POPWEEK

From Aug. 25
until August 30, 2024

POPWEEK

Every day, you will make music during classroom instrument lessons and in ensembles/bands, and in the evenings there are additional theory lessons, workshops on related styles, free and guided jams.

You get a lot of new information and you make music for a week in a heterogeneous group, both in terms of instrumental make-up and age. Don't be put off if you don't think you are a star yet: we work on different levels!

From Funk to Soul, from Pop, Rock and Ballads to Latin American. There is no better experience than to work and jam intensively with other musicians for a week. You can share your passion with participants of all ages (from home and abroad).

 

Also this summer:

Theory at the piano (aka piano for non-pianists)

Songwriting

JamZ.Bond jam sessions

Teachers

Patrick Steenaerts

Guitar

Frank Deruytter

Sax

Dominique Vantomme

Piano

Oljana Weyler

Vocalist

Kristen Cornwell

Vocalist
Guitar :
Patrick Steenaerts
Sax :
Frank Deruytter
Piano :
Dominique Vantomme
Vocalist :
Oljana Weyler
Vocalist :
Kristen Cornwell

Experienced teachers coach you individually during group lessons. How do students experience such an intensive internship? Read the interview with six participants.

If you want to get a feel for the atmosphere already, you can watch the demo movie or the photos!

Daily schedule

(any changes subject to change)

08.30 – 09.00
09.00 – 10.30
10.30 – 11.00
11.00 – 12.30
12.30 – 13:00
13.00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15.30
15.30 – 16.00
16.00 – 18.00
18.00 – 19.00
19.00 – 20.00
20.00 – 21.00

19.00 – 24.00

breakfast
instrument lessons/singing (from day 2)
break
instrument lesson/vocal
lunch
break / theory at the piano
Band (on first day instrument lesson/vocals)
break
Band (on first day instrument lesson/vocals)
supper and break
music theory
songwriting

JamZ.Bond jam session or free jamming

Instrument lessons/vocals
During the instrumental lessons, improvisation, technique, solos, accompaniment, theory, interpretation and repertoire will be discussed.

  • Do you want to get better at your instrument?
  • Do you waste too much time practising? Are you not getting the most out of it?
  • Don't you like the sound of the latest material?
  • Would you like to be taught by professionals from the first (inter-) national level?
  • Does a stunning instrument technique seem unattainable?

 

Instruments
Students should bring their own instruments and equipment!
Pianists: keyboard/electric piano with amplification and headphones for individual study moments
Vocalists: microphone with "light" vocal system or with amplification
Wind players: instrument
Guitarists: guitar with amplification
Bass players: bass guitar with amplification
Drummers: drum kit, mat to protect floor, sticks and brushes

Bands
In "bands" you will be taught by the instrument teachers (all active stage musicians!) and learn to work on form, style, groove, sound, blending, arrangement, solos, songs and much more.

  • Would you like to play together more and get to know other musicians?
  • Do you still experience many problems with grooving when playing together?
  • Do you want to learn a new style?
  • Do you usually play classical music or jazz, but fancy pop and rock?

Each course participant joins a band consisting of a rhythm section (synths/keys, guitar, bass and drums) supplemented by a wind player and vocals. You learn to use your techniques immediately in practice.

Bands are formed in various level groups. Each band is led by one of the teachers from the corps.

The composition of the bands is based on the level of the participants.

At the start of the instrument lessons, your level will be tested. It is therefore advisable to prepare one or more pieces. Your level will help determine which instrument group or combo you will be assigned to.

Musicians can best develop their talent by learning and making music in groups.

Theory at the piano - Piano for non-pianists olv Maarten Weyler

1 p.m.: group 1 (beginners) and 1:30 p.m.: group 2 (more advanced)

In this class series you will learn, with no prior knowledge and on the piano:

  • playing and making triads
  • playing a blues scheme
  • working with reversals
  • playing and creating major scales
  • playing and making four sounds
  • working with reversals for II - V - I
  • Playing standards such as Take the A-Train, Fly Me To the Moon and Mac the Knife
    • guide
    • improv
  • and more

This class series was first organized in 2019, but due to Corona commitments in recent years, it was no longer feasible. Not completely new, then...

Evening classes
In the evenings there are extra theory lessons:

Theory (from 7 - 8 p.m.)

  • Can those analyses of chord progressions really help?
  • What is a blues scale, what does a dorian scale look like?
  • You already heard talk of "secondary dominants" or "backdoor progression," but you don't know what that is?
  • Is a theory lesson always boring?
  • Have you always dreamed of studying at a conservatoire?
  • Need a preparation for the theoretical side of those studies?

 

Composition/Songwriting (from 8 - 9 p.m.) for all interested parties

In this lesson series, we work on:

  • writing a blues theme
  • compositional techniques within the diatonic series
    • verse: lyrics, melody and chords
    • with attention to prosody, note choice linked to the chord, rhythm and more
    • chorus: text, melody and chords
  • the chords are expanded to include some non-diatonic chords
  • what do you want to emphasize in your text? what less?
  • horizontal arrangement or work on the form
    • Intro, Pre-Chorus, Bridge, Outro and more
  • vertical arrangement or working on the "translation" to a tape, a recording
  • applying and using software such as MuseScore, iRealPro, GarageBand
  • by the end of the week, you'll soon have written a blues and your own song (AABA, verse/chorus/bridge) and know how to make a demo

 

With all these classes comes a syllabus with the summary of the material and many additional course materials. You can also register for the evening classes only. Please note that places for these are limited.

Jams:

Every night of the week, several classrooms remain open until midnight. You can then play free or supervised jam. In ever-changing line-ups, with fellow students or with teachers.

  • Do you want to jam until the late hours?
  • Under the guidance of teachers?
  • Together with teachers?
  • Would you like to play with participants of a different level or in a different musical style?
  • Do you want to try out a different instrument?

 

JamZ.Bond Jam Session (3 evening sessions)

9 - 10 p.m.: for beginners

Based on our experience with the JamZ.Bond platform, we organize an evening jam where you know in advance which songs will be played. Indeed, we choose for you the right standards or songs and accompany you during this jam. From making an intro together, playing the theme, performing solos with the right accompaniment to playing at the right tempo and ending with an outro. Think of it as a "guided jam.

Would you rather play more freely? No problem, in several classrooms you can go for this, even until shortly before midnight!

Concert
Wednesday evening is the traditional final concert of the combos. Family, friends and acquaintances are welcome then. The concert begins promptly at 7:30 p.m., in Hall De Put, Destelheide.

Level
Making music is a learning process. Because not everyone can study modern playing styles at music studios or music schools, it is difficult to establish a specific level. However, we provide various teachers per instrument subject, so that there is sufficient care for the different levels.
If you are still in doubt about your level, please contact: maarten.weyler@gmail.com

Coordinator
Maarten Weyler

Participants
15 years and older

Where?

Destelheide - Dworp

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POPWEEK

Aug. 25

- Aug. 30, 2024

Popweek - 26 years EARLY BIRD

Group room - Early Bird price - 26 years to 31.3.2024
705

Popweek + 26 years EARLY BIRD

Group room - Early Bird price + 26 years to 31.3.2024
745

Pop Week - 26 years

Group room - 26 years from 1.4.2024
750

Pop Week + 26 years

Group room + 26 years from 1.4.2024
800

Popweek Single Room

Single room
865

Pop Week External

External participant
670

Popweek evening session

Evening session: theory & workshops
300

POPWEEK. What do you learn?

Besides a great atmosphere, you will meet a lot of new people with the same passion for your music. At the same time, you get enough material to work with for a whole year (that's what all course members tell us!).

Skills you will acquire on this course include

Artistic expression skills

Knowing the skills to create and develop own musical ideas so that they can be used in one's own performance practice

Repertoire knowledge

Searching for new musical styles and being able to open them up to musical practice

Teamwork skills

Mastery of the skills to musically cooperate in and lead different formations, varying in size, level and style

Practice and rehearsal skills

Learning exercise and rehearsal skills that contribute to better self-study with attention to correct and healthy body posture by using the body as efficiently as possible, thus avoiding pain

Reading on sight

Knowing the skills to perform notated musical forms, scores and ideas and being able to read and perform a score by sight

Composing and arranging

Learning the basics of composing and editing/arranging music for varying line-ups and styles

Performing for an audience

Learning to perform in front of an audience and learning to deal with criticism after the performance

Improvisation

Being able to shape and create own music spontaneously

Music history

Know the basics of general music history and get acquainted with specialised historical style developments

Music Theory

Mastering the organisational patterns in music and being able to use them for composition, improvisation, arrangement and performance

Technology

Learn to use various music software packages in daily practice

Socio-cultural skills

Know communicative and social skills appropriate to the experience of music practice and can use them for

  • cooperation with others
  • cooperation with other communities
  • working on preparation and organisation in a team
  • cooperation with other individuals in a variety of cultural contexts
  • presentation/performance of work in an accessible way