Jaco van den Dool (1980) is a lecturer and PhD-candidate at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies. After playing piano from a young age, he auditioned for the Conservatory of Rotterdam in 1998 and obtained a BA in music education 4 years later. He taught general music, private piano lessons and enthusiastically led several big bands and musical productions at high schools in the Netherlands.
During his years as a music teacher he developed a deep interest for music of various cultures in the world. This made him decide to move to Nepal where he worked at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory as a piano teacher and music education trainer. He is currently involved in a training program for Nepali musicians to become music teachers in Kathmandu valley.
Coming back from Asia he studied musicology at the University of Amsterdam and received his MA in the summer of 2011. His passion for music education world wide eventually resulted in a master thesis on errors of transmission of music at music institutes in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, music institutes in the Netherlands are mainly focusing on formal learning strategies and emphasizing the importance of being literate in music, thereby neglecting the informal learning methods of their students.
Inspired by the results of his MA thesis he conducts his PhD research in the field of informal and formal musical learning, not only focusing on the situation in the Netherlands, but also to include musical learning strategies in formal and informal settings in Nepal. By including various musical learning styles in Nepal he strives to contribute to the academic debate on formal and informal learning in a global context.