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A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDERS

It's hard for us to explain quite how much music has enriched our lives. It has filled gaps in, added to, intensified and amplified our joyfulness every day since we began playing.

We started The eAr Academy to spread that joy. Our one purpose is to enrich people's lives through music.

At the heart of The eAr is our belief that learning music should be playful. The more you love to learn, the more you'll want to learn.

We set out to design courses that are accessible and enjoyable, and that encompass more of music's magic. We know this will make you a more complete musician, and a more enriched music lover.

Hein Van de Geyn and Rus Nerwich

Our Philosophy

What's in our name?

For us, elevating the quality of music education serves a higher purpose, which is about spreading and sharing the joy of music, and enriching people’s lives through it.

So the intention and nature of our courses is fully student-centred. We think this approach is the one that you’ll get the most joy from. That way, you’ll naturally learn more and play better.

Even our name is student-focused. Though we came to it retroactively, we’ve made eAr an acronym for Exceptional Auditory Receptors - by which we're not just referring to the weird things on the sides of our heads, but to all human beings. Our species has a unique capacity to feel, enjoy, engage with and create music. Animals may have better hearing than us, but you don’t see them receiving and responding to music the way humans do.

That’s why our courses are designed for people, not parrots. For us, it’s not enough to produce students who can read and play music; we want you to really hear and feel it.

Our Philosophy

What's in our name?

Elevating the quality of music education isn’t an end in itself. For us, it serves a higher purpose, which is about spreading and sharing the joy of music, and enriching people’s lives through it.

So the intention and nature of our courses is fully student-centred. We think this approach is the one that you’ll get the most joy from. That way, you’ll naturally learn more and play better.

Even our name is student-focused. Retroactively, we’ve made eAr an acronym for Exceptional Auditory Receptors – by which we’re not just referring to the weird things on the sides of our heads, but to all human beings. Our species has a unique capacity to feel, enjoy, engage with and create music. Animals may have better hearing than us, but you don’t see them receiving and responding to music the way humans do.

That’s why our courses and classes are designed for people, not parrots. For us, it’s not enough to produce students who can read and play music; we want you to really hear and feel it.

Our Founders

Hein Van de Geyn

Hein is an award-winning double bassist, producer, composer, author and educator. He’s played around the world, with the best in the world, including Chet Baker and Dee Dee Bridgewater. He founded his own record label and produced most of its 160 titles. He’s taught at The Royal Conservatory in the Netherlands and was artistic director at Codarts University of The Arts in Rotterdam. He’s also written various works on music teaching and education, including a 950-page comprehensive bass method that’s considered definitive in its field.

Rus Nerwich

Rus is a saxophonist, composer and producer. He is regarded as one of South Africa’s most creative and prolific recording and performing artists, having released seven solo albums and a host of collaborative recordings, exploring an unusually wide range of genres and styles. He has been equally active as an entrepreneur: in 2005, he founded what became a premier booking agency, Tones of Note, and in 2012 he founded the Woodstock Academy of Music.