How will we be studying jazz during and after corona?

So you want to study the saxophone? Sing jazz? Maybe you were already heading towards the end of your studies, even. How has this home schooling thing worked out for you? For both students and schools it must have meant improvisation on a whole different level than the one usually studied. And it doesn’t look like things will get back to normal with the start of the next year of studies. This is why inJazz invited the representatives of the conservatoires of Rotterdam, Groningen and Amsterdam, popular institutions with Dutch ánd international students, to talk about the impact of the covid-19 crisis on their approach of the curriculum in 2020/2021. 

Linda Bloemhard (Head of Jazz Department, Codarts, NL)
Jan-Gerd Krüger (Head of Jazz Department, Prins Claus Conservatoire, NL)
Edo Righini (Head of Jazz and Pop Music department, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, NL)

Marieke Meischke (lyricist, artist coach, teacher at ArtEZ, NL)

Linda Bloemhard
Experienced Head of department, and teamleader with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education and music industry. Skilled in Jazz & Pop education and performance. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Music focused on music, music education, coaching, talent development @ Codarts, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Rotterdam.

Jan-Gerd Krüger studied Classical and Jazz Saxophone at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, furthermore he holds degrees in Cultural and Media management and a MBA in Education Management. Since 2002 he is working at the Prince Claus Conservatoire, currently as International Relations Officer and since 2019 as Head of the Jazz Department.

Edo Righini
Associate Director, Head of Jazz and Pop Music department at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA), and CEO of CvA Online. As a guitarist Edo played and recorded with many famous artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mike Mainieri, Bob Malach, Rick Margitza, Kim Thompson, Dominique di Piazza, Linley Marthe, Terri Lyne Carrington, Mitchel Forman and Zucchero. He toured all over Europe, performing at the most prestigious festivals. At the same time he worked as an arranger, guitarist and musical director with several Dutch theatre artists, including Wende Snijders and Acda en de Munnik. From 2003 to 2015 Edo Righini taught at various professional music academies, such as the Maastricht Academy of Music, the Fontys School of the Arts, the Siena Jazz University and the Amsterdam Academy of Music, where he was also appointed head of Online Learning. Edo also works as a board member of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and the Jan Pietersz Huis Foundation, a foundation that offers 350 affordable, soundproof rooms and apartments to music students in Amsterdam.

Since many years Marieke Meischke has been walking the field of music; as a booking agent, tour manager, festival producer/manager, lyricist and teacher. Founder of eclectic music festival FlatFest, project manager of festival So What’s Next? and coaching young musicians in finding and expressing the core of their story.

The online inJazz conference is English spoken.

This session takes place online via the platform NetworkTables. Please note that seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Save your seat now.

Photo: Next Generation inJazz showcase 2019, by Melanie van Zweeden