Martin Ansink

Teacher Percussion and Methodology

Martin Ansink is percussion teacher at Jong KC and leads the Jong KC percussion ensemble. Discovering your own musical 'voice' and being able to convey it to your audience is paramount during his lessons. In addition to teaching excellent technique, he also lets students listen carefully to their own playing. He thinks it is important that students receive good lessons as early as possible, so that they learn to play better early-on and fun in playing increases. For that reason, Martin also teaches the Educational skills course to the HBO percussion students at the Royal Conservatoire, in order to prepare them for their own teaching practice.

At the age of 11, Martin started with the drum band and the youth orchestra of Wilhelmina Glanerbrug. Unfortunately, there was no School for Young Talent in his area, but through lessons at the music school, playing with a drum band, a percussion ensemble, two concert bands and the Netherlands Youth Orchestra, he studied percussion at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. During his studies he was a much sought-after substitute with various orchestras and ensembles in the Netherlands. After his graduation he also became a regular performer in Slagwerk Den Haag. An ensemble that specializes in playing impressive percussion pieces, but also collaborates with today's makers to further develop percussion repertoire.

In 2005 Martin was hired as deputy percussion leader at Residentie Orkest in The Hague. He is now leader of the timpani and percussion group and, in addition to the beautiful symphonic repertoire, also plays various cross-over programs with artists from other disciplines. As a 'musician in the classroom', Martin often teaches at primary and secondary schools. With these pupils he prepares projects such as the Play-Along Concert or the Conducting Project, through which they become acquainted with music and an orchestra.