At the Royal Conservatoire, we attach great importance to developing and carrying out practice based research. The lectorates play a crucial role in this. The lectors take a leading role in developing research projects together with students, teachers and external partners. Relevance to the professional practice as well as the constant improvement of the quality of musical training programmes within and outside the conservatoire are always at the core of these projects.

Lectorate ´Music, Education and Society´
The lectorate 'Music, Education & Society' at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague is led by Paul Craenen and focuses on the role and meaning of musical practice in contemporary society.

Music is everywhere, both in public and private sphere. Our relation with music is constantly changing through influences of media, technology and changing cultural values. In cognitive, social and medical science, the attention for music is growing, and leads to new insights into the possibilities of music in education and society. In the arts, there is an increasing exchange between disciplines and many artists follow unique, self-made career paths. Successful musicians often combine many different skills.

Due to this dynamic, higher music education is faced with great challenges. How can professional music education prepare students for a musical culture in a state of flux? Which cultural developments are crucial and should be implemented in the curriculum? Which are the values of musical traditions, niches and specialisations in a globalised world? How can musicians contribute to new collaborations and face the ethical questions that arise from today’s complex society?

The lectorate investigates these questions from the perspective of conservatoires, and supports their ambitions to educate a new generation of musicians that are able to play a meaningful role in the arts, in education and in the cultural field. To fulfil this mission, we choose for a pluralistic research perspective in which artistic, applied and engaged approaches complement each other.

Click here to read more about the lectorate 'Music, Education and Society' and associated research projects and events.

Meetings research group
The research group of the lectorate 'Music, Education & Society' meets every first Thursday evening of the month (these days: online). During these meetings, members of the reseach group give presentations about the progress of their research and related topics. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact Roos Leeflang (r.leeflang@koncon.nl).

    Lectorate 'Research in the Arts'
    The lectorate 'Research in the Arts', led by lector Henk Borgdorff, worked in close collaboration with the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) at Leiden University. Its focus was on strengthening the culture and infrastructure for research within the University of the Arts The Hague, and especially within the Royal Conservatoire. Lector Henk Borgdorff, former academic director of ACPA, steered the third cycle of the University of the Arts and was involved with the development of academic training within the Royal Conservatoire. The two lectorates worked closely together.


    Lector ‘Music, Education & Society’

    Dr. Paul Craenen

    Coordinator Lectorate

    Roos Leeflang