Hans van Oosterhout

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Vision on teaching

I believe that students should come to AMPA because AMPA offers a program which will help you develop both your skills as a musician and your artistic capacities. We have well-trained teachers who also perform much, in various genres.

I willI teach my students to make music in every situation. Subjects of my lessons: grooves, rhythms, improvisation, reading scores, solos, odd meters, and much more. All of this in various styles, jazz being the most important style.

My lessons are dynamic and laidback, but I avoid comfort zones. I will review your strong suits as well as your weaknesses with you. This will allow us to create a programme that suits your capacities and interests.


Hans van Oosterhout is the main teacher drums at Fontys Jazz. All styles and disciplines will be taught in his lessons. His specialisation is jazz music therefore his focus of teaching is rooted in the jazz. Important in his lessons is development of craft together with a high artistic level. After graduating from high school, he is immediately admitted to the Jazz Department of the Rotterdam Conservatory. Even before finishing his studies, he is offered a position as a drum teacher at the Rotterdam Conservatory, a position today he still holds since 1987. As a teacher he had students like Neil van der Drift, Jasper van Hulten, Mark Schilders, Arthur Lijten, Koen Lieckens, Tom Nieuwenhuijse and many more. Over the years Hans has established himself as one of the most sought after drummers of Europe. His music is heard on more than 100 CD’s. He has been performing with Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Oscar Castro-Neves, Nat Adderley, Ivan Paduart, Lee Konitz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Burton, Benny Golson, Marc Johnson, Nelson Veras, Harmen Fraanje, Benny Golson, Jesse van Ruller, Peter Tiehuis, Deborah Brown, Eliane Elias, Dee Daniels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Metropole Orchestra, Kenny Werner, Pete King, Peter Hertmans, Richard Galliano, Chico Freeman, Harold Land, Von Freeman, Lionel Loueke, Johnny Griffin, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Gino Vannelli, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Sylvain Luc and many others. Both critics and fellow musicians appreciate Hans for his great flexibility and ability to adapt himself in almost any musical situation.

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