I was born in 1973. At the age of fourteen, I started playing the clarinet. Somewhat naive but passionate about this wonderful instrument, I soon felt that it would become a big part of my life. And indeed, at the age of eighteen, I went to the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music to become a professional musician. It was the beginning of an exciting journey. I traveled, played competitions/auditions and concerts, ... In 2000, my musical journey almost ended due to a severe car accident. Unable to continue playing the clarinet, I decided to study Western philosophy at Ghent University. Yet another turning point in my life... and it was a very intense period: I combined full time music teaching with my philosophy studies. On top of that, my three sons were born in this period: Elias, Quinten & Tristan. In 2008, I graduated with a thesis on the musician-instrument relationship. Thanks to this thesis, I was granted a scholarship in order to obtain a PhD in Art Sciences (promotor: Prof. Dr. Marc Leman). And so, a new phase in life was determined. In 2012 I obtained my PhD. After my PhD I went teaching again, worked as postdoc for one year at IPEM (Ghent University), and became researcher and lecturer at LUCA School of Arts (Lemmens). From 2015, I continued my research on instrumental music teaching/learning and embodied musicianship as a postdoctoral researcher at IPEM (7 year contract).
In 2019, I started a new adventure: a PhD in the Arts at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. This Phd project was discontinued as from June 2022, I was appointed Associate Professor in Early Childhood Music Education at the University of Luxembourg.
(c) Marijke De Schepper
(c) Albrecht Heeffer
The Musician-Instrument relationship
Why is it that musician often experience their instrument as part of themselves?
2008 - 2012
Ghent University (BE)
PhD in Arts Sciences
Movement and Learning
How can movement support instrumental music teaching and learning?
(Music) Educational Technologies
How can interactive (music) technologies support and embodied approach to instrumental music teaching and learning?
Embodied Music Cognition
How is the body involved in our interactions with music?
2000 - 2008
MA in Philosophy
1991 - 1997
Brussels Royal Conservatory
MA in Music Performance
Teacher Diploma (Clarinet)
Teacher Diploma (Ensemble)
Masterclasses, courses in Max/MSP, in statistics, ...
2019 - 2022
Royal Conservatory Antwerp
PhD in Arts Sciences
How is creativity grounded in bodily experience?
How can creativity be fostered through movement?
Music in Social Action
How can music and movement foqster well-being?