Percussion

The exciting musical developments of the last decades are reflected in the principal-study programme for percussionists. Especially where 'mallets' are concerned, melodic instruments, a whole new and unique generation of percussionists is now presenting itself. Marimba and vibraphone players can justly be called specialists. Non-western percussion instruments have permeated classical music on a large scale.

These developments have inspired many contemporary composers to write music for percussion that is more technically demanding and versatile than ever before.  The study programme is designed to allow students to study intensively with all principal-study teachers. The teachers of this section are active in many fields: the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Ives Ensemble and as soloists. In addition, specialists regularly act as guest teachers.

Head of Percussion: Richard Jansen

Admission requirements

Candidates are required to audition on the following instruments
1. Timpani
2. Snare drum
3. Mallets: marimba, xylophone, vibraphone

1. Timpani
* some etudes from, for instance: H. Knauer - Paukenschule no. 18 or 34; R. Hochrainer - Etuden für Timpani no. 15, 20 or 34
* sight-reading
* rolls and technical exercises

2. Snare drum
* some etudes, for example M. Peters - Intermediate Snare Drum Studies; A. Cirone - Portraits in Rhythm; C. Wilcoxon - All American Drummer; '26' Rudiments
* sight-reading
* technical exercises from M. Peters - Developing Dexterity for Snare Drum; G.L. Stone - Stick Control

3. Mallets: marimba/xylophone or vibraphone
marimba/xylophone:
* at least two etudes and/or pieces of contrasting moods, from, for example: E. Hatch, M. Peters, G.H. Green and C.O. Musser, B. Quartier, R, Wiener, B. Molenhof, D. Friedman and Keiko Abe
* sight-reading, for instance from Develop Sight Reading p. 2-6
* all major and minor scales
* major, minor, augmented, diminished triads and dominant seventh chords
* arpeggio's: triads and seventh chords
* several technical exercises in various keys
* solfège on the instrument (replay a melody by ear)

After the two-year course, students will be ready to enter the professional music world at the highest level.

Admission requirements

CvA Students
Upon taking the final examination for the bachelor's degree programme, CvA candidates must have received the distinction 'eligible for acceptance to the master's degree programme'.

External candidates
1. The candidate will perform a programme which may not exceed 30 minutes. He/she is required to play at least one piece from memory.
2. The candidate must submit a list of repertoire with a proposed programme for the entrance examination to the CvA study secretariat before 1 March. The examination must comprise at least:
* 1 set-up piece and/or
* 1 piece for marimba
* 1 collaborative piece (optional)
* etude and/or orchestral repertoire for side drum and timpani, and melodic percussion instruments
The admissions committee will evaluate the proposed programme and make any necessary changes. Requirements may be obtained from the representative of the section.

Richard Jansen head of percussion, section representative, mallets, drums, methodology
Mark Braafhart orchestra percussion
Bence Major orchestra percussion
Vincent Houdijk vibraphone
Ramon Lormans marimba, vibrapgone, ensembles, methodology
Rachel Zhang marimba, chamber music
Peter Prommel vibraphone, marimba, repertoire
Nick Woud timpani
Arnold Marinissen ensembles
Marijn Korff de Gidts African percussion & methodology
Dominique Vleeshouwers assistant mallets
Nancy Zeltsman guest teacher

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