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). The Royal Conservatoire is also a proud founder and member of ConNext, an international network formed by music universities strongly united by a shared vision to connect musicians, music enablers and researchers, and which advocates for shared leadership.

International Networks and Projects:

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
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
Haute école de musique Genève – Neuchâtel
USC Thornton School of Music
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London

The project ‘Modernising European Higher Music Education through Improvisation – METRIC’ (2015-2018) was developed with the support of Erasmus+ funds under the coordination of the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn and in cooperation with The Royal Conservatoire The Hague 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.

On the 9th of July 2019, the steering group of METRIC met once more in The Hague to discuss the outcome of the programme of the past three years and to make plans for the future.

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

ECMA is the European Chamber Music Academy, which has been providing proving grounds for young professional chamber music ensembles for 16 years, and of which The Royal Conservatoire The Hague is a proud and active member. Top-flight European music schools and leading festivals, across Europe and all the way to Shangai, cooperate in the ECMA training and career-building programme. During two years of advanced training with a total of eight one-week sessions per year and with a regular academic variant beginning in 2019 in the form of the ECMAster programme, participating ensembles receive intensive support from renowned tutors in the cultural contexts of the countries where their work takes place.

The European Chamber Music Master - ECMAster - is a unique two year joint European programme at master level for pre-existing chamber music ensembles. This programme it is operated by seven European ECMA leading higher music education institutions.

Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst - Austria, Vienna
Grafenegg Kulturbetriebsgesellschaft m.b.H. - Austria, Grafenegg
Shanghai Conservatory of Music - China, Shanghai
Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium - Denmark, Copenhagen
Conservatoire national supérieur de musique - France, Paris
Scuola di Musica di Fiesole – Fondazione Onlus - Italy, Fiesole
Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija - Lithuania, Vilnius
Norges musikkhøgskole - Norway, Oslo
Hochschule der Künste - Switzerland, Bern
Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag - The Netherlands, The Hague
Royal Northern College of Music - United Kingdom, Manchester

First initiated in 2006, ICON (Innovative Conservatoire) is an international collaboration that brings together teachers from music conservatoires to share and explore practice, reflect, research and innovate. ICON organises tailor-made professional development seminars for conservatoire teachers, and is designed to stimulate knowledge exchange and collaborative reflective practice. The project has been coordinated by the Royal Conservatoire since 2018 and organises meetings for teachers several times a year to discuss and explore relevant current themes. Seminars focus on key themes: effective one-to-one teaching, small group and master class teaching; the role of coaching/mentoring in music education; the artist in society and artists citizenship; improvisation and creativity; the art of practising; presence and performance; using assessment and feedback for learning; health and well-being; and approaches to reflection and practice-based research. Working forms used in the seminars demonstrate a unique approach to reflective practice and integrate practical exploration and processes of illuminating tacit knowledge through reflection.

In association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, The Royal Conservatoire also organises ICONgo seminars. During these hands-on sessions, teachers from all three conservatoires get the opportunity to increase their expertise with an international dimension, and with the help of experts from abroad.

The International Benchmarking Exercise (IBE) project has been initiated by The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester in 2011 with six partners from Europe, North America, the Far East and Australia. All partners joined the project because they were interested in finding out what they are good at and what they can improve. The project has provided very useful management information about, e.g. the composition of the curricula or about the total amount of teaching hours allocated to one-to-one instrumental and vocal tuition, a subject often addressed by teachers. The Royal Conservatoire The Hague is a partner of this project together with:

Royal Northern College of Music, UK
Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, Switzerland
New England Conservatory, USA
Norwegian Academy of Music, Norway
Sydney Conservatorium, Australia
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria
College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand

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:


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:

Koninklijk Conservatorium The Hague (The Netherlands)
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)
Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon (France)

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.

The Royal Conservatoire was a partner in the ‘Kodály Hub’ Erasmus+ project. The core of this project, which took place from 2016 until 2019, was 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 was developed. The project was coordinated by the Liszt Academy Budapest and receives funding from the ERASMUS+ programme as a Strategic Partnership. The other partners in this project were 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, together with the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, are:

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

NAIP European Master of Music

The NAIP collaboration has been active in curriculum development projects along with associated partners, and received funding from the Erasmus+ Programme for the activities. Before the launch of the new Erasmus+ Programme in 2014 the consortium received numerous grants Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme to fund the NAIP Intensive Programmes, which have been held since 2009.

Between 2014 and 2016 a two year Erasmus+ strategic partnership was created and funded under the name “NAIP: Innovation in Higher Music Education”. It aimed at the modernisation of curricula, and teaching and learning approaches in higher music education through a further development of the European Music Master for New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP). Besides the official Erasmus+ strategic partnership partners, the other partners participated in the project as external evaluators and helped with disseminating the project’s results.

The European Master of Music for New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP) programme was then developed to address issues such as the enhancement of personal skills, self-confidence, community engagement, collaboration skills, knowledge of diverse styles in music, improvisation, peer evaluation, reflection etc., now increasingly known as creative collaborative learning, as well as the fact that higher education, needs to aim more and more at personal strength, experience and adaptability, instead of just supplying information and training.

The strategic partnership focused on developing new content and sustainable structures for the NAIP training programme in terms of curriculum, mobility and recognition. It developed expertise in the field of new audiences & innovative practice, especially with regards to the pedagogical knowledge and skills of the NAIP teachers, as well as to strengthen the position of the NAIP philosophy in regular training programmes.

In 2016, the NAIP collaboration initiated a new Strategic Partnership, funded by the Erasmus+ programme with the title NAIP: Training Artists Without Borders. The project started in autumn 2016 and will finish in autumn 2018. This project aimed at the modernisation of curricula and learning environment, through an interdisciplinary dialogue between higher education in music and performing arts, and it presented opportunities offered by cross-border and cross-art collaboration as a tool for curricular innovation, with active participation of academics and students in the field of music and performing arts, as well as players from the professional field.

In today’s professional environment of artists, the boundaries between subjects of art are becoming more and more blurred. As it is now apparent that interdisciplinary skills are an inseparable part of working in the professional environment of music and performing arts, the higher education institutions must respond to the students' needs to train in a cross-art learning environment. This project responded directly to this need, offering both teachers and students the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary discourse and activities. It also gave rise to the creation of a bank of resources which is available to the date on the official NAIP website and the Music Master New Audiences and Innovative Practice, which is offered by the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. For more information regarding the Master at our conservatoire click here and for the list of partners follow this link.

Erasmus Capacity Building:


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:

The Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, Netherlands
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
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 please visit the website.

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.

ECMA PRO project summary

The general aim of the ECMA PRO project is to support young ensembles in the development of their international careers and develop new performance formats.

For this purpose, the project involves non-educational partners such as music festivals and concert venues. Furthermore, a long-term goal is to develop and consolidate the function of ECMA as an interlocutor between institutions, ensembles and concert venues.

The overall aims and objectives of the project are the following:

  1. To enhance transnational mobility of artists within the area of chamber music by testing and organising show cases that will support young ensembles with their international career development
  2. To strengthen the social relevance and to raise consciousness of the social responsibility of artists as individuals, and to deepen the relationship between musicians and their audience by addressing issues regarding audience development in both traditional and non-traditional performance venues in the area of chamber music
  3. To foster capacity building in the area of chamber music with regards to career skills training, education and training, audience development and societal outreach
  4. To enhance digitisation and encourage students and teachers to use new technologies by developing an online learning platform for career skills training, a digital switchboard to facilitate contacts between concert operators and chamber music ensembles, and a bank of exercises of educational materials for chamber music education.

Many of the project activities will take place during existing ECMA sessions that are being organised in various institutions in different European countries on an annual basis. These ECMA sessions will be enhanced through the ECMA PRO activities addressing international career development, career skills training and audience development activities. In total 18 of such ‘enhanced ECMA sessions’ will take place over the course of the project.

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.

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