External Perception of Quality

The way people outside the conservatoire (alumni/ representatives from the professional field, Critical Friend or members of examination or visitation panels) look at the quality of the conservatoire and the educational programmes. This external perception is monitored by various instruments which constitute an important source of opportunities for making improvements. These can be directly implemented, serve as input for various external documents (external cycle) and feed into the internal perception of quality.

Instruments used to measure, verify and monitor external perception are:

Visits of accreditation panels produce valuable insights during the visit itself and afterwards in the reports we receive. The conservatoire is above all keen to make use of the internationally recognised procedures, standards and experts. All of the programmes at the Royal Conservatoire have been rated by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). The NVAO’s decisions and its reports for each programme can be found here.

A triennial visitation at departmental level by a Critical Friend. This external expert is an authority within the discipline of the department in question and during a visit of around two days speaks with teachers and students, attends classes, presentations and assessments and formulates a report on his findings. Read an article vice-principle Martin Prchal wrote on the subject here.

Information is gathered about the activities of our students about a year and a half after they have graduates through the Kunstenmonitor (Arts monitor).

(International) External committee members examiners are asked in a survey to give feedback on the quality of the assessment process, the level of the candidate and the degree to which this level corresponds to requirements in working practice.

Feedback on the perception of the quality of the programmes in the contemporary music world can be gathered at departmental level by means of regular meetings of those working in the music field.

The Royal Conservatoire continues to invest in new forms of international activities enabling both artistic standards and educational quality to be compared internationally and thus allow insight to be gained in the quality of the institution.