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, from the perspective of higher music education.
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.