's Children and Juvenile Choir, which she also conducted. And she worked for seven years with drama students as choir-conductor and rythmic teacher at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Kristin Valsdottir was a member of Reykjavík Cathedral's concert and chamber choirs from 1983-2010. For the last two years she worked as a dean of the Department of Arts Education at the Iceland Academy of the Arts which offers artists of all diciplines a two-year master programme to become licenced teachers. kristin@lhi.is

Marinus Verkuil 

Marinus Verkuil studied School Music and orchestra conducting at the conservatoire in Groningen. When he graduated in 1983 he became a teacher and built up a flourishing practice for the music profession. He received his diploma for conducting an orchestra in 1985, a study he did with Zsolt Deáky, and which gave him plenty of opportunities to practice; students orchestra conducting often led the weekly orchestra rehearsals of the orchestra at the conservatoire. In 2000 he was appointed as principal subject teacher for Didactics and Methodology at the Prince Claus (former North Netherlands) Conservatoire in Groningen. In 2003 he was appointed head of the Music Teacher course and head of the Instrumental and Vocal Methodology at the same institution. As such he also became a member of the management team, and works on education, educational innovation, young talent and internationalisation. In 2009 he received his Master degree Art Education. He is connected as a teacher and graduation supervisor to this master programme as well. In addition he is involved with the application, course set-up and design of many educational projects and he is National Coordinator for EAS, the European Association of School Music. As a conductor he works for the 'Groninger Mozart Ensemble', with which he gives concerts both in the Netherlands and abroad. m.verkuil@pl.hanze.nl

Sabrina Vlaskalic

Described as the "new Ida Presti", Sabrina Vlaskalic is an established and appreciated performer who gives concerts and performs at guitar festivals throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. In the spring of 2014 she premiered a Triple Concerto ‘Two African Studies’ of K. De Vries in Groningen (the Netherlands) in front of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (former Queen).She studied at the University of Music Art in Belgrade, where she graduated with the highest honours in the class of prof. Srdjan Tosic. She continued her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in The Hague (the Netherlands) with the renowned prof. Zoran Dukic.
Sabrina received several scholarships and prizes for excellence, such as the prestigious Huygens Scholarship offered by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and she has appeared on numerous TV and Radio shows throughout Europe.
At present Sabrina is a professor of classical guitar at the Prince Clause Conservatoire in Groningen.

Paul Komen
 

Paul Komen studied at the Sweelinck Conservatoire in Amsterdam with Jan Wijn. After this he continued his studies with György Sandor in New York and with György Sebok in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1989 made his debut in Carnegie Hall in New York en the National Gallery in Washington. Paul Komen recorded many CD's with works by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Skrjabin, Mompou, Chopin and Schubert. For one of his CD's he received an Edison Award. In addition to playing the modern grand piano, he has been playing historical instruments since 1990. This led to many invitations to international concerts and festivals, such as the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, the Festival for Old Music Utrecht, the Festival of Flanders, Festival Sans Souci in Potsdam, Musiqua Antiqua in Barcelona and Le Festival de piano de La Rogue d'Anthéron. In 2000 he played the 32 sonatas by Beethoven in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in the Beethovenhaus in Bonn. Together with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, conducted by Frans Brüggen, he has done several international tours with piano concerts by Beethoven and Mozart, starting in 2000. He also played with the Orchestre des Champs Elysées conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. In 2003 he recorded a CD for the Beethovenhaus in Bonn containing the Diabelli Variations by Beethoven. In addition to his solo performances Paul Komen performs at many chamber music concerts with the Trio Amédée and he is also one part of the successful piano duo with the Georgian pianist Nata Tsvereli. 
Paul Komen is head of the piano department of the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen. He has been artistic leader of the international Peter the Great Festival, one of the largest chamber music festivals and accompanying summer academy in the Netherlands, since 2011.

Former members

Ben Boog

Dr. Ben Boog (1950) was a university teacher Adult Education and Social Intervention at the University of Groningen until 2006. He studied theoretical and government-sociology at the University of Utrecht and was promoted at the Erasmus University Rotterdam on a thesis about new social movements, the action theory and intervention methodology of the French sociologist and historian Alain Touraine. As a university teacher he did a lot of research into migrants, social work and outreach work, refugees and in the field of psycho-social rehabilitation. From 1989 to 2006 he was a secretary of the Dutch-Flemish Network Action research and he was also co-editor of a series of books published by this network. He also published frequently in the field of action research in various publications and books. In 2006 he organised the congresses World Congress of Action Learning, Action Research & Process Management (ALARPM) and also Participatory Action Research (PAR). Currently he is a consultant and trainer participative and qualitative research and he is a part time teacher methodology of research at the Master of Art Education at the Hanze University Groningen and the Noordelijke Hogeschool in Leeuwarden. Ben Boog also teaches Action Research at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague for the Joint Master programme 'For New Audiences and Innovative Practice'. bboog2@home.nl

Winfred Buma 
Winfred Buma studied guitar with Wim Overgauw at the Hilversum Conservatoire, where he later became a teacher for some time. Since 1987 he has been a teacher of principal stury jazz guitar at the Prince Claus Conservatoire. As a guest teacher he taught at the Summer school of the Leeds College of Music. In 1992 he received the Henri de Wolf Jazz Award. Winfred Buma participated in projects with very diverse musicians, from Greetje Bijma and Han Bennink to the North Netherlands Orchestra and Rogier van Otterloo. Nowadays he prefers working in smaller groups with a subtle approach. w.g.buma@pl.hanze.nl

Renee Jonker

Renee Jonker (1958) studied percussion with Frans van der Kraan at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He was a member of the Slagwerkgroep Den Haag (Percussion Group The Hague), the Asko Ensemble and the Schönberg ensemble and also cooperated in music theatre productions both in the Netherlands and abroad, such as the opera's Samstag and Dienstag aus Licht by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Renee Jonker has been director of the Société Gavigniès since 1998, a private fund for the promotion of music life in the Netherlands. As such he had a part in the development of new educational strategies and community music for all Dutch symphony orchestras and the 'Concertgebouw' in Amsterdam. Renee Jonker has been a teacher of community music and leader of the Intro-programme for 1st year bachelor students at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague since 2002. He is also a coordinator for the joint master programme 'For New Audiences and Innovative Practice'. Renee held seats on various boards and was part of the advisory committee for a.o. the 'Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst', 'Stimuleringsfonds voor Culturele Omroepproducties' and the IRCAM in Paris. From 2003 to 2006 he was honorary member for Music and Music theatre of the Board of Culture. (photo: Marco Borggreve) reneejonker@gavignies.com 

Philip Curtis

Philip Curtis graduated in Music from the University of York and has worked in theatre as opera singer, actor, director and writer. His work includes all forms of music theatre from opera and musical to contemporary music theatre. He has worked with conductors such as Steuart Bedford, Sir Charles Groves, Graeme Jenkins, Diego Masson and Sir Roger Norrington; also with such directors as Neil Bartlett, Robert Carsen, Graham Devlin, Declan Donellan, Colin Graham and Sir Jonathan Miller. He has specialized in contemporary music theatre, working with such composers as Luciano Berio, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Bernard Rands and Stephen Sondheim (at the Royal National Theatre in London). He is co-founder and artistic director of MuzThinc (Music Theatre Incorporated, formerly Music Theatre Group Amsterdam) and is Artistic Director of the CityProms Festival in Leeuwarden (Friesland). He is an internationally recognized teacher of theatre for musicians at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague and the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, where he has helped develop the Performance and Communication module and established the Musician as Actor module for the NAIP master's programme. a.p.curtis@pl.hanze.nl

Sean Gregory 

Sean Gregory works as a composer, performer and creative producer throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. He leads collaborative arts projects for all ages and abilities in association with many British and international orchestras, opera companies, theatres, galleries and arts/education organisations. Sean Gregory is Head of Professional Development at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and Artistic Director of Guildhall CONNECT. These innovative programmes embrace a number of partnerships exploring ideas and approaches which aim to develop new modes of good practice in the field of creative and participatory music-making, as well as inter-disciplinary and transcultural arts practice.sean.gregory@gsmd.ac.uk

Ninja Kors 

Ninja Kors became involved in educational projects and policy immediately after her graduation as ethnomusicologist at the University of Amsterdam in 1999. For five years she worked on a number of projects in the field of cultural diversity in arts education. From 2001 to 2003 Ninja Kors was involved in a research project at the Rotterdam Conservatoire, Sound Links, which focussed on the integration of cultural diversity in Higher Education. In 2004 she worked as a researcher in the project EFMET (European Forum of Music Education Training) for the Association Européenne des Conservatoires. Alongside her freelancework as a researcher she currently works for the World Music & Dance Centre in Rotterdam, an innovative centre for education, research and performance. 

Anthony Zielhorst 
Anthony Zielhorst completed his studies at the Brabants Conservatoire in Tilburg, concentrating on different fields: he graduated in Music Education in Primary and Secondary Schools, later he studied Organ as a main subject and finally he completed Choir Conducting. In the University of Utrecht he graduated in Musicology. Anthony Zielhorst is Head of the Young Talent Department of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. His research focusses on musical learning processes, especially of young talented people. He is a member of the editorial board of the Gregoriusblad on liturgy and music. He chairs the Foundation Amici Cantus Gregoriani, stimulating the study and performance of Gregorian Chant. Next to this Anthony Zielhorst is choir conductor, working in a wide range of repertoire: Gregorian Chant, polyphony from the sixteenth century, Dutch and Flemish music from the twentieth century and choral music theatre. a.zielhorst@admin.koncon.nl

Horst Rickels

Horst Rickels is a composer and audio-artist. Trained as a pianist and saxophonist he took part in different improvising and instant composing ensembles, such as 'The Four Winds', 'Der Junge Hund ' and 'The Maciunas Ensemble'. Horst Rickels studied Electronic Music Composition with Dick Raaymakers at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague and Theory of Music with Jan van Dijk at the Brabant Conservatoire, Tilburg. Since the late 70's he has been working on developing and playing new instruments with wide-ranging sound and visual qualities. The architectonic and acoustic characteristics of performance spaces are the starting point for various projects concerning the realisation of sound installations. Horst Rickels is a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (Interfaculty ArtScience). During the 2006-2007 season he was Artist in Residence at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam. hrickels@iae.nl

Peter Röbke 

Peter Röbke studied Music Education (main subject violin), musicology, education science and germanistics in Essen and Bochum (Germany). He started teaching at the Viennese University of Music and Performing Arts in 1989. Since 1994 he is ordinary professor for general instrumental und vocal pedagogy. Peter Röbke is permanent author of „Üben und Musizieren". He is also involved in projects and teaching in the framework of ERASMUS (f.i. Lisbon, London and Berlin) and a lot of activities in the continuing education field for music schools in Europe. roebke@mdw.ac.at

Marc van Roon

Pianist Marc van Roon is an improvising musician who combines music performance with his work as a creative coach for groups in change and learning processes. Marc worked together with Dave Liebman, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Charlie Mariano, Billy Hart and bassist Santi Di Briano, singer Fay Claassen, Tony Lakatos, cellist Ernst Reijseger, Dutch Guitarist Jesse van Ruller, Michael Moore, The Netherlands Dans Theatre and his own European Jazz Trio. Marc co-leads the successful European Jazz Trio - a trio that crosses the boundaries between jazz, classical and pop music with surprising results. Three CD's were awarded the swing Journal Gold Disc award. Marc recorded many CD's as a leader for his own independent label Apple on the Moon. He founded the organization 'Art in Rhythm' together with percussionist Joshua Samson in 1996. 'Art in Rhythm' is now a multinational training organization designing and running creative learning and performance programmes through the utilization of the art of music and improvisation for groups and organizations in organizational change and development processes. His work with Art in Rhythm has brought him to many companies and organizations world-wide. Marc has been a piano-jazz teacher at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, the Netherlands since 2001, and also works as a mentor and teacher in the Joint Music Master for New Audiences and Innovative Practice.m.a.van.roon@pl.hanze.nl

Christine Stöger

Christine Stöger studied Music Education recorder and piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Her PhD was about the development of art subjects in schools during the "Reformpädagogik" in Austria. From 1985 prof. Stöger worked as assistant professor at the same university. Her work focussed mainly on music teacher training (for general music education) and the development of innovative models for music teaching, including creative activities and 'building bridges' between study and the profession of music teachers and lifelong learning in general. She also did research on creativity in music education (research semester in the USA in 2000). Christine Stöger has been a professor for music education and head of the department Music Teacher at the University for Music in Cologne since 2003. 
stoeger@mhs-koeln.de

Lucy Payne

Lucy Payne is a professional cellist. Having trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and the Eastman School of Music, USA, she moved to London in 2005. Lucy Payne currently freelances, playing with chamber orchestras such as Britten Sinfonia and Northern Sinfonia. Lucy Payne's love of improvising has also lead her to perform and record with various singer-songwriters as well as folk artists such as Kate Rusby, Donald Grant and Catriona Mckay.
Alongside her love of performing, Lucy Payne has always been passionate about the therapeutic benefits of music. She has always desired to find ways of taking music off the concert platform and into other places, where it can benefit a wider audience. Lucy has worked at the Royal School for the Deaf and Communication Disorders, Manchester and for education projects run by the Wigmore Hall, Halle and Britten Sinfonia. Lucy is also a Lead Artist for Jessie's Fund 'Soundtracks' Programme, which takes musicians into Special Needs schools. Since 2007, Lucy has worked with Music For Life, a project pioneering and developing interactive music workshops for people living with dementia. 

Patrizia Meier
Patrizia Meier left her native Switzerland to complete her studies at Trinity College of Music with Sioned Williams. She achieved distinction in her post graduate diploma and was awarded a Fellowship of Trinity College of Music. Since winning the Park Lane Recital Award in 1995 Patrizia has embarked on a diverse freelance career. She has played with many of the major London Orchestras, in Chamber Recitals and as a soloist both in the UK and abroad. She has performed in all the major concert venues and broadcast on BBC Radio. Over the past 14 years Patrizia has been part of Music For Life's core team, working in a unique way with people with dementia.

Kate Page 

A graduate of the University of Western Australia, Kate Page (née Newell) gained a BMus (oboe, first class) in 2004, and was the recipient of the Edith Cowan Prize for 'Most Outstanding Music Graduate 2003'. In 2002, Kate was awarded the Flame Opal Fellowship, enabling her to relocate to the UK to continue her musical studies with oboist Nicholas Daniel. Kate is passionate about creating inclusive opportunities for individuals to engage creatively with group music making. She is currently the Project Manager of Music for Life, a Wigmore Hall Learning programme, and has worked previously in the management teams of Orchestras Live and Britten Sinfonia. She has been engaged as a creative practitioner in a variety of community contexts since 2007. Kate has recently completed the MMus in Leadership course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is the Wigmore Hall Trainee Animateur for 2009/10. kpage@wigmore-hall.org.uk 

Charlotte de Wolff

Charlotte de Wolff studied cognitive psychology at the University of Groningen. For seven years she worked as a policy researcher and advisor in the field of labour market and education issues at 'Onderzoek voor Beleid and Regioplan'. At the ministry of Social Affairs she was a secretary of an interdepartmental Think Tank on Lifelong Learning. Subsequently, she worked at the Dutch Institute for Labour Studies (OSA) in Tilburg on the development and implementation of a research programme concerning education and lifelong learning. She also worked as a consultant for local governments. She has been working as a teacher at the Institute of Applied Psychology at the Hanze University Groningen and as a senior researcher at the Lectorate of Rehabilitation since 2006. c.j.de.wolff@pl.hanze.nl

Helena Gaunt 
Helena Gaunt is the Deputy Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. As a professional oboist, she has been a member of the Britten Sinfonia, and has played regularly with, for example, the orchestra of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Garsington Opera, and the Composers' Ensemble. Helena's interest in education and lifelong learning took root when she set up the education department for the London Symphony Orchestra in 1989-90. Since then she has run workshops for several London orchestras, has been involved as the oboe tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. More recently Helena completed a PhD at the Institute of Education: "Student and teacher perceptions of one-to-one instrumental and vocal tuition in a conservatoire." Publications include research articles for Psychology of Music and the British Journal of Music Education, and a forthcoming chapter "Individuality in the learning of musical skills" for Oxford University Press. Following her PhD, she has been active in promoting professional development opportunities for teachers in conservatoires, and directed the Reflective Conservatoire Conference: Apprentices and Sorcerers? at the Guildhall School in February 2006. She is currently developing a joint Masters degree in educating professional musicians with the Institute of Education, London University, and chairing an international group of conservatoires collaborating on enhancing one-to-one instrumental/vocal teaching at an international level. This is also a working group of the Association of European Conservatoires.

Ramon Ricker
 
Ramon Ricker is Senior Associate Dean for Professional Studies, Director of the Institute for Music Leadership and Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, USA. Dr. Ricker has been instrumental in shaping Eastman's innovative Arts Leadership curriculum. In 1973 he won a position in the RPO as a member of the clarinet section, and continues to play in the orchestra today. Since 1996 he has also served on its Board of Directors. Ramon Ricker frequently performs as a guest saxophone and clarinet soloist and clinician in high schools and colleges throughout Europe and North America, and his books on jazz improvisation and saxophone technique are widely used.rricker@esm.rochester.edu

Wieke Karsten 
Flutist Wieke Karsten studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, and in England with the renown flute pedagogue Trevor Wye. She completed her masters studies in 1996. While she was studying, she became interested in teaching, pedagogy and didactics. She was appointed as flute teacher at the conservatoires of both The Hague and Groningen. At both institutes she also works as a mentor. From her search for filling the gaps in teaching to music students, she developed a special method of teaching, which deals with efficiency, concentration, the relation between practising and performing under stress, and studying interpretation and expression. She gives workshops and is currently finishing the writing of a book about this subject. Wieke Karsten has a column about teaching in the magazine 'Fluit' (Flute) and she also gives regular workshops to music teachers, music students and amateurs. w.r.karsten@pl.hanze.nl

Jessica de Boer, student member
Jessica de Boer was born in Amsterdam in 1980. She studied politics at the Vrije University of Amsterdam and Public Policy and Public Administration at the University of Twente. In 2004 she took Photography and Design at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague; Art History and Film at Leiden University and Image&Sound/ArtScience at the Royal Conservatoire and Royal Art Academy in The Hague in 2005. jessica.deboer@interfaculty.nl

Joris Teepe 
Joris Teepe arrived in New York in 1992 with just his bass and a suitcase. It wasn't long before he met a number of musicians and started working. A year later he recorded his first CD, co-led by Don Braden and featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Carl Allen and Tom Harrell. From that point onwards everything really took off for Joris; he became a bassist in great demand and worked with the "who is who in Jazz", from Benny Golson to Randy Brecker to Rashied Ali. Joris now has recorded 8 albums as a leader. He also established himself as a composer, record producer (many different labels and artists), educator (director of Jazz Studies at the Hanze University) and bandleader. 
Joris Teepe earned a Bachelor of Arts in Electric Bass in 1989 and a Master's Degree in Double Bass from the Amsterdam School of the Arts in 1991. Since 1993 he has also active in instructing, conducting and performing clinics at institutions worldwide, including the Dutch Conservatoires in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Zwolle and Groningen. Other institutions include the Wurzburg Hochschule (Germany), The School for the Arts in Porto Alegre (Brazil) and Williams College (MA, U.S.A.). joristeepe@aol.com

Daniel Salbert
Daniel Salbert began his studies as music teacher at the 'Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover (Germany) and concluded these at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (1999). Starting in 1997 he also studied Choir Conducting at the Royal Conservatoire, where he graduated cum laude in 2001; and Theory of Music, which he has been studying since 2000. Daniel has been a conductor for various orchestras. Since March 2006 he has been conductor of the Concert choir, Rijswijk and he conducts the Chamber Choir Haags Ad Hoc regularly as well. Daniel further works as teacher of Music Theory for the department Young KC of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen. Next to his work as a conductor Daniel develops educational material for institutions and ensembles in the Netherlands. The CD-Rom 'Oog in oog met de Mattäus Passion', developed for the Dutch Bach Association, received the Euro Media Award in 2005. d.salbert@hccnet.nl 

Jan Ype Nota 
Jan Ype Nota studied cello at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Jean Decroos and here he graduated as a performing musician. He continued his studies in London. Jan Ype Nota was a regular guest at summer festivals, such as the festivals in Luzern and in Aix-en-Provence and he gives master classes both in The Netherlands and abroad. Many of his students have won awards at various international music contests. Jan Ype Nota is associate principal cellist of the North Netherlands Orchestra and is also the artistic leader and conductor of the Haydn Youth String Orchestra. He is active as a chamber musician and performed as a soloist with many orchestras, among them an orchestra conducted by Frans Brüggen. In chamber music he is an active member of various groups; he is a cellist in the Van Bree Kwartet. Jan Ype Nota is also principal study teacher at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen. 
j.y.nota@pl.hanze.nl 

In memoriam Max van der Kamp

Professor Max van der Kamp passed away in July 2007. The Research Group Lifelong Learning in Music is very grateful for his important contributions as a researcher and to the Advisory Committee. We got to know him as an inspirational, amiable and exceptionally knowledgeable colleague. Max van der Kamp was professor of Adult Education at the University of Groningen. He studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam and wrote a dissertation on arts education in secundary schools. He wrote numerous publications on arts education, adult education and research methodology. Max van der Kamp was scientific supervisor of the Dutch contribution to the International Adult Literacy Survey and participated in several European research studies. Since 1992 he was supervisor of educational projects in Mozambique and South Africa. He represented The Netherlands in the expert working group of the EU-programme Grundtvig and was a member of the Dutch UNESCO Commission.​

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