Recorder study programme at the Amsterdam Conservatory is planned in blocks ('BlokfluitBLOK'),
concentrating all lessons in one week each month,
during which attention is paid to all aspects of
Next to the individual and chamber music lessons, a rich amount of activities
take place, such as:
Arranging for recorder ensemble
Vrije Ruimte (lectures by special guests)
Free space electives
lessons take place every BLOK, each one of them will
be devoted to specific technical problems encountered
in recorder-playing. Repertory knowledge, stage presentation
and organizational skills are also discussed in these
neglecting the training of individual players (possibly
as soloists), the programme devotes a great deal
of attention specifically to ensemble in the broadest
sense of the word. The contemporary repertoire
in all its diversity ('classical contemporary',
particular jazz styles, improvisations, electronics,
etc.) and the historical literature (Baroque chamber
music, English and German consort repertoire, etc.)
will be performed monthly by widely divergent groups
and combinations of instruments, the results of
which will be featured regularly in public concerts.
The BLOK has a unique collection of Renaissance instruments, most of
them made by the Dutch recorder maker Adriana
members of the recorder ensemble The
Royal Wind Music, conducted by Paul Leenhouts,
studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
In the methodology classes, pedagogical aspects will be examined in greater
detail using theoretical and analytical approaches.
development of the instrument will be studied by means
of treatises, the historical recorder literature, instrument
construction and iconography material. Throughout the
entire academic year at least once a month, students
who, in their second year of study, have specialised
in the field of methodology and historical development
in a particular area will give public lessons and lectures.
This specialization will eventually be concluded with
a paper/teaching method in conjunction with the conclusion
of the practically oriented part of the course.
for recorder ensemble
musical literature, varying from e.g. a medieval frottola,
an English consort song and a fugue by Bach to a composition
by Kodály, Berio, Reich or Thelonious Monk,
offers the performing recorder player innumerable possibilities
of extending the repertoire in a meaningful way. Additionally,
attention will be given to the arranging of literature
suited for use in current music education, as well as sequencers and music notation software
programs (Score, Finale or Sibelius).
Students will demonstrate what they have learnt in the Performance Practicum
and Arranging courses in a group performance, which will be evaluated.
lessons are designed to provide the student with
the necessary technical skills and aesthetics understanding
for live performances that involve music and electronic
It provides the opportunity and the encouragement to learn about the
combination between acoustic instruments and a network of electronic
processing devices (live electronics).
focus is devoted to the notion of how to make
use of (live) electronics, and to encourage the
student to find his/her own path of creativity,
informed by a thorough knowledge and understanding
of the creative possibilities of sound.
The BLOK has a complete set of electronics for the recorder students:
computer, speakers, microphones, mixing board, effects, MIDI equipment,
audio interfaces, cables, etc.
Check out the GEAR REQUIREMENTS
The Recorder department
organizes about 20 student concerts at the Conservatory
every school year.
Two student concerts take place on the Thursdays of every BLOK. Lunch
concerts (performed by 1st and 2nd year students) are scheduled at 12:30
hrs, while evening concerts (3rd, 4th year and master students) start
at 19:30 hrs.
Every June we celebrate the end of the school year with a Final Concert
at the Amstelkerk in Amsterdam, presenting the high-lights of the season.
major project with a guest-teacher or institution,
which is in general about extra-ordinary subjects (i.e.
film, theatre, dance).
the 10 ‘BLOKs’ will focus on a specific
aspect/theme, meaning that most of the material used
in such a ‘BLOK’ will deal with this theme
(i.e. Medieval Music, Contemporary Chamber Music, Baroque
Concerti, Tuning systems, etc).
Vrije Ruimte (lectures by special guests)
Alecture, presentation, or showcase given by special guests (for example composers, performers, dancerts, actors, instrument makers, musicologists, etc)
In principle, recorder
players take harpsichord as a subsidiary subject.
The student may request, if possible, to substitute harpsichord with piano or organ. For recorder,
see also the information on the projects of
space electives (third and fourth year Bachelor's
- 'Live Electronics':
teacher, Jos Zwaanenburg
- Contemporary Music Through Non Western Techniques: teacher, Rafaël Reina
- Music Theatre and Stage Performance: teacher, Jorge Isaac (Master students only)
- Historical Performance: baroque instrument as a subsidiary subject (baroque
and classical flute, gamba, etc.)
See also the general information on 'free
space' electives in the electives programme of the Amsterdam School of
the Arts (AHK). Additionally, students must choose from the AHK selection (theatre,
Film, Art History and Musicology).
In co-operation with the Early Music Department a special study as ‘Baroque
Wind Player’ is developed, in which the student can concentrate on at
least two baroque wind instruments (recorder & traverso, recorder & baroque
oboe, baroque bassoon, any combination).