International partnerships
The Royal Conservatoire is a highly internationally-oriented institute. Many overseas students study here and there are many international teachers. Almost the entire curriculum is offered in English. The Conservatoire is also active in numerous international alliances and projects.

The Royal Conservatoire is part of the international ConNext network, which is made up of eight conservatories from around the world (Royal Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Schulich School of Music, McGill University in Montreal, Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore and the Orpheus Institute in Ghent). The aim of the network is to promote student and staff exchanges, expertise and curriculum development. ConNext has drafted a ‘ConNext Charter’, which has been signed by the managements of the eight institutes and sets out the ten basic principles endorsed by all of the participating institutes.

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European projects

The regular student and teacher exchanges take place on the basis of the ERASMUS+ programme. The Royal Conservatoire also participates in various European projects, most of which are financed by EU programmes.

In addition to these projects and activities, the Royal Conservatoire is a member of various European and international associations including the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), the European Association of Music in Schools (EAS), the International Music + Media Centre (IMZ), the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ), and the Audio Engineering Society (AES).

European projects

The list of projects in which the Royal Conservatoire is or has been involved includes the following.

In the period 2011-2014 the Royal Conservatoire coordinated the large ERASMUS Network for Music ‘Polifonia’. in association with the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC). ‘Polifonia’ is the largest European project for higher education in music to date and covered various relevant subjects such as employability, assessment and appraisal, development of joint programmes, exchange of external examiners, external quality assurance and accreditation and research in conservatories. The results of ‘Polifonia’ can be found on its website www.polifonia-tn.org.

The Royal Conservatoire is a partner in the ‘ECMA – Next Step’ (2015-2018) project. This is a joint venture with conservatories and festivals in Vienna, Manchester, Paris, Vilnius, Fiesole, Prague, Grafenegg and Oslo. The project focuses on curriculum development and promoting intensive cooperation in the field of chamber music in association with the European Chamber Music Academy – ECMA. The project is coordinated by the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and receives funding from the ERASMUS+ programme as a Strategic Partnership.

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The Royal Conservatoire is also a partner in the ‘Vox Early Music’ (2015-2018) project with conservatories in Bucharest, Parma, Eisenstadt and Vicenza. This project is dedicated to curriculum development and promoting intensive cooperation in the field of early music singing and is coordinated by the National University of Music in Bucharest and funded by the ERASMUS+ programme as a Strategic Partnership.

In the project ‘Modernising European Higher Music Education through Improvisation – METRIC’ (2015-2018) we are working with conservatories in Tallinn, Paris, Vilnius, London, Helsinki, Oslo, Bucharest, Barcelona, Leipzig, Antwerp, Glasgow and Gothenburg. The project is devoted to curriculum development and intensifying cooperation in the field of improvisation with the aim of establishing a European Master’s programme in improvisation. The project is coordinated by the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn and financed by the ERASMUS+ programme as a Strategic Partnership.

The Royal Conservatoire has formed an intensive partnership with the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) as part of the ‘EUBO Mobile Baroque Academy – EMBA’ project. In the course of this project we organise joint performances with the EUBO and master classes in early music at conservatories in Central and Eastern Europe through visits by teachers and via online courses. The project is for four years and is supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe Programme.

The Royal Conservatoire is a member of Innovative Conservatoire (ICON), an international group of institutes coordinated by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, which organises meetings for teachers several times a year to discuss relevant current themes. Subjects addressed include assessment, 1-on-1 teaching and research. In the spring of 2015 the Royal Conservatoire organised a so-called ICONgo seminar, exclusively for its own teachers, with the participation of experts from abroad.

The Royal Conservatoire is partner in the ‘Kodály Hub’ Erasmus+ project. The core of this project, which takes place from 2016 until 2019, is the development of an online database. This database will hold, amongst other things, 900 songs, teaching materials, classroom techniques, and background information concerning music education through the Kodály methodology. Besides this database, a curriculum for Kodály-inspired teacher training programmes is developed. The project is coordinated by the Liszt Academy Budapest and receives funding from the ERASMUS+ programme as a Strategic Partnership. The other partners in this project are the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, NYCOS, Vocaal Talent Nederland and Kós Károly (Hongarian primary school).

Composer Collider Europe – CCE is the name of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague new project, granted by the Creative Europe Programme. The project includes a series of transnational activities for composition students / alumni from three partner universities, offering them the opportunity to cooperate with professional composers / professors and Ensemble Musikfabrik.

An important outcome of the METRIC project has been the development and establishment of three Joint European Modules in the area of improvisation.

In European cooperation in higher education, Joint European Modules are constructed in such a way that institutions coordinate the content of a particular course and let teachers travel to the various institutions to provide tuition. Whereas in joint programmes the students travel from institution to institution, in joint European modules the teachers are the ones travelling with the students staying in their home institutions to follow a course of which the content has been aligned among the participating institutions.

In the course of the METRIC project, three sub-groups of the Working Group on Joint Modules were formed, which developed three joint modules, one in the area of contemporary improvisation, one in tonal improvisation and one in ensemble improvisation. These modules are the following:


  • The European Joint Module ‘International Collaboration in Contemporary Improvisation’ with the Eesti Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia (EMTA), Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC), Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija (LMTA) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS).
  • The European Joint Module ‘Improvisation: from Score to Creation’ with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama London, the Royal Conservatoire The Hague and the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp.
  • The European Joint Module ‘The Improvising Classical Ensemble’ with the Norwegian Academy of Music Oslo and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.



During the course of the project, the sub-group worked on the course content, course objectives, and agreements were made on the level of the course, the number of students and the schedule, the working forms, and the assessment method and grading. Practical arrangements were also discussed for the participating teachers, who would ideally make use of regular ERASMUS+ mobility grants (STA) to support their travel expenses. Because of the use of ERASMUS+ mobility grants, the modules are sustainable for the future, with the institutions providing financial support for the teaching hours of the teachers.

The European Joint Module ‘International Collaboration in Contemporary Improvisation’ and the European Joint Module ‘Improvisation: from Score to Creation’ will start in September 2018, while the European Joint Module ‘The Improvising Classical Ensemble’ is scheduled to be launched at a later date.

Further information (course content and course descriptions) can be found for each Joint European Module below:

MusiQuE – Music Quality Enhancement

The courses of the Royal Conservatoire are evaluated as part of the Dutch accreditation system by international accreditation organisations, including MusiQuE – Music Quality Enhancement.