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)

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

European projects

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. 

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