I believe that every musician, and of course every percussionist has a unique story; longterm and shorterm goals, wishes and desires. Regularly I meet mallet players who feel the need to improve their playing.
For the past decade I am fortunate to be able to help many percussion students from more than 30 countries worldwide. Therefore I created a plan that works for you and enables you to have maximum long term results in playing mallets.
Wheter you're a classical marimbist or a jazz vibist. This method worked over and over again and has given me the chance to develop it at the conservatories and music institutes where I teach. This will help you indefinetly in your musical life and opens up your unique musical journey!
With over 20 years of experience in the music business Vincent Houdijk created his own methods in which he is highly recommended and recognized by International Music Institutes. He gained his broad and widened view of Music after studying Classical Percussion (1999-2005) and Jazz Vibraphone (2005-2007) both resulting in graduating with great honor (cum laude).
Moreover Vincent teaches vibraphone at the classical departments of the Conservatories of Amsterdam and Rotterdam and has gained years of experience while being trained by excellent artists and mentors such as Peter Prommel, Victor Oskam, Arnold Marinissen, Florian Poser, Frits Landesbergen and the reputable Mike Mainieri.
MalletClasses.Com was created and founded by Vincent Houdijk aiming to provide inspiring, targeted and effective classes for mallet players from allover the world.
MalletClasses.Com Features a Step-by-Step Video Course Series Which Will Definitely Improve Your Skills On Your Instrument. Whether you are a classical marimbist or a jazz vibist, these videos will enhance and develop your musical vocabulary with long term results!
If you are interested in more detailed and personal mallet classes please contact me and we can work out the best possibilities for you. Private 1-on-1 classes are possible online (by using skype, youtube etc) or live at your location or at one of my locations in the Netherlands.
In 2016 Vincent Houdijk got elected as 'Most Promising Jazz Artist of The Netherlands' as a result of working intensively as a freelance (jazz) musician with an average of 150-175 concerts a year.
Vincent tours extensively throughout the world. Tactician as he is, he made sure to present his live album Vortex during the nationwide tour, starting in the metropolitan Bimhuis in 2016. The album and accompanying tour are a provisional culmination of his band VinnieVibes, which brings together kindred spirits.
Previously he worked successfully with Luistio Quintero, Roberto Quintero, Sean Jones, Eric Vloeimans, Remy van Kesteren, Ivo Janssen, Wouter Hamel, Kyteman, Mathilde Santing and The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra and the worlds leading jazz, pop orchestra The Metropole Orchestra,
Since 2005 I was invited by the late, great Victor Oskam to present a masterclass at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. After that I became a vibraphone teacher at their classical percussion department. Two years later I got invited to become the vibraphone teacher at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam as well.
Furthermore the past years I was priviledged to give masterclasses at ao.
In 2005 together with my dear friend and colleague Ramon Lormans we created the Percussion Friends Foundation.
Stichting Percussion Friends enriches lives by sharing the passion for percussion. . Its artistic team aims for the highest quality by inspiring and connecting people from allover the world thru synergy, diversity and incredibly versatile collaborations.
The Percussion Friends Chamber Music Academy is one of the major summer schools around the world, being yearly held in Amsterdam. A percussion community is being built with the international network of the Artistic Team; Maikel Claessens, Vincent Houdijk and Ramon Lormans. The Percussion Friends Chamber Music Academy has been yearlyt organized from 2005 and works in collaboration with Conservatorium van Amsterdam since 2014.
Throughout the last five years, over 150 applicants from all the continents from 30 different countries took part in PFCMA. Many former students have jobs and respectable positions in the major orchestra's, teaching institutions, or have a solo & chamber music carreer.
" Vincent is a mallet specialist who clearly enjoys teaching fellow mallet players. His energy is contagious and automatically makes you pay attention to the interesting things he has to say. I would recommend his private 1on1 sessions based on his transparent and entertaining way of teaching. "
Jacob van Eijk, Netherlands
" Vincent is one of the most talented vibraphonists I've met in my entire career! As an artistic director of the International Percussion Festival in Portimão, I had the privilege of having him as a teacher in the last 2 editions, because together with his musical talent, Vincent has a pedagogy that captivates and motivates students regardless of their age. "
Vasco Ramalho, Portugal
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