‘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 …
In the past period, the first-year students of the Music Theatre course have been working on the project 'Let me be your voice'.
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.
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 …
From Monday 28 March to Friday 1 April, Codarts’ university-wide project week Incubator 2022 will take place.
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.
Codarts is the first university for the arts to have co-signed the Amnesty International manifesto ‘Let's Talk About YES’.
Celebrating an engaged music community and breaking the bias The initiative to build an International Women's Day (IWD) program around Codarts' Jazz, Pop & World Music department seems as relevant as ever. This year's IWD theme is 'Break the Bias' and it still resonates with women in music today. It has an impact on our education and industry, as well as on the diversity and inclusiveness of all underrepresented talents in music. ThemeOur theme for International Women's Day 'Celebrating an engaged music community and breaking the bias' relates to our desire to transform into a music community where awareness can grow into positive action forward and where more women will find their place within our Jazz, Pop and World Music departments as students and also faculty members. ProgramThere will be performances by (former) students, including Van Den Hil (Codarts Pop), Tineke Postma (saxophonist, composer, teacher Codarts) will be playing with Andrew Moreno (guitar Jazz), Jonathan Ho (alumnus Codarts Jazz), Martin Hafizi (alumnus Codarts Jazz). There will also be performances by Miran Noh and Femke Mooren (Codarts Jazz) and by the promising Sun-Mi Hong Group Utrecht University assistant professor Christine Bauer will give a keynote speech on algorithm bias. "Music platforms suggest which songs to listen to now. Chances are the first recommendation is a song by a male artist. Can we break this pattern? - Yes, you can." PanelRASL student (Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab) Florieke de Geus moderates a panel discussion with guests Kim Jäger (student Codarts and Utrecht University, improvising cellist), Alesandro Fongaro (bassist, composer, teacher Codarts), Mariëtte Groot (WORM, re#sister), Djuwa Mroivili (researcher, performer) and Tineke Postma. Linda Bloemhard (senior policy advisor Jazz, Pop & World Music) and Tineke Postma will host the event together. This celebration is open to the public and will be streamed live via this link (log in as guest).Date: …
Kaña Trio, consisting of João Sequei, Hugo Pereira and Rens Rutten, has been declared winner of the Grachtenfestival Conservatory Competition 2022.
Friday 4 February, the first year Bachelor students of our Jazz, Pop and World Music departments have started the module Optimal Performance Programme (OPP).