On the concert platform and in front of the class
The Prince Claus Conservatoire is the place for music education. In a welcoming and informal sphere you will acquire a solid theoretical and practical musical grounding, and will have the space to shape your talent. You receive tailor-made preparation for the profession. In addition, you can count on a lot of personal attention and opportunities that you can’t find everywhere, especially in terms of performance opportunities. In four inspiring years you will form the necessary musical skills, knowledge and insight to be able to make a meaningful contribution to national and international musical life.
Everything with us revolves around P.T.E.: Performing, Teaching and Entrepreneurship. This is valid for both teachers and students. If you want to be successful during your study and in the profession, than P.T.E will form your base. Appropriate research by the lectoraat Lifelong Learning suggests, “keep your finger on the pulse for the changes in the profession”. This has direct consequences for the renewal of our curriculum.
Music speaks a universal language and lends itself incomparably well to an international context, for example; a work experience placement/internship in a foreign land, taking part in international programs and exchange projects. As a student of the Prince Claus Conservatoire, you have the possibility to study for a period of time at an institution abroad. The conservatorium has links with thirty excellent conservatories in Europe and the United States of America. These include; the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, de Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, de Sibelius Academie in Helsinki, the Muziekacademie in Prague, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, U.S.A. In addition to these links, the conservatorium has links with other contacts spread over the whole world. Many foreign teachers and guest teachers also give lessons at the conservatoire.
The Prince Claus Conservatoire has a collaborative link with the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague. Amongst other things, this collaboration means that teachers from various departments at the Koninklijk Conservatorium give lessons in Groningen and vice versa. Due to this collaboration, each year talented students from Groningen can be streamed into ‘tweede-fase’ /a Masters degree, in the Hague.
The new Masters degree, which is started after the completion of a Bachelor degree, is being prepared in collaboration with international partners, the Koninklijk Conservatorium, the lectorate Life Long Learning for Musicians and the Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden. It encompasses the new developments in the professional environment of musicians and art educators.
The conservatoire has a student fund and an instrument fund. Students can request money for such things as master classes or other educational activities abroad, or to help purchase or maintain an instrument.