Welcome to the research page of the Lectorate Music, Education & Society at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. This exposition gives an overview and access to all current and finalised research projects supported by the lectorate between 2018 and 2021. News on upcoming research activities and presentations of the lectorate can be found here.

Music education, especially instrumental education, often builds on traditions and the experience of many generations of musicians. At the same time, new insights into the historic, cultural, biological and cognitive fundaments of musical imagination, expression, perception and motoric demand the innovation of musical training, preparation and performance. The research cluster ‘Musical Learning and Performance’ builds a bridge between music education and didactics on the one side, and insights from other knowledge fields that may lead to more informed processes of musical learning and performance on the other.

LECTORATE MUSIC, EDUCATION & SOCIETY

Royal Conservatoire The Hague, 2018-2021

research cluster: MUSICAL LEARNING AND PERFORMANCE

Look again: the performance practice of music written in Italy in the early 18th  century (2021)

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Inês de Avena Braga - Claudio Ribeiro

Keyboard musicianship: creating a methodology (2021)

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Inés Costales

Harnessing Peer Learning by Creating Learning Pods (2021)

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Susan Williams

Theory in Practice. Analysing music theory (2019)

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Suzanne Konings, Jasper Grijpink, Patricia Witte, Santo Militello

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.

The research cluster ‘Making in Music’ investigates how music and sounding art come about and what drives music makers and sound artists today. Special attention goes to research that crosses the traditional barriers between composition, improvisation and performance.

In addition to supporting individual research projects, 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 cluster: MAKING IN MUSIC

Do you want to know more about activities, research meetings and presentations of the lectorate Music, Education and Society? Visit the research webpage of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague or contact Roos Leeflang (coordinator) or Paul Craenen (lector).

Sound spatialisation in live electronic music (2021)

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Ji Youn Kang

Playgrounds: Creative Performer / Performing Creatives (2021)

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Aart Strootman

New Outputs (2021)

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Richard Barrett

The concert hall is by far not the only place where educated musicians can share their music with an audience anymore. Musicians work in neighbourhood projects, schools, hospitals; in the public and virtual space. This calls for a reconsideration of the skills that contemporary musicians need and a critical examination of the discourse that grounds our musical and artistic values. Even in traditional music venues, the public is becoming increasingly diverse and often no longer shares a common cultural repertoire. This poses a challenge to the way early, classical and contemporary repertoire is contextualised, presented and performed. The research cluster ‘Curating Music’ investigates how musicians can interact with today’s audiences and how they can engage with the world from their own artistic identity.

The research projects of the lectorate are organised in three complementary research clusters that embody the societal, artistic and educational mission of the lectorate: Curating Music, Making in Music and Musical Learning and Performance. Each of these clusters brings its own research approaches. The scheme above visualises this diversity in a simplified manner (click to enlarge). Research projects often combine applied, artistic, and socially engaged perspectives, therefore the arrows are in no way exclusive to the associated research cluster but only indicate general perspectives.

research cluster: CURATING MUSIC

The Collective as a Multifunctional Process, Work Format and Artistic Tool (2021)

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Felix Schlarmann

Self-curating the Master Project (2020-21)

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Heloisa Amaral & Paul Craenen

The Promise of Music (2021)

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Paul Craenen

Towards an Aesthetics of Feedback (2021) 

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Paul Craenen

Van Luisterverschil naar Luisterbereidheid (2020, upcoming)

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Paul Craenen