© ZOMERACADEMIE 2019 - De VeermanDestelheide & Hanenbos


Maarten Westra Hoekzema AND Martine De Kok

#music #singing #singer songwriting #composing #writing

Go for your own song


How do you construct a song, how do you keep it interesting, how do you tackle a story in a musical way?

What about metre, description, content and structure?

What about song lines, chords, accompaniment and arrangement?

And is one genre "better" than another? Can you really compare Guido Belcanto with Singalong Sam, as it were?


In this workshop you are your own starting point, learning by doing it, going from stutter to stumble to finally arriving at new songs.

Of course it's handy if you can also play an instrument, but you don't have to be a virtuoso or an expert in musical notation. In fact you can very well take part without any instrument: a couple of strong song lines are all you need to create a great ballad.


Creating, singing and making music: that’s it!


​​Maarten Westra Hoekzema (1980) is a Dutch cabaret artist who operates a lot from Antwerp. He graduated from the department kleinkunst (chanson) of the Herman Teirlinck Institute and was then active in all fields of theatre. As an actor (Toneelhuis and de Koe), as a theatre maker, as a songwriter and as a singer. He even wrote a children's series for KETNET in collaboration with Bert van Dael, Sanne Nuyens and Hans Vercauter. There is one unquestionable thread: his love of language and his broad interest in it. 

Martine De Kok (1981) is a multi-talented creative: she makes music, sings, draws, illustrates and various other things. She studied kleinkunst (chanson) at Studio Herman Teirlinck, and later studied piano at the Jazzstudio in Antwerp. As a musician she has played with various bands and artists including Herman van Veen. And with the same passion she writes songs, music and lyrics both for the theatre (FroeFroe, HETGEVOLG, hetpaleis…) and as freelancer (Uitgeverij van In, De Wondere Pluim…).