I am Master of Science (MSc) in Educational Studies (KU Leuven), did a postgraduate program in Systems Therapy (KU Leuven), an Erasmus program (University Leiden) and studied jazz guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Now I work as a PhD researcher at LUCA School of Arts – KU Leuven.
PhD: ‘Throw them in the deep end.’ Towards a non-idiomatic form of improvisation in the light of a holistic design approach to learning.
Promotor: Prof. Dr. Thomas De Baets (KU Leuven), co-promotor: Dr. Luc Nijs ( Ghent University).

Abstract

Research shows that the most valued elements of an expert (jazz) improvisation, like, ’proper voice’, ‘self-regulation’, ‘spontaneity’ and ‘creative freedom’ are barely explicitly covered in present day jazz pedagogy. In this project we research how these aspects could be more explicitly dealt with in formal artistic and educational practice. We draw on findings from a non-formal, participatory music project (TOSO) to elaborate on the relationship between the interactive dimensions of collective group improvisations (MacDonald 2012), collaborative creativity (Bishop 2018) and the concept of Participatory Sense Making (De Jaegher & Di Paolo 2007). This project fosters the emergence of an educational approach that may have the potential to enrich formal music educational practices. In a second phase, we will develop a Balance Model for improvisation, in which the acquiring of basic skills goes hand in hand with the acquiring of creative freedom and intuition.

Research topics:

(jazz) improvisation, music education, collaborative creativity, community music.


Publications


Forthcoming/in preparation 

Verneert, F.,  Nijs, L. & De Baets, T. (2021) (abstract for Frontiers topic accepted). A space for collaborative creativity. How collective improvising shapes ‘a sense of belonging. Frontiers in Education. Research Topic on Eudaimonia and music learning.

Verneert, F. (2021). Improvisatie als collaborative practice. In: De Vugt & De Baets (Eds.) muziekpedagogiek in beweging.

Verneert, F. & De Baets, T. (Eds.) (2021). Folk, muziek & educatie (working title), Book.

Journal articles 

Verneert, F., Nijs, L. (2020). ‘Ook het kunstonderwijs heeft nood aan digitale geletterdheid’. Knack Magazine.

Verneert, F., Fraeyman, E. (2020). Folkmuziek leer je niet van partituren. Folk, 27-28.

Books 

Verneert, F., Declerq, G. (2020). De JazzBoom. Over een eeuw groei en snoei van de Jazz. Belgium: Muziekmozaïek vzw. ISBN: 9789080860179.

Abstracts/Presentations/Posters

Stijnen, J., Verneert, F. (2019). Differentiating instrumental improvisation according to creativity styles. In: Music Schools – Masters of Collaboration?, (22-22). Presented at the 2nd European Music School Symposium, University of Music & Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria, 10 Oct 2019-11 Oct 2019. (professional oriented)

Verneert, F., De Baets, T. (2019). A non-idiomatic form of (jazz) improvisation in music education. In: The School I’D Like. Music Education Meeting The Needs Of Children And Young People Today.. Presented at the EAS conference, Malmö, Sweden, 15 May 2019-18 May 2019. (professional oriented)

Verneert, F. (2019). ‘Throw them in the deep end’ A creative framework for (jazz) improvisation with children. In: Bodily experiences in musical reading, (43-43). Presented at the MERYC Counterpoint of the senses, University of Ghent De Krook, 26 Mar 2019-30 Mar 2019. (professional oriented)

Verneert, F. (2019). ‘Throw them in the deep end’ Naar een model voor niet-idiomatische (jazz) improvisatie. Presented at the School loves onderzoek, Thurn & Taxis Brussel, 02 Feb 2019-02 Feb 2019. (professional oriented)

Newspaper articles

Verneert, F. (2020). Artistieke vorming, het begin van de wijsheid. De Standaard.

Verneert, F., De Bisschop, A., Van Den Berg, A. (2020). Beste burgemeesters, maak verbeelding weer mogelijk! De Standaard.

Verneert, F. (2012). De kleine Folkpodia. Open Brief. De Morgen 27 maart 2012. Open Access

Verneert, F. (2013). Jazz is voor iedereen. Gastcolumn. Festivalkrant Gent Jazz.

Creations in the Arts 

Verneert, F. with Vanderaspoilden, S. (editor), Coopmans, F. (editor), -Smolders, L. (editor) Het Kot is van Ons! 39 Folk & Jazz compositions. (Composition). 18 Dec 2020.

Duyck, I., Maris, B., Barcella, G., Verneert, F. The Ostend Street Orkestra TOSO. (Performance). Venue: Vooruit Ghent Belgium, 04 Mar 2020.

Other

Verneert, F. (2020). Pleidooi voor kleinschalige jazzconcerten. Jazz&Mo’, 13. (URL)
Verneert, F. (2020). Muzikanten aan de macht! Jazz&Mo’, 12. (URL)
Verneert, F. (2020). Over identiteit en territorialiteit in de Jazz. Jazz&Mo’, 11. (URL)
Verneert, F. (2019). Mooi zijn of verwonderen? Jazz&Mo’, 10
Verneert, F. (2019). Enkele gedachten over improvisatie. Jazz&mo’, 01.
Verneert, F. (2019). Jam on! Jazz&mo’, 03. (URL)
Verneert, F. (2018). Over vrouwen, mannen en Jazz. Jazz & Mo’, 02.
Verneert, F. (2018). It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it. Jazz&mo’.
Verneert, F. (2018). Ode aan de gitaar. Jazz&mo’, 03.
Verneert, F. (2018). Homemade curry. Jazz&mo’, 04.
Verneert, F. (2017). Vrijheid (over improvisatie in Jazz). Jazz&mo’, 04.
Verneert, F. (2016). ’t Ey, tekst academische zitting. ‘t Eyschrift.
Verneert, F. (2010). Een Epifanie van de Mens, over het werk van beeldend kunstenaar Hervé Martijn. Catalogus Art Gallery Lefevere.