Research is an important element of every stage of the student’s education at the Royal Conservatoire. First and foremost in the curriculum for the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes and later in the PhD programme offered jointly with the University of Leiden, but also in the research projects of the teachers.

Jaar 2017-2018

Joe Puglia

Petra Somlai

Raviv Ganchrow

Bjarni Gunnarsson

Patrick van Deurzen

Music education, and especially instrumental education, is often building on old traditions and the experience of many generations of musicians. At the same time, the scientific evidence for biological, cognitive and cultural fundaments of musical perception, motoric and imagination is rapidly changing. The research group Fundamentals of Musical Training is building a bridge between the practice of musical education on the one side and the fundaments of musical learning, imagination and communication on the other side. Through experiments, literature research and critical reflection, the research group will suggest alterations and alternatives for existing curricula and will spark interdisciplinary research in the field of musical learning.

Researchers: Susan Williams (and master students), Suzanne Konings (and theory department), Bastiaan van der Waals

Knowledge circle: Joost Vanmaele, Cynthia Liem

What is the origin of a musical idea? Where do we find musical creativity? Who can call himself a ‘musical maker’ nowadays? The barrier between composition, improvisation and performance originated in the 19th century ‘culture of genius’ and became a production model in the 20th century. Since a few years, these musical domains are coming closer again in the context of conservatoires. There is renewed attention for improvisation in the classical and historical departments. In contemporary music, composers become more involved as performers and more intense collaborations between makers, performers and improvisers appear. Artistic collaborations often reach beyond disciplines and lead towards more hybrid creations. The research group Making in Music investigates the question how music comes about and what are driving forces for music makers today. The research group will look for new insights and common grounds that can be implemented in the curricula of various departments within the conservatoire. Research, intervision and artistic experiments are driving forces towards curriculum development.

Researchers: Karst de Jong, Richard Barrett, Bert Mooijman, Anne La Berge, Robert de Bree

Kwowledge circle: Beste Sevindik

The classical concert hall is by far not the only place anymore where educated musicians can share their music with the audience. Musicians work in neighbourhood projects, schools, hospitals, in the public and virtual space. These contexts are asking for a reconsideration of the skills that musicians need. A shared musical foreknowledge of the audience is no longer evident and the importance of experience, personal interaction and social engagement is stronger than ever. The research group Curating Music investigates how musicians can shape communication of and through music and how they can engage with the world and a diverse audience from their own artistic identity.

Researchers: Ilona Sie Dhian Ho, Heloisa Amaral

Knowledge circle: Matthea de Muynck, Beste Sevindik, Erwin Roebroeks