Research in the Conservatoire

Exploring the Middle Ground

Henk Borgdorff, Michiel Schuijer
In this essay one shall try to establish a clear theoretical frame allowing us to evaluate the status and content of research in conservatoires. The first part addresses three questions: (1) How should research be integrated into a conservatoire curriculum? (2) What kind of music research are we talking about? (3) What research skills should be covered at the bachelors, masters and third-cycle levels, and what kinds of research can be done by teaching staff? The second part examines the content and organisation of research in masters programmes for musicians, illustrated by three case examples.

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