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' 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 a constantly developing culture. 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 ‘makers in music’ 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 that is constantly changing? 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. The lectorate facilitates a research group consisting of three complementary research clusters, which are based on the following model:

Click here for more information about the research cluster 'Musical Learning and Performance', click here for more information about the research cluster 'Making in Music', and click here for more information about the research cluster 'Curating Music'.

Meetings research group
The research group of the lectorate 'Music, Education & Society' meets regularly (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, for instance because you are interested in one of the clusters or topics, please contact Roos Leeflang (r.leeflang@koncon.nl). The upcoming meetings are:

  • Tuesday 3 November 2020, 13:30 - 17:00: seminar NEW INPUTS (focus on Making in Music)

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


Lector ‘Music, Education & Society’

Dr. Paul Craenen

Lector ‘Research in the Arts’

Prof. Dr. Henk Borgdorff

Coordinator Lectorate

Roos Leeflang