Parents and children feel welcome at our school, because of our personal approach. Our school is well-known for its relaxed ambiance as well as its high level of professionalism. Our dedicated team of top-notch teachers guarantee music education of the highest level.
Rob discovered during his many years of playing and teaching that music has a profound impact on people of all ages. In 1997 he decided to found his own school, based on a view that was new in the Leiden area. He found a suitable venue at Draadbaan 29, Leiderdorp and gathered a team of teachers who share his fundamental philosophy:
Music education should be available to everyone and the school should be the centre of musical encounters.
At this moment he plays live shows across the country. In these shows the band only plays requests - a huge challenge for the musicians. Alex is a born teacher, with great enthusiasm, endless patience and highly valued didactic skills.
Alex: 'Drop by for a trial lesson to see if guitar is an instrument for you or to see how we can bring your playing skills to a higher leven'.
From 25 years of teaching experience as a group teacher, with very different target groups, she has built up a reputation of working in a child-oriented way, creating a good and safe educational climate. Nancy's lessons are well structured and methodically based, working on personal learning goals. In every lesson you learn something new and constructive.
"Fun in music is paramount, and finding a challenge in this enhances this feeling. It allows for development of everything you have in you. Something beautiful to cherish and enjoy for a lifetime!"
He is now a forever growing musician, as passionate about music as from the day he started, and an intelligent, empathic and imaginative teacher who has a wide range of teaching strategies at the tip of his fingers
Sem is versatile and listens and plays multiple genres. He is busy with bands such as La Nique, Levi Boon and Susann.
Sem van Gennip teaches on Wednesday afternoons and evenings in Leiderdorp.
Besides her successful violin career, singing has always been her other great passion. After graduating with highest honors, she established a fantastic international career as an opera singer and concert soloist running from Milano La Scala and the Staatsoper Berlin to the Salzburg Festival.
After so many years "on the road," Virpi needs more time with her family and has a strong desire to pass on her knowledge.
What follows are music lessons from the age of nine and the Conservatory in Amsterdam. Already at the age of 14 he plays in several bands.
He is currently active as a keyboardist in the band Kingfisher Sky and in recent years has provided keyboard and orchestral arrangements on several albums, including HDK's Serenades of the Netherworld and Stream of Passion's A War of our Own, and has been featured live as a keyboardist with Ayreon's The Theater Equation and as a pianist with singer Marcela Bovio, among others.
Erik has a clear vision about teaching:
I like to see the piano as a broad instrument. During the lessons, other keyboard instruments are certainly also discussed. I like to cover the different facets within technique, sound and creativity.
I would like the student, in addition to the necessary playing technique and theory, to be able to work practically and creatively as a keyboard player. Taking into account the wishes and level of the student, I want to find a fun way to achieve this together.
She then continued her studies with Natalia Morozova at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts), where she completed her Bachelor studies in 2006. In 2009, after further studies, she obtained her Masters Degree.
Francisca began teaching violin during her studies. Since then she has gained enormous experience in teaching at several well known music schools in the region.
Francisca was laureate of several competitions, including the Goois Jeugd Muziek Concours, an international violin competition in Constanza (Romania) where she won third prize and the Prinses Christina Concours. In 2011, after graduation, she won a first prize at an international music festival in Marianske Lazne (Czech Republic).
Since 2016, she has formed a duo with Ukrainian violinist Juliya Belyanevich, the Inguz duo. They regularly give concerts throughout the Netherlands.
From the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw to small ensembles with subdued trumpet parts. René is an all-rounder. With his specialization on trumpet and trombone, he is a great asset to The Music Collective.
Young or mature, Manon makes everyone feel at home with her. With her relaxed way of teaching she ensures that her students can fully focus on the violin lessons. Manon teaches on Wednesday afternoons and evenings at our second lesson location in the Regenboogkerk in the Merenwijk district in Leiden.
At the age of 8 he was allowed to take keyboard lessons. After high school he went on to study Artistic Music at the Art & Entertainment College (what is currently called PACT). After 3 years his hunger for more knowledge had only increased and he chose to study at the Conservatory in Haarlem. He currently performs a lot with singers and is busy producing beats. Jermaine has played in/with, among others: TINA - the Tina Turner Musical, The Little Mermaid, Berget Lewis, Shirma Rouse, the Zo Gospel Choir, Ellen ten Damme, Eric Vloeimans, MJ History
In 2008 she received her teaching diploma here. Since then she has been teaching clarinet and saxophone at various music associations. Before Het MuziekCollectief Jerina spent several years teaching music in elementary school in Leiderdorp. Her broad interests and experience make her a fine and relaxed clarinet teacher.
Vivian has a special philosophy: In addition to the "traditional" way of giving concerts, I am also very concerned with other ways in which performances are possible. I do this with The District Musicians, Duo Juna and the Ricciotti ensemble, among others. I find it important to really connect with my listeners and to offer classical music in a way that suits the audience. I prefer to work from the audience's desire towards putting together an appropriate performance, rather than offering a fixed concert format to each different audience.
Trackaddicts: Funk/Rap, (comparable to George Clinton’s Funkadelic and Outkast).
Bald As Love: Jimi Hendrix tribute band
Turbomonster: Rock ‘n Soul.
At the age of seven he started as a drummer in the brass band, there he learned the basics of drumming. At the same time he took drum lessons with a teacher who grew to be his mentor. He taught him the philosophy behind drumming.
They covered different styles of music, drummers and the importance of looking beyond your own instrument. Like for example, what is going on in a song?
Playfully, they discovered all aspects of the most beautiful instrument in the world. In this way you not only learn drumming but also the essence of music and (drum) sounds. A pleasant atmosphere encourages inquisitive and goal-oriented learning. Juen intention is to create an open, fine creative atmosphere where passion for drumming can blossom naturally.
She took classical violin courses at the Ghent Conservatory (with Corrado Bolsi) and the Maastricht Conservatory. In Amsterdam she studied classical violin with Maarten Veeze. She also studied tango music, in Rotterdam and in Buenos Aires, where she worked with the Orquesta Escuela and took arranging classes with Julian Peralta. She graduated cum laude in Belgium.
She coaches the Tejones de Tango in Leiden and teaches classical and tango violin classes. Her composition ‘’Brisa de plumas Blancas’’ is included in the Café Tango cd.
After discovering Weather Report and Red Hot Chili Peppers, something with a little more groove had to come, and he started with bass guitar. But that proved to be not enough: two years later, he was captivated by jazz and turned to double bass. It resulted in a Cum Laude Bachelor at the Rotterdam Conservatory, followed by a Master at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
She grew up in a city with a great opera tradition and listened to Verdi, Puccini and other Italian composers. What followed was the Music Academy in Ljubljana and awards for her playing and performances.
In the Netherlands, Tamara continued her studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory where she was taught by Herre-Jan Stegenga and Marien van Staalen. She was active with Joop van der Ende, played with the Brabant Chamber Orchestra and the Brabant Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the group "O Septeto Plus," she recorded the album Rodinha which was classified by the press as one of the best productions in the World Music category.
In the preliminary training he was taught by Beatrijs Korevaar. He continued his education at the Royal Conservatory with Ad van Zon, solo trumpet player of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2006 he received his Bachelor diploma and in 2008 his Master diploma for classical trumpet. He also obtained his teaching certificate at the KC. After his studies Matthijs played as a freelancer with various orchestras such as the Promenade Orkest, Holland Orchestra Combination, l'Orchestra Particolare, the Orchestra of the East and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He also played in many major musical productions by Mark Vijn and Joop van den Ende, including Anatevka, Ciske de Rat, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables and La Cage aux Folles.
Her first piano lessons started when she was 12 y.o. and developed a great fondness for the music of Chopin. She graduated from the Royal Conservatories in The Hague and Brussels and hold Master of Music diplomas in piano, flute and chamber music.
She graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 2007 in jazz singing; she then studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
After her training in The Hague, Dasha performed regularly with the legendary Rita Reys and Ruud Jacobs, Sheila Jordan, Mike le Donne, Ack van Rooyen, Martijn van Iterson and Joe Cohn.
Over the years, Dasha has built a large teaching practice. She is affiliated as a singing teacher at The Hague Music Academy, The Hague Music School and Zang en Co Studio. For years she taught singing at the Dordt School of Music and was regularly asked to give combo lessons and singing workshops at the Koorenhuis in The Hague.
Dasha enjoys working with Jazz, Blues, Soul, Pop, R&B styles as well as light Classical.
Jeroen on teaching: 'What I find very challenging is to start playing music 'from scratch'. Then your real musical qualities surface. It's like a confrontation with yourself. I have studied a lot of musical styles and actually played those styles live. The latter is very important, because playing live enriches your idiom and you find out magically new things, like hanging in a tempo or just playing forward. In a live situation, everything you have studied comes together and this is the only way to gain confidence and routine.
After graduation, Laura followed studies in Groningen and The Hague with Jan-Ype Nota and Larissa Groeneveld.
Laura's young career is already impressive. She has taught at various music schools in Barcelona such as Escola Municipal de Música de Llinars del Vallès and has already collaborated with the Simfonova and Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia and the Noord Nederlands Orkest.
She sees teaching as part of her profession. She herself says: 'Teaching is customized work and I stimulate everyone to work with music at their own pace and within their own ability and aptitude to enjoy music. I find it fantastic to see and hear a student play inspired and enthusiastic.
When she was allowed to sing in the school's big band in high school, a world of music opened up for her. A great love for funk, soul and jazz emerged, but the annual Christmas musical also had a crazy impact: Gerlant chose to study voice/musical theater at Codarts in Rotterdam and graduated in 2005.
By now Gerlant has been working as a singing and theater teacher for years. She enjoys putting people at their ease so that they dare to try things out with full conviction and above all to fly off the handle. Because that's where you learn so much! Besides teaching, Gerlant is a voice-over and performs regularly with her cover band Cloudy Juice.
Because of her passion for chamber music, with various ensembles, Sannie took chamber music lessons with Frans van Ruth, Mila Baslawskaja, Hans Roelofsen, Ton Koopman, Patrick Ayrton and Fabio Bonizzoni. Sannie plays flute in chamber music ensembles such as the Rhenus Ensemble, flute/piano organ duo De Jongh/Stelling and a flute/harp duo with harpist Meija Blok. She also plays traverso in the recently founded baroque ensemble SAGE and duo Girasol with baroque violinist Esther Papma. Sannie played traverso in baroque ensemble "La Máquina del Tiempo".
After lessons from Hans Roerade, she went to the Conservatory to study with Han de Vries. She then continued her studies with Gijs Reijns and Frank Minderaa, and concluded her studies by obtaining her DM (Teaching Musician) and Master degrees. Marleen studied at the Conservatories of The Hague and Amsterdam. During and after her studies she played in the Residentie Orkest and the Metropole Orchestra and many other orchestras and chamber music ensembles.
A word from our students:
The Music Collective is a very fine music school. I've learned so much during my singing-, piano- and drum lessons. They're all great teachers ! Thanks to their effort I'm now studying at the conservatory in Rotterdam.
Great music school. As an adult I decided to start guitar lessons at last. I had a great time with my Guitar teacher Alex. Highly recommended for all ages.