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, amongst other things in the outreach project of ACPA in the city of The Hague, Art-Research_Convergence.

The lectorate 'Music, Education & Society' led by Paul Craenen, 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 three complementary research groups, about which you can read more in this section.

Prof. Dr. Henk Borgdorff
Lector “Research in the Arts”

Dr. Paul Craenen
Lector “Music, Education & Society”

Roos Leeflang
Coordinator Lectorates