If you’d like to be able to sit down at the piano and improvise freely, study and master music theory, learn how to write and produce a full song, or compose and orchestrate a symphony, I’d love to help you achieve your goals! My name is Cornelis and I teach private, 1-on-1 lessons in person at your home (in Houten & Utrecht) , at my home studio in Houten, and online. All ages and all levels are welcome – also complete beginners with no prior experience.
During each lesson, we’ll learn or practice a music concept and put it to use by composing a musical idea, and arranging that idea into a full composition. You can then produce a final record of this song in your own home studio or you can make use of my studio.
To find out a little more about me, feel free to visit my home page
Learn the fundamentals of music – rhythm, pitch, and timbre. Delve into reading sheet music & midi piano roll. Naturally, one must master the musical scales – major, minor, chromatic, and pentatonic. We then move on to the principles of harmony, creating chords, and simple progressions.
At the end of this course you will be able to write simple melodies in any key, with any scale, and harmonize it using triadic chords.
music theory ii
In this module we explore more exotic scale modes and how to use them effectively. You’ll learn how to use scales beyond the major, minor, and pentatonic and progress to writing functional 4-part harmony.
At the end of this module you’ll be able to build more complex chords and progressions – 7th chords, the diminished flavours, and extended harmonies.
arranging & orchestration
In this module, I’ll guide you in the process of constructing a blueprint or schema for your composition. Together we will arrange your musical ideas into a coherent musical form, simple or complex.
We will also explore how to write, arrange and orchestrate for a wide range of different instruments, either symphonic or for a smaller ensemble… or perhaps an array of synthesizers…
Finally, I’ll teach you how to prepare your scores for ease of playing by musicians at sessions or recitals.
This module focuses on technology! You’ll learn how to set up your own home studio using budget-friendly hardware and software options. You’ll master the use of effects chains, and how to program your own synth patches.
You’ll also learn how to create a realistic and balanced orchestral / band template. Once you have a finished song, you’ll learn how to mix and master a release-ready record.
Finally, you’ll learn about distributing your music, protecting your rights, and collecting your royalties if your song becomes popular.
enquire & enroll
If you’d like to sign up for lessons, or would simply like to make an appointment to meet with me to discuss lessons, your expectations, or your musical challenges in more detail, do get in touch using the form below.
students under 21 years of age
30 minute lesson – €25
45 minute lesson – €35
60 minute lesson – €45
adult students (VAT included)
30 minute lesson – €30,25
45 minute lesson – €42,35
60 minute lesson – €54,45
frequently asked questions
which equipment or "gear" do I need for lessons?
You will need a suitable instrument to play on and carve out your musical ideas on. This could be a piano in the lounge, or a midi keyboard connected to your laptop, or even a standalone synthesizer.
Music manuscript paper and a pencil is also very handy during the lesson so that we can make notes and write out ideas.
If you are completely new to all this and don’t have any of these things handy, let’s schedule a primer lesson and I’ll walk you through the best choices.
what frequency of lessons is best?
I think that many students would be most comfortable having a lesson every two weeks. During lessons, we will discuss your latest work and exercises in detail and I’ll be giving you more exercises to work on in the coming weeks. Having two weeks to complete assignments typically works out well – there is a bit of a “deadline” but it’s not so stressful.
are lessons only for making certain genres of music?
Definitely not! The concepts and techniques I teach are completely genre-agnostic. Unless you are making extremely experimental music that sits on the far fringes, the same principles apply, whether it’s classical, rock, pop, videogame music, ambient, electronic, or whatever.
how much time is required to complete assignments and exercises between lessons?
You learn to compose fluently by writing and playing / improvising as much as possible. Too often, especially now in the age of endless YouTube tutorials, one can get stuck absorbing information instead of actually doing the thing you’re trying to master. It feels like productive work, but it gets you nowhere.
Hence, I tend to give my students a lot of work to do in between lessons. Mostly these are short exercises to practice compositional techniques or to sharpen their skills where they feel lacking. It can look like a lot at first but you’ll see that it goes by fast, and as you start noticing results you’ll no doubt be even more inspired to work on your compositional exercises whenever you have a moment to do so.
What if you don’t manage to complete your homework assignments?
Don’t fret! I won’t kick you off my student roster :), we’ll simply adjust to suit your pace and move forward from there.
do I need to be able to read sheet music?
Yes, and if you can’t, I’ll teach you! Why do I insist on learning to read sheet music? Because it opens up a completely new world of learning opportunities, and reading music from a score is fundamentally different from reading from midi alone – midi was designed for computers to execute upon, while scores were invented for humans to interpret and perform from. This means that reading a score offers totally different insight into a piece of music.