Bruselas, a 3 de Noviembre de 2016
En mi segundo año de clases con Martín Gort, puedo asegurar que sus clases de Música Étnica son extremadamente interesantes, a la vez que inesperadas. En ellas estamos continuamente arropados por los sonidos que nosotros mismos hemos creado en los diferentes instrumentos; las congas, los bongos, los timbales o el güiro.
Además, en estas clases, nosotros, los que aprendemos, dejamos de ser meros alumnos, que aprenden de una manera más o menos activa, para pasar a ser discípulos; interviniendo plenamente en el acto de la enseñanza, y participando de la forma de hacerlo de nuestro maestro.
Todo esto es posible gracias al saber adquirido por Martín Gort en sus viajes a Cuba y al Oeste de África, donde pudo recopilar el saber de sus habitantes y estudiar en instituciones como el Conjunto Folclórico Nacional de La Habana. Así, nosotros tenemos el privilegio de aprender su música de la misma manera en que lo haría, por ejemplo, un cubano o un habitante de Guinea-Conakry.
Además, el encanto y la paciencia innata de Martín Gort hacen de él la persona ideal para este tipo de enseñanza.
David Zapatero Cuadrado,
Estudiante de Composición en el Conservatorio Real de Bruselas.
I am participating in the lessons of Martin Gort for five years now, and I have to say that this helped me a great deal in opening my mind to playing percussion and latin music.
His profound knowledge on the subject, his love for music and his joy for teaching and genuine interest in his students made his lessons the highlight of the week.
I feel very fortunate to be one of his students and to have shared experiences with him over the last five years.
Gisteren de tijd genomen om alles rondom de Kidsdag Hoekelum eerst maar eens even te laten bezinken.
Voor de aan ons toevertrouwde kinderen is het een meer dan onvergetelijke (mid-)dag geworden, ook voor de professionele begeleiders. Wie we er ook over spraken, groot of klein, een ieder was blij, vrolijk, uitgelaten. En daar doen we het voor: blije gezichten, de sores van alle dag even vergeten. We kregen dan ook van diverse kanten de vraag waarom we dit maar een keer per jaar doen! Maar het succes is uiteraard ook te danken aan de mensen die de middag verzorgden en daar ben jij er een van. En wat voor een! Met bewondering hebben we niet alleen gekeken, geluisterd en genoten van je muzikale vermogen, maar in het bijzonder van hoe je omging met de kinderen die toch allemaal op de een of andere manier beschadigd zijn door het leven thuis. Jouw niet aflatende enthousiasme, je geduld, je pedagogische aanpak, daar is maar een woord: GROTE KLASSE! (zijn eigenlijk twee woorden) .
Martin, nogmaals heel veel dank voor je tomeloze inzet!
Namens het bestuur van de Stichting Kidsdag Hoekelum ,
I am so happy to have had etnic music as an optional subject. At the beginning of the year I didn´t know almost anything about the subject and I am so proud to have chose it because we enjoyed all the lessons and we’ve learnt to play different latin basic rythms and always having fun (this point is so important for our teacher!). You will learn to play different percusion instruments, just play, play and play no teorical things, no homeworks.. Do it, open your mind and your ears!!
When I decided to choose Etnic music as an optional course I wasn’t sure about what I was going to learn in this class. I didn’t know if the lesson would be based on the theory or the practice, but I took it anyway because I was very corious about this course
However when I started the course I found it much more interesting than I expected, because from the very first moment we could play latin rythms with different instruments .
On the one hand, when you see yourself being able to play a new instrument from the beginning you become much more interested in the lesson.
On the other hand, I find very nice that all the students from the course have never played any percussion instrument so we can start from the scratch and go forward step by step.
I think this course is very practical for students from the classical department, because we can develope some rhytmical skills that we aren’t used to use in our daily life as classical players.
The knowledges we get in this course can be also very useful for a possible future as music teachers in schools.
Last but not least I would like to add that we all have fun playing latin music in the lesson and we develop a good conscious of a group while we are playing together.
Join the latin music course!!
Les cours sont très intéressant dans le sens où pour moi, ça me permet de me lâcher. Je lâche prise et je ne contrôle pas comme on le fait en musique classique. J’aime ce cours ça r c’est basé pour moi,à nos sens. Pas besoin de réfléchir mais sentir le rythme. Et j’aime beaucoup ce c’est l’origine même de la musique.
Voilà. À demain.
Review Adriaan de Vis/KCB student
Hey Martin ,
Ik laat je even weten dat de percussielessen voor mij enorm verrijkend waren , als freelance muzikant merk ik dat een goede basis percussie en wereldritme enorm heeft bijgedragen aan mijn ervaring als drummer en percussionist ! Al heel snel merkte ik dat ik de basistechnieken die ik ervoor had aangeleerd gekregen kon toepassen in de patronen die je ons aanleert , deze partonen kon ik ook meteen in een salsa-ensemble toepassen en waren zeer praktisch gericht waardoor ik ook meteen in popband of bigband terecht kon ! De lessen zelf gingen er ondanks de mindere groepsindelingen zeer ontspannen aan toe , we hadden tijd om elke week in team te werken en uit te bloeien in wat e het liefst deden, in mijn geval waren dit uiteraard de conga’s ! Hopelijk wordt deze afdeling goed uitgebreid waardoor meerdere studenten de passie die je uitstraalt kunnen opnemen en toepassing in elk genre !!
Dag Martin !
Ik hoop dat al is het beste met jou !
Ik mis zo veel jouw lessen !
Hopelijk leert Adriaan mij nog een beetje 🙂
Ik wou jou zeggen dat de lessen een frisse lucht waren voor mij, maar niet alleen dat.
Jij hebt een talent om de mensen te motiveren en hen te laten lachen tijdens ‘t werken. Die manier om les te geven was perfect voor mij ! Wat een les in pedagogie bovendien voor ons.
Motiveren zonder angst maar toch met goeie resultaat. Ik heb veel geleerd en jij hebt me de zin gegeven om veel te doen om verder te gaan 🙂
Dus een GROTE MERCI voor dat !
Tot in september !
Review Etnic Music
I am Martina Antognozzi, this year I chose as an optional subject “Etnic music”.
I already knew from other students that this could have been a really interesting and nice course.
When I started I was a bit embarrassed, always trying to coordinate hands by reading rhythms, I have to say, I was a bit confusing. Than, under the suggestion of the teacher I left the paper, I was just following by ear and everything became much easier and natural.
It has been also really funny experience sometimes, playing on some Ethnical instruments, trying to built together with other students some basics patterns of folk songs….weird things can happen during one perfomance!
Nice also to have again an initial approac to an instrument that is not the one we are used to.
Many thanks to our teacher Martin Gort who accompanied us to the discovery of this “new” world.
Review Ethnic Music
I am Ana Santisteban and I am doing my second year of master in classic guitar.
In September I chose the optional subject of ethnic music, although at first I was a little scared because I had never touched any percussion instrument and really was not very motivated.
I remember as the first day when my colleagues and I entered in the class a little scared watching each instrument of the room. But there were also a very nice teacher who greeted us enthusiastically, Martin Gort. From the begining, with admirable patience and kindness Martin has brought out the best in everyone
Now we are at the end of the course and I feel sure (like my colleagues) to play congas, bongos, timbales … and trying different types of rhythms. Really our teacher has opened the curiosity to learn and experiment rhythms, and of course, I have applied this to my instrument, helping me to have clarity of rhythm. (Sometimes my guitar teacher has asked to me, how can you keep the rhythm so good now ??)
I suggest all to my colleges of the school to choose this course, we have really learned a lot and it was a great experience.
Ethnic Music Lessons
I’m always sure that I have a great hour in front of me when I’m going to the ethnic music lessons. The atmosphere is so nice and friendly, and Martin’s smile is spreading good vibes to everyone in the room. The course is practically based and we play almost all the time. We usually start the lessons by sitting in a circle with one or two congas each, and together repeating the rhythms that we have learned. Besides congas we are also learning some rhythms on bongos, timbales, guido, clave and shekere.
During the lesson it’s meant that everyone should have tried all of the instruments. The patterns are different on different instruments and together they form a special rhythm. The rhythms we have learned are called songo and tumbao. The first lessons, when almost all of us were on these kinds of instruments, Martin showed us the techniques and we learned some basic rhythms. Gradually we developed the patterns. The goal is that everyone can play the basics on all instruments.
I value the ethnic music course for a lot of reasons. First of all it is such a fun lesson! I’m always leaving the lessons with a happy feeling and with the energy you get when you play with other people and everyone is enjoying it. I also think it is really good and important to do something else than your main instrument, and with other people who also want to learn something new.
In the ethnic music lessons I met a lot of new friends from different departments. Although I didn’t speak with everybody about it, I’m totally sure that we are all very satisfied to have Martin as a teacher. It feels so privileged to learn from someone who really know what he is talking about, and who, at the same time, has the patience to teach us who may never have played before. And who focuses on the joy of playing together.
Etnic music / Leo Ullman
I appreciate a lot your lesson,in your course the atmosphere is very cool,everybody is happy (it’s different than others lessons in the Conservatory) You have a great energy,you are a great teacher,you are a master in your instrument,really !!!!! Sometimes for me,it’s difficult because I am left hand and sometimes the tempo is too fast for me when I have to play for the first time a exercice, it’s difficult for the memory all exercies…But you are great !!!!!!!
Lorentz Lyceum International School Workshop
Thanks again, Martin for this great workshop. It gave a lot of inspiration so I decided to put a few thoughts on paper, for my colleagues mainly, but maybe you can also benefit from this because I looked at the workshop from the particular point of view of the Middel Years Programme.
Observations and considerations based on the Percussion workshop, Artathon Week MYP5, 16 May 2011 by Martin Gort.
What makes a good percussion workshop?
* students show respect to the workshop leader: listen to him and look at him, so no drumming when he explains;
* students listen to each other when they play;
* students keep their focus when to start and stop;
* students relax their shoulders and arms, sit straight up on their chairs when playing;
* students sit next to a player who plays the same instrument;
* students count the number of beats they are supposed to give;
All this helps the group to perform well, makes the percussion sound synchronized and comfortable (this is a term used by Martin)
Furthermore, to give the workshop a pleasant working atmosphere:
* students help to set tables chairs, carry the instruments from car to room v.v. and clean up afterwards;
* students are allowed to relax and divert their attention at regular times;
* teachers are around all the time to help the workshop leader, keep the students focused, and avoid disruption from outside.
How can a workshop like this be linked to the Area of Interaction of Community and Service?
Percussion in a group becomes very powerful when the drummers form an orchestra of instruments (drums, shakers, tambourines, tubes(?)) – then it becomes a community where everyone plays their role and is willing to stick to it as long as it lasts.
The group creates a language of its own, with ‘questions’ and ‘answers’ in the rhythm, loud and soft ‘voices’. If students are willing to serve their new community they will take the orchestra to a higher level. Traditionally, in Africa, taking the orchestra to a higher level is important, because only then soloists will be able to excel and dancers will decide to join.
Only when dancers and percussionists are playing well, singers will join. This will take the community to a climax and give it the power of unity and belonging together.
Students are allowed to change instruments or roles, and some will notice that they are happiest as a base drummer, others would be able to perform short solo. Instruments are switched a few times which will help to experience the different instruments and to become aware that it is important to listen to each other because then students will learn about what’s coming
Remarks on typical features of this age group.
* At the start many tend to sit passively, but Martin got everyone involved easily.
* Coordination of hands and brains.
This age group of students is in their puberty. It means for instance that brains and hands may not synchronize easily. Many have never really played an instrument or are not used to rehearse intensively with all its repetition. Even if they are really willing to perform well, it may not work because the signals from the brain are not translated effectively to the muscles in the arms.
Together with issues of simultaneously listening and looking it can become a real challenge. Students are not to be penalized for this but should be rewarded for doing well. When they realize that by the end of the workshop something great will be performed, they will keep their motivation.
Overall, it would be great if we could give create more integration of the workshops in this Artathon week. Making it a proper MYP week, and a crowning jewel, would definitely start with some reflections on, for instance, Community and Service.
Hope to have another workshop with Martin again next year (as long as you don’t expect me to join in!)