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President of the Executive Board Wilma Franchimon steps down as of 10 October

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Reaction of the Dutch universities of the arts to the report of the Council for Culture

The Dutch universities of the arts have read with great interest the advice of the Council for Culture (Raad voor Cultuur) regarding social safety within the cultural sector and arts education. The universities recognise the problems outlined by the Council for Culture and acknowledge the role they play in making social safety an integral part of the development of the artists (and culture professionals) of the future. The arts education sector is pleased that the efforts made by the universities of the arts, both individually and collectively, to guarantee and increase social safety have been noted by the Council for Culture. At the same time, we are already busy implementing changes in line with the Council's findings. We feel it is important to emphasise that this is never finished and that we are consciously and continuously working on it. The universities of the arts have done a great deal of work to strengthen the structures that are intended to counteract transgressive behaviour. One of the results was the presentation in May 2021 of the 'Contours of the Social Safety Code' by the universities of the arts to the then Minister Van Engelshoven. We actively draw the attention of our staff and students to codes of conduct, make confidential counsellors and complaints committees more visible, refine regulations and make them easier to find. The dialogue shows openness and alertness to social safety. The universities of the arts are paying constant attention to this. Of course, the didactic approach of demolishing and rebuilding the art student, as was done in the past by some universities of the arts, is now unacceptable to all; it no longer has a place in modern art education. With training in didactics and social safety, we impress on our lecturers, even those with small appointments, that transgressive behaviour, (sexual) …

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Visitations bachelors of Music and Music in Education successful

On Thursday 16 and Friday 17 June 2022, the Music and Music in Education Bachelor's programmes of Codarts were inspected. After studying the earlier submitted position papers and examinations, the visitation panels have spoken during these days with (delegations of) board and management, students, teachers, alumni/work field representatives and examination board. Both programmes were also able to present themselves in the form of a showcase with various performances. Both panels were enthusiastic about what they saw and heard and will recommend to renew the accreditations again for another six years. The special characteristic Interdisciplinarity, which was requested for both programmes, was seen by the panels as an extremely relevant development direction with which a good start has already been made, but which still requires further sharpening and elaboration. The programmes also received very useful feedback: for both bachelors to pay extra attention to the diversity of teams of teachers and student population, for the Bachelor of Music additionally to pay attention to the scheduling, to care for the teachers (interview cycle) and to look closely at vision, culture and organizational structure in their mutual coherence. On both days there were also explicit and heartfelt compliments for the work of the examination board.

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Codarts Student Life wins Higher Education Premium

The Codarts Student Life team has won a Dutch Higher Education Premium award. The announcement was made by Minister Dijkgraaf of Education, Culture and Science at the annual Comenius Festival on 12 May. The Codarts Student Life programme focuses on the well-being of students in general and on optimising the physical and mental health of students in the performing arts. The team will receive 500.000 euros (third prize) to further develop the programme. Wilma Franchimon, chair of the Executive Board: “High praise for the Codarts Student Life team. Ten years ago, department head Stephanie Keizer and her team started this innovative programme for the performing arts. It has now grown into an internationally leading programme both in the performing arts and beyond. Student Life exemplifies our vision that students’ well-being is an integral part of talent development.” Codarts Student LifeThe Student Life programme is based on three interrelated pillars: education, support, and research. It consists of a Health and Wellbeing curriculum, (para)medical screening, monitoring physical and mental health, and providing advice and guidance in matters of housing, insurance, and physical and mental complaints. What’s unique about the Student Life programme is that the aforementioned pillars are not separate entities but work together in an integrated manner. This educational initiative leads to fewer injuries, less dropout and improves the self-regulating ability of students. The unique ‘Team Around the Artist’ approach ensures that students are always centrally supported by the Performing Arts Health Centre, which consists of health professionals with a background in either the performing arts or top sports. à [link] Read the interview with department head Stephanie Keizer about 10 years of Student Life. The Dutch Higher Education PremiumThe Dutch Higher Education Premium was established to underline the high quality of education at universities and universities for applied sciences and also as a token of appreciation for teachers and teaching teams …

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INTERVIEW WINNER ERASMUS JAZZ PRIZE 2022

The music of Teja Poljanšek and Eleutheria is hard to pigeonhole Teja Poljanšek and her band Eleutheria won the Erasmus Jazz Prize 2022 in April. For Teja, it was a confirmation of the growth she has experienced since she started her jazz education in 2018 at Codarts, the University of the Arts in Rotterdam. “Over the past two years we have taken a certain direction with the band. It's great when you get appreciation for that from the jury and the public." Teja came to Rotterdam from her native Slovenia four years ago. “A well-known Slovenian singer also studied at Codarts”, she tells. “I've been toying with the idea since high school. That would be nice. But it would also be scary, abroad, and far from home.” Nevertheless, she decided to give it a try. She submitted videos of three songs and was allowed to audition. It went so well that she was admitted to the school. Musical roots“I've been involved with music since I was a kid,” she says. “I come from a musical family; my older brother and sister are both professional musicians and we played together from an early age.” When she was 6, she started taking accordion lessons. From the age of 10 she also took singing lessons. She sang in choirs and singing groups, especially pop and folk music and Slovenian music. Jazz music only entered her world relatively late, at the end of high school. “When I came into contact with jazz, I was intrigued by the harmonical and rhythmical concepts,” says Teja. “It took me some time to appreciate it. The genre gives a singer a lot of freedom, both rhythmically and harmonically. I loved hearing the great singers of jazz, like Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson. But I also like more modern …

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Ten years of health programme Student Life!

‘Student Life makes students in the performing arts self-aware, resilient, and independent’ This year, the Codarts programme Student Life has its tenth anniversary. In 2012 the first steps were taken to realise an integral programme around the well-being and physical and mental health of students in the performing arts. Ten years later we have a leading, student-oriented programme around health and talent development – fully integrated within the various study programmes, from dance, circus art and music to music theatre and art education. Stephanie Keizer-Hulsebosch, head of Student Life: ‘Receiving the Higher Education Premium 2022 from the Ministry of Culture, Education and Science is a wonderful recognition!’ ‘How can I jump even higher?’ ‘How can I manage my energy better with my diet?’ ‘How do I deal with the enormous stress I always have before a performance?’ Just three of the many questions that Codarts students can find an answer to at the Performing Arts Health Centre, part of the Student Life programme of the university for the arts. A unique ‘Team Around The Artist’ approach (TATA) helps students to become self-aware, resilient, and independent and thus maximise their potential during their studies. All in preparation for the high demands that will be placed upon them in a career in the professional world of dance, music or circus. Taking it step-by-step Stephanie Keizer-Hulsebosch: ‘The official start of Student Life was in 2012. Before then, we did provide some health-related services, such as an in-house physiotherapist, but it was all fragmented. There was no shared vision and it was mostly reactive. To put it bluntly, we were just applying band-aids. Starting in 2012, we started operating more and more proactively, to prevent injuries and mental health problems, and then we took it one step further. With Student Life we make our students aware of their …

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Eleutheria winner Erasmus Jazz Prize 2022

Eleutheria winner of the 26th Erasmus Jazz Prize 2022. Photography by Sean Hitchens On Sunday 24 April, Eleutheria was declared winner of the Erasmus Jazz Prize 2022.  The prestigious prize for up-and-coming jazz talent was again organised this year by art school Codarts Rotterdam, the Friends of Codarts Foundation and Nedspice. The presentation of the finals was in the hands of Maïmouna Rachels. The jury - Jasper Blom (teacher, Conservatorium van Amsterdam), Anette von Eichel (teacher, University of Music and Dance Cologne), Sigrid Paans (Conservatorium Maastricht) and Linda Bloemhard (Codarts) - announced the winner at the end of the afternoon. During the final of the Erasmus Jazz Prize in the Eduard Flipse Zaal of De Doelen, Eleutheria competed against FLIM, Andrew Moreno Trio and Ishtar Quartet. The jury was deeply impressed by the quality of all the acts. But the band, led by Slovenian vocalist Teja Poljanšek, won over the jury with an impressive performance that convincingly told a story. Main sponsor Nedspice has made a sum of €3,000 available for the winner, which is intended to give young jazz talent a push in the direction of the professional circuit of the international jazz scene. In the past, the prize proved to be a great stepping stone for a number of successful jazz musicians, including Jan van Duikeren, Bart Wirtz, Louk Boudesteijn, Rik Kraak and Stephanie Francke.

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‘Let me be your voice’

In the past period, the first-year students of the Music Theatre course have been working on the project 'Let me be your voice'.

 
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Codarts Research

‘Music Therapy is meant to be learned in practice’

Music therapist Rita Kárpáti is an alumna of our Master of Arts Therapies study programme. At this year’s Codarts Research Festival she conducted the lecture ‘What the Ears Can See: Using musical parameters to observe cognitive functioning in stroke rehabilitants’. “The community at the master programme was something unique.” Rita Kárpáti is a Hungarian-born musician, music educator, and music therapist, working in the Netherlands. She graduated in 2021 after completing her Master's thesis on the music-based clinical observation of cognitive functioning in stroke patients. Currently, she is doing clinical work with clients suffering from acquired brain injuries and the Syndrome of Korsakoff, while also learning and writing about, and presenting topics related to memory, cognition, and the clinical use of music. At this year’s Codarts Research Festival 2022, on 17 March, Rita conducted the lecture ‘What the Ears Can See: Using musical parameters to observe cognitive functioning in stroke rehabilitants’. Last September, she delivered a slightly longer version of the same presentation at the Open Research Day of the Master of Arts Therapies (MAT). Rita: “That was practically a ‘recap’ of my master's thesis process for the students of the current MAT cohort. Since it was a positive experience to everyone involved, the MAT faculty asked me to do another round at the Codarts Research Festival. I was really happy to say yes, as this was essentially my first presentation within a professionally organised, multidisciplinary conference setting; a marvellous practice for similar occasions in the future!” Duality between observing and influencingThe topic Rita chose for her thesis and the following presentations touched upon how experienced music therapists use the medium of music to observe cognition in clients recovering from a stroke (or a CVA, the medically correct term). Rita: “What made the study really interesting is that the data came from nine music therapists from …

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Incubator 2022

From Monday 28 March to Friday 1 April, Codarts’ university-wide project week Incubator 2022 will take place.

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Codarts Student Life nominated for the Dutch Higher Education Premium

Codarts Student Life is one of the six educational teams in higher vocational and scientific education that have been nominated for the Dutch Higher Education Premium 2022.

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