TROMP Educational projects

Rhythm connects us all, everywhere in the world!

Explore the world of percussion in our educational projects for composition students, college students and children.

TROMP is committed to the development of repertoire and the recruitment of young talent.  During the competition and festival, but also in the period in between, TROMP offers versatile educational projects that are focused on percussion, rhythm and making music. We offer turn key projects or customized concepts, both at school or in the concert hall, and ranging from projects for primary or secondary education to master classes and a composition competition for professional compostion and percussion students.

View existing projects here, or contact us to discuss new ideas!

School in the Eindhoven area can visit the Cultuurstation website for more information and contact.

For educational activities in primary and secundary education TROMP works with local partners CKE, Culturix, Cultuurstation, Fort van de Verbeelding, Kekketek, Percussion Friends and philharmonie zuidnederland. For master classes and the compostition competition, TROMP is  part of a professional international network of teachers, performers and conservatoires.

Educational projects

Primary education:

Secondary education / college students:

Composition Students:

Contact the TROMP Office for more information about these projects and availability.

The Schoolyard Orchestra

primary education

The TROMP Homemade Schoolyard Orchestra is a project open to all groups of primary education (including toddlers). It is a musical event that is designed to fit in with the character of the school. A challenging project as part of the TROMP Festival. A musical celebration for children, teachers and visitors.

The project will take place at the school and involve the students making music with unusual instruments. A common characteristic of all the instruments used is their accessibility: children do not need any prior musical skills in order to take part. The workshop teachers will provide cement tubs, tuned scaffolding pipes, tuned beer bottles, shakers, tubes and boards. These will be combined with singing, rapping, clapping and stamping. Each group will be given a total of two hours of (music) lessons; first as individual groups and later together with other groups. In conclusion, all participants will join forces in a schoolyard concert for an audience of parents, neighbours and friends. This will be theatrical in nature and will make use of the possibilities of the specific location.

Two workshop teachers will set to work at each school, supported by Fort van de Verbeelding, which presented the community art project Fanfare Dakar Eindhoven in 2010 as part of the TROMP Festival.

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Body Boem Big Band

primary education

The workshop leaders of Fort van de Verbeelding divide the school into the lower, middle and upper levels. The children sing, rap and play body beats. At the end of the day they the entire school forms an imaginative orchestra, from groups 1 to 8, for anyone wanting to come and see.

The Body Boem Big Band can be organised as the perfect follow-up to the Schoolyard Orchestra, in which we further develop the enthusiasm for music. The emphasis is now on body percussion and vocals, without the obstacle of instruments.

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Beat Tunes

primary education

This project by Fort van de Verbeelding, commissioned by TROMP, takes a whole day. In the two weeks prior to that, children and their teacher practice the online BeatTunes material in the classroom. The lower, middle and upper classes all have their own instruments, such as the Spoon, the Shizzle and the Beat tin, which they make from waste materials beforehand.

Beat Tunes can be the perfect follow-up to the Body Boem Big Band and The Schoolyard Orchestra. The emphasis is now on self-made rhythm instruments and online preparation in the classroom.

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Drum je vrij!

primary education

Freedom is a hot topic at the moment, with refugees and freedom of speech. Language often plays an important role in the matter. Music, and above all percussion, is an ancient language that everyone can speak and understand without much difficulty. The educational project Drum je vrij! by Percussion Friends in collaboration with TROMP, connects, stimulates cooperation and provides insight into other cultures.

During the lessons in this project, children listen to and play music from different continents, with a lot of attention to learning the basic skills of making music. In three blocks of approx. 90 minutes (on different days) the percussion culture of three continents is discussed: Asia, Africa and South America. There is also an optional fourth block with a final concert.

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primary education

TROMP 2018 featured a live show full of action and reaction and many beautiful listening moments with music by fantastic composers such as Ravel, Shostakovich and Kabalevsky. The concert let primary school students dicover the challenging world of the great classical symphony orchestra and the rhythmic drive of Percossa. Because these young visitors actively contributed to the concert, a good musical preparation at school was an absolute condition. Digital teaching material consisted of short films by the conductor and the Percossa percussionists: singing along with the song Uptown Funk and the tune of the quiz, or moving along with body percussion.

In preparation for the philharmonie zuidnederland concert with Percossa in the TROMP 2018 festival, Percussion Friends gave extra workshops with the various possibilities of percussion and body percussion. This Percussion Friends programme at school was a short version of the Drum je vrij! educational project. The concert of philharmonie zuidnederland with Percossa was a spectacular conclusion, to which the students made an active contribution.

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secondary education / college students

In November 2013, students from three schools started the Trompbot project. In total, nearly 100 students of the Dr. Knippenberg college (Helmond), Jeroen Bosch College (Den Bosch) and D'Oultremont College (Drunen) were building a drum robot. In 2014, VMBO students also had the opportunity to engage with music through a technology project: two classes of the Fioretti College also built their TROMPbots.

The students accepted an impressive challenge: ‘Construct a drum robot, make a percussion instrument, compose a rhythm for multiple percussion instruments and programme a combined performance together.’ 

Curious about the results of this project? Visit the website or download this short video to get an impression.

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TROMP Youth Jury

secondary education / college students

College students from the Lorentz Casimir Lyceum in Eindhoven choose their own winner during the TROMP competition. Five students form the youth jury and get instructions from the chairman of the international expert jury. They follow the participants throughout the competition and write a jury report for each candidate. In the Finale the youth jury awards their winner with 'The Annelie', worth € 1.000 made available by the Friends of TROMP.

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TROMP composition competition

composition students

Composing for percussion can be described as a unique art form. Young composers studying at the Dutch conservatories take on the challenge of writing a brand new piece for percussion. All entries will be performed by fellow students during TROMP and an expert jury selects a winner. You could call it the ultimate in being at the forefront of new music.

Jury TROMP Composition Competition 2018:

Marijn ten Harmsen van der Beek (chairman), Mayke Nas (composer), Bert Palinckx (director November Music), Davo van Peursen (director Donemus Publishing), Janco Verduin (composer)


Leon Haxby (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) - Splat-The-Rat

  • I. Who Even Needs Trees Anyway?
  • II. Four-Hoofed McMonsters
  • III. The Corporate Menace

Performers: Bence Csepeli, Yifan Du, Elias Blanco del Prado, Dàniel Bolba Agostinho Sequeira, Nicolò Foron (conductor)

Karmit Fadael (Royal Conservatoire The Hague) - Paringsdans
Performers: Antoine Josselin, José Silva

Eveline Vervliet (Fontys AMPA Tilburg) - Spiegel #2
Performers: Ines Lacerda, Pedro Paixao, Leonardo Cavalho, Stan van Rixtel

Simon Knighton (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) - Seven Stages of Man

  • I. Infancy
  • II. Schoolboy
  • III. Teenager
  • IV. Soldier
  • V. Justice
  • VI. Old Age
  • VII. San Teeth, Sans Eyes, San Everything

Performers: Yifan Du, Kobus Prins, Sekou van Heusden & David Kuijken (piano)

More information about the Composition Competition in TROMP 2018.

Photo: Karmit Fadael, winner of the composition competition 2018

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