Brass

The Academy of Music and Performing Arts offers four brass majors: horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium and tuba.
  • Horn

    Professors

    Fréderick Franssen
    Hans van der Zanden

    Jan van den Eijnden (coordinator vooropleiding)

  • Trumpet

    Professor

    Jacq Sanders

    About this main subject

    Studying trumpet at the AMPA is a challenge with many possibilities. Working on a career as a soloist, teacher, orchestral musician or a chamber music player is possible at your own descretion. It is also possible to choose specifically for cornet or flügelhorn as main instrument. These typical instruments are in danger of extinction so definitely worth studying!

    You will be trained to become a professional on your instrument with the highest possible musical and technical capabilities. The repertoire is very extensive and versatile thanks to the knowledge of the main subject teacher. His methodical knowledge is immense because of his years of work with all ages.

    Playing together with other musicians is an integral part of your studies. You will be part of the brass department, but we would also challenge you to think outside the box. Which surprising ensemble combinations can you think of? Perhaps a combination with woodwinds? Percussion? String players? Or would you like to perform alongside other artistic mediums like dance, theatre, or fine arts? It’s all possible and we can offer you the chance to create and develop your own ideas. This will help you to become an independent musician.

    In the Bachelor course you will have weekly lessons with your main teacher, a weekly ensemble coaching lesson, and a rehearsal with a pianist to work on solo repertoire. Of course, this is combined with interesting courses on music theory, cultural history, entrepreneurship and much more.

    In the Master’s course is the opportunity to shape your own educational plan. In addition to the important resaerch, it is also possible to broaden your insight into the instrument elsewhere, for example by specializing on natural trumpet.

    Welcome to this wonderful institute.

  • Trombone

    Professors

    Mark Boonstra

    Are you interested in studying (Bass)Trombone? AMPA offers a specific course to become a professional trombone-player. Our AMPA Program is based on 6 Key-skills: Ensemble, Self-management, International connectedness, Practice-based research, Entrepreneurship, Interdisciplinarity. All the skills that are required nowadays.

    Are you dreaming of a career as a soloist? An orchestral musician? An ensemble specialist? An inspiring teacher? Anything is possible!

    You will be trained to become a professional on your instrument with the highest possible musical and technical capabilities. The trombone is the instrument with the widest view and colors to be integrated in baroque, classical, modern, jazz, or popmusic. So there will be much attention towards the diverse stylistic possibilities. This includes studying the most usual repertoire for the instrument, but also more uncommon music to make you an all-round musician. You will be ready to approach every style or situation needed as a professional musician in this interesting and challenging 21st century.

    Playing together with other musicians is an integral part of your studies. You will be part of the brass department, but we would also challenge you to think outside the box. Which surprising ensemble combinations can you think of? Perhaps a combination with woodwinds? Percussion? String players? Or would you like to perform alongside other artistic mediums like dance, theatre, or fine arts? It’s all possible and we can offer you the chance to create and develop your own ideas. This will help you to become an independent musician.

    In the Bachelor Course you will have weekly lessons with the trombone teacherMarkBoonstraor Alex van Abeelen, a weekly ensemble/band lesson with a coach, and a rehearsal with a pianist to work with. Of course, this is combined with interesting courses on music theory, cultural history, entrepreneurship and much more.

    In the Master’s Course, AMPA gives you the opportunity to shape your own educational plan. Do you want to focus on any specific subjects? Or would you like to specialize in teaching, solo playing or ensemble performance? It’s up to you!

    Are you the one who except this challenge? We hope to welcome you into our Brass-department.

  • Euphonium

    Professor

    Robbert Vos

    About this main subject

    Are you interested in studying Euphonium? AMPA offers a specific course for this beautiful instrument! After all, there’s a reason why it is deemed the cello of brass instruments. Although the instrument is relatively new and often even unknown, there is a world of opportunities. Are you dreaming of a career as a soloist? An orchestral musician? An ensemble specialist? A teacher? Anything is possible!

    You will be trained to become a professional on your instrument with the highest possible musical and technical capabilities. The euphonium is an extremely versatile instrument, so there will be much attention towards the diverse stylistic possibilities. This includes studying the most famous and canonical repertoire for the instrument, but also more uncommon music to make you a well-rounded musician, who can adapt style, sound, articulation and musical approach to what is necessary or required in daily practice.

    Playing together with other musicians is an integral part of your studies. You will be part of the brass department, but we would also challenge you to think outside the box. Which surprising ensemble combinations can you think of? Perhaps a combination with woodwinds? Percussion? String players? Or would you like to perform alongside other artistic mediums like dance, theatre, or fine arts? It’s all possible and we can offer you the chance to create and develop your own ideas. This will help you to become an independent musician.

    In the Bachelor Course you will have weekly lessons with your euphonium teacher (Robbert Vos), a weekly ensemble coaching lesson, and a rehearsal with a pianist to work on repertoire. Of course, this is combined with interesting courses on music theory, cultural history, entrepreneurship and much more.

    In the Master’s Course, AMPA gives you the opportunity to shape your own educational plan. Do you want to focus on any specific subjects? Or would you like to specialise in teaching, solo playing or ensemble performance? It’s up to you!

    We hope to welcome you to our brand new euphonium class!

    Spanish translation About the course (PDF)

  • Tuba

    Professor

    Luc Geraats

    About this main subject


    Tuba? Ofcourse!
    AMPA offers a modern and specialistic tuba course to make you not only an outstanding musician, but also an entrepreneur. Nowadays playing in orchestras and ensembles is one of the many practical ways to give your instrument a voice. In addition we will explore the vast opportunities in solo playing, ensemble making and finding your own podium. We will focus on mastering the fine instrument, but also finding your voice in connecting with other instruments and makers. Finding new ways of developing yourself as a person and a musician and being adaptable to the modern world of music, both off- and online.

    In the Bachelor Course you will have weekly lessons with your tuba teacher (Luc Geraats), ensemble coaching lessons, group lessons and rehearsals with a pianist to work on repertoire. Of course, this is combined with interesting courses on music theory, cultural history, entrepreneurship and much more.

    In the Master’s Course, AMPA gives you the opportunity to shape your own educational plan. Do you want to focus on any specific subjects? Or would you like to specialise in teaching, solo playing or ensemble performance? It’s up to you!

    In the end its all about music and bringing your voice out in the open. We would love to help you achieve your goals!

    During this course the six key skills of AMPA will be leading, being:

    • instrument & ensemble playing
    • self-management
    • interdisciplinarity
    • practice-oriented research
    • collective entrepreneurship
    • international connectedness