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Hammond@Codarts (press release)
On March 10th the introduction of Hammond at Codarts took place in a special event. Interested future students, keyboardists, pianists, professionals, teachers and enthusiasts visited this day.
From September 2018 Codarts will start a renewed Hammond organ main subject (bachelor + master). Carlo de Wijs, Hammond organ player with an international career is the initiator of Hammond at Codarts. In 2016 he received a scholarship from the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture & Science Jet Bussemaker for a PHD research project in the history and future of this musical instrument.
The unique Hammond organ education will show students the endless possibilities of this instrument that has influences in several musical genres and traditions. Besides the regular components of the Codarts curriculum such as bands and ensembles, music theory, artistic research, masterclasses and entrepreneurship there are specialized components of the Hammond curriculum focused on: sound registration, dynamics, the coordination and bass skills with both hands and feet, specific Hammond songbook repertoire, the experience within live- and studio settings, music production and developing new repertoire.
Besides the specific Hammond organ department Hammond is part of the already existing pop keys department, and there are possibilities to specialize within the main subject jazz piano. Main subject teachers of both departments are involved within the Hammond organ curriculum.