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Nurturing the next generation

Wednesday 28 April, 2021

After a year in which live music making ground to a halt, Belgian tenor horn superstar Tim De Maeseneer remains positive. Undeterred by the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions that have followed, the 32-year-old has continued working hard and is looking forward to resuming the activities he holds dear as soon as restrictions allow.

As he takes up a new teaching position at Leuven University College of Arts, Tim, who lives in the small village of Heffen, reflects on a year like no other with British Bandsman editor, Mark Good.


Congratulations on your new appointment. Tell me about it.

TDM: I will start teaching on the saxhorn (band instruments) course at Leuven University College of Arts (LUCA) in Belgium. Now, all instruments in a brass band can be studied at LUCA. I will be teaching cornet, flugelhorn and tenor horn students and they will be able to study for bachelor and master’s degrees. The school offers a variety of courses across music and drama, with music degrees covering performing, composition, conducting, music therapy and music pedagogy.


How did the opportunity to teach at the institution come about?

TDM: Benny Wiame, my professor at the conservatoire in Ghent, had contacted me some time ago for my thoughts about this course. We spoke about our ideas and soon afterwards, I was contacted by the institute. The school asked if I was interested in starting as a professor of saxhorn and band instruments in the institute.


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