Sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas, handing over experience to a new generation.
Born and raised in a family of teachers education has always been an important element in van Merwijk’s professional life. First teaching amateurs (at several music schools and until 2016 at PierK near Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands), then giving masterclasses with the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet and finally when he felt adequately prepared at the Academies of Music in Amsterdam (CVA; saxophone and saxophone methodics) and Utrecht (arranging).
Van Merwijk wrote a saxophone method with his colleagues van der Linden and Arends (The Aurelia Saxophone Method, 4 Vol.) and arranged and composed for amateurs and amateur groups, such as the parallel ensembles to the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Young NBE and the YoungYoung NBE.
In the educational program of the NBE van Merwijk plays an important role, coaching young talents. He also participated in High School projects of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet.
At present van Merwijk is professor at the Amsterdams Conservatorium (saxophone & saxophone methodics, classical department & Young Talent Academy, Bachelors and Masters, assistant of Prof. Arno Bornkamp) and professor of arranging at the Utrechts Conservatorium (classical department, Bachelors and Masters).