The Royal Conservatoire is a highly internationally-oriented institute, with many international students and staff members, and with a curriculum almost entirely offered in English. The Royal Conservatoire is active in numerous alliances and projects around the world, and 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 Royal Conservatoire is active in various European projects, most of which are financed by EU programmes, such as Erasmus+, which promotes and supports student and teacher exchanges. Here below is a list of the Strategic Partnerships and Creative Europe Projects The Royal Conservatoire is, or was, involved with, including information about each of them.

Strategic Partnerships:

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).

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

The new Master's specialisation European Chamber Music Master – ECMAster is a direct result of this project!

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

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

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

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

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

The project aimed at promoting entrepreneurship as an important component of higher music education (HME) programmes; to establish entrepreneurship as a catalyst for curricular innovation in European HME in general and particularly in the partner institutions involved in the project. RENEW will thus contribute to improving the employability of future music graduates through the artistic, pedagogical and entrepreneurial development of higher music education studies.

The Renew partners are:

Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium, Aarhus (DJM)
Hogeschool der Kunsten Den Haag (KC)
Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London (GSMD)
Sibelius Academy of Music (SIBA)
Norges Musikkhøgskole (NMH)
Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC)

Erasmus Capacity Building:


ID N. 2018-1-IT02-KA203-048476
VIOLANET: European Viola da Gamba Network

The VIOLANET aims to develop a European network between universities and institutes of higher musical education to create courses of study for the Viola da Gamba, strengthening the skills of the music students, promoting teaching methodologies and innovative tools for teachers, enhancing cooperation between European university institutes and disseminating music for viola da gamba through concerts, recordings, open classes and conferences.

The Universities and Higher Education Institutes involved are:

School of Music of Fiesole (Italy), as leader
Conservatorio Superior de Música of Vigo (Spain)
Mozarteum University of Salzburg (Austria)
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt of Weimar (Germany)
Koninklijk Conservatorium The Hague (The Netherlands).

General objectives of this Erasmus+ project are:

- design and implement European higher education training paths on the viola da gamba whith ECTS assessment, validation, recognition;

- design and implement transnational exchange and training opportunities for teachers in order to share innovative methodologies and tools for teaching viola da gamba;

- design and realise a digital resource center, for teachers and musician students, aimed to strengthen cooperation and exchange among European universities;

- create a European Network of the Viola da Gamba, able to expand the network of contacts and exchanges among universities and European institutes of high musical education, among teachers and students, musicians and producers of musical instruments, professionals and amateurs;

- promote knowledge, study and interest in sacred music as part of the European cultural heritage in the different local communities.

The target groups will the students and teachers of Viola da Gamba from the Universities and Institutes of Higher Education.


ERASMUS+ project 598825-EPP-1-2018-1-RS-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

Enhancing the digital competencies and entrepreneurship skills of academic musicians in Serbia for culturally more engaged society The DEMUSIS project is a three-year Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education project co-funded by the European Commission's Erasmus+ programme and coordinated by the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade.

DEMUSIS aims and objectives

The Project aims at enhancing entrepreneurial abilities of academic musicians to use technologies artistically, creatively, and responsively in general and cultural context. The objective is to introduce forward looking curricula that will offer sustainable career for musicians and provide them with knowledge, skills and understanding on how to work alone and manage their own career.

DEMUSIS aims to ensure capacity development of Higher Education Institutions to educate culturally engaged professionals willing to participate in the civil society.

There are 3 main project objectives:

1) development of new master programme "Music in digital environment", modernization of existing study programmes in areas of music entrepreneurship and digital competences. E-learning platform, online courses and LoLa system for distant musical performance will encourage the use of digital technologies;

2) continuing professional development for music professionals, aiming at improvement and enhancement of their digital and entrepreneurial skills;

3) strengthening music education in its lessons in citizenship and cultural participation and to bridge the current gap between music higher education institutions and civil society.

DEMUSIS partners

The project consortium is composed of 6 academic and 3 non-academic partners from Serbia and EU:

University of Arts in Belgrade, Faculty of Music, Serbia
University of Novi Sad, Academy of Arts, Serbia
University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Philology and Arts, Serbia
The Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, Netherlands
New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Lithuania
Radio Television Serbia
EIPIX Entertainment
Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC), Brussels, Belgium

For more details, see:

Creative Europe:

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.

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.

Other Projects and Networks:

The Royal Conservatoire is a member of ConNext, an international network which aims at promoting exchanges, development of expertise and curriculum development. Students can also participate in exchange programmes within this network. The ConNext consortium operates on the basis of the ‘ConNext Charter’, which sets out 10 basic principles that are endorsed by all the participating institutes.

The Royal Conservatoire The Hague
The 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
Orpheus Institute in Ghent

On the 9th of July 2019, the steering group of METRIC came together in The Hague to discuss the outcome of the programme of the past three years and to make plans for the future. The meeting was chaired by Martin Prchal, vice-principal of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague.

The institutions listed here below were present at the meeting and aim now to join forces as a network, with the support of AEC, and to the further development the initiatives started during the Erasmus+ project, contributing to give more visibility to improvisation and enhancing its positive effects on the education, as well as contributing to the of the above-mentioned modernization process through the notable effect that improvisation education will have on of the existing curricula.

European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), Brussels

Conservatoire de Paris
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn
Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona
Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London
Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius
Lucerne School of Music
Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
Royal Conservatoire, Antwerp
Sibelius Academy, Helsinki

The European Chamber Music Master - ECMAster is a unique two year joint European programme at master level for pre-existing chamber music ensembles. It is operated by seven leading higher music education institutions all over Europe in close collaboration with ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy), an association of European music universities, conservatoires and festivals with a focus on chamber music.

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.

Contact Information for International Projects

International Relations Coordinator

Elsa Ferreira
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