Welcome to the Global Conservatoire
The Global Conservatoire launched in 2021–22 with eight pilot courses.
The Global Conservatoire is a digital learning environment, or “global classroom,” presented by Manhattan School of Music, the Royal College of Music (London), the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and the program’s newest partner (as of April 2023), the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
The program brings faculty and students from each of the five institutional partners into asynchronous online classrooms, cultivating an international exchange of ideas and allowing students from five conservatories in three different time zones to work at their own pace, completing courses around busy rehearsal and practice schedules.
An ambitious program that will expand each institutional partner’s course offerings and open up a new and flexible world of asynchronous courses against a rich cultural backdrop, the Global Conservatoire launched in 2021–22 with eight pilot courses.
The program’s online curriculum provides access to subjects unique to each partner school.
Students in the Global Conservatoire gain new perspectives on a range of music studies, while never having to leave their home institution. Drawing from the expertise of faculty from each of the program partners, the program’s online curriculum provides access to subjects unique to each partner school. And, although asynchronous to allow maximum flexibility in student and faculty schedules, each course includes synchronous, online sessions to build and deepen the relationship between instructors and students.
The first year or pilot phase of the program offered eight courses in 2021–22 and continues with the Global Conservatoire’s course catalog expanding each year during the partnership’s first five years. The resulting courses will provide students with a diverse choice, with offerings equally apportioned among the five partner schools.
A virtual, transnational academic hub or ‘global college town.’
The Global Conservatoire, which is available to both undergraduate and graduate students, draws on its partners’ wide-ranging background and extensive collaboration in distance learning. By consolidating its partners’ collective experience in the digital realm and unique subject expertise, the Global Conservatoire becomes a groundbreaking flagship program that transcends borders, connecting students from five prominent international conservatories into what will eventually become a virtual, transnational academic hub or ‘global college town.’
ABOUT the Conservatorium van Amsterdam
The Conservatorium van Amsterdam is deeply committed to excellence in education, performance and creative activity and to the cultural enrichment of the larger community. A premier international conservatory, the CvA inspires and empowers highly talented individuals to realize their potential. For this, the CvA offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses in Classical, Jazz and Popular music, a Music in Education Program and the National Program for Young Top Talent. Through this comprehensive offer of genres and courses, the CvA represents a full reflection of the present-day musical landscape. It accordingly plays an active part in shaping national and international musical life, both now and in the future.
We take full advantage of Amsterdam’s excellent learning and performance opportunities, preparing our students to be passionate performers, composers and teachers, and imaginative, effective contributors to the arts and society. In order to achieve this mission, the CvA offers an exceptional teaching staff of international reputation and standing, a curriculum containing state-of-the-art education in every genre and pathway of the present-day musical landscape and close collaboration with renowned national and international musical institutions.
The Conservatorium van Amsterdam prepares some 1250 highly talented students for careers as passionate performers and composers, and as imaginative, effective leaders in the international music scene. Our guiding principle is ‘excellent education’. Our international student body thrives in a supportive atmosphere that encourages excellence, values individuals and welcomes innovation. The CvA inspires the performance, creation and knowledge of great music, while exchange programs, distant learning and entrepreneurial opportunities expand the school’s reach. Every year, hundreds of concerts and community and outreach events take place. The CvA is a steady contributor to the cultural fabric of Amsterdam and an important player on the world stage.
The musical world is always in motion. This has a major impact on the infrastructure, artistic concepts and how we reach out to audiences. The musician of the future will be a specialist who is in full charge of his profession, and who possesses skills beyond his excellence in performance. The CvA follows a clear path through all this: excellence above all. Every element of the musical profession is practiced at a high level; musical craftsmanship, artistic authenticity, but also didactic and entrepreneurial skills. All of this provides graduate CvA students with the best possible starting position for a career in the international music world.
ABOUT Manhattan School of Music
Founded as a community music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today Manhattan School of Music (MSM) is recognized for its 990 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; its innovative curricula and world-renowned artist-teacher faculty that includes musicians from the New York Philharmonic, the Met Orchestra, and the top ranks of the jazz and Broadway communities; and a distinguished community of accomplished, award-winning alumni working at the highest levels of the musical, educational, cultural, and professional worlds.
The School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from its Precollege students through those pursuing doctoral studies. Offering classical, jazz, and musical theatre training, MSM grants a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. True to MSM’s origins as a music school for children, the Precollege program continues to offer superior music instruction to 475 young musicians between the ages of 5 and 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.
ABOUT the Royal College of Music (London)
Founded in 1883, the Royal College of Music (RCM) is a world leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook. Our 900 undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over 55 countries and are taught in a dynamic environment, leaving the RCM to become the outstanding performers, conductors, and composers of the future.
For the sixth consecutive year, the RCM was ranked as the top institution in the UK for Performing Arts in the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2021, and top in Europe for the second year running. RCM was also ranked the top UK conservatoire for music in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and top music conservatoire for overall student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Satisfaction (NSS) Survey according to the Times Higher Education.
RCM professors are leaders in their fields, and, under such expert guidance, RCM students regularly achieve remarkable success around the globe. Among our alumni are composers and performers such as Sir Hubert Parry, Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Lord Lloyd Webber, Rebecca Clarke, Anna Meredith, Clemency Burton-Hill, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Sarah Connolly, Gerald Finley, Sophie Bevan, Louise Alder, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Sir Thomas Allen.
Regular visitors to the RCM include Bernard Haitink, Sir Thomas Allen, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alina Ibragimova, and Lang Lang. Our recent honorary doctorates include Sir Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Bryn Terfel, Steve Reich, and Maxim Vengerov (Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin).
ABOUT the Royal Danish Academy of Music
The Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) is a higher education institution that provides music education at the highest artistic level. The academy benchmarks itself against a number of the leading conservatories and music academies in the world while at the same time collaborating with these institutions to provide students with quality music education.
The academy offers bachelor, master, and advanced postgraduate diploma study programmes taught by a highly specialized faculty in music performance, composition, music production, and music education. The advanced postgraduate diploma programmes allow students to hone and refine their technical skills and artistic mastery, preparing them for prominent and meaningful careers as soloists, ensembles, composers, opera singers, or conductors.
The study environment is highly international and is characterized by a healthy competition-accentuated interaction between the students, Danish and international. The pedagogical approach in teaching activities focuses on each student’s individual development and progress. This is supplemented with projects that allow students to gain valuable real-life experience, both as individual musicians and music industry professionals.
As a metropolitan academy, RDAM has a comprehensive network of national and international cooperation partners in performing arts and related academic disciplines. The academy actively collaborates with several leading Danish cultural institutions, including Copenhagen Phil, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and The Royal Danish Opera. Additionally, RDAM also collaborates with the other artistic higher education institutions under the Ministry of Culture. International cooperation partners include highly regarded artistic networks and education institutions from all over the world. Through these collaborations, RDAM enriches teaching and learning activities and the student’s artistic development.
ABOUT the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
The mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna is one of the world’s largest and most renowned universities for music, theater, and film. Over 3,000 students from more than 70 countries enjoy their education in 115 disciplines in the fields of music, performing arts, science, research, and paedagogics. The mdw’s 25 institutes include the Max Reinhardt Seminar and the Vienna Film Academy.
Global Conservatoire in the Digital Age (GLOCODA) is an Erasmus+ project financed with support from the European Commission.
GLOCODA is part of Global Conservatoire, a digital collaboration between five partner institutions: The Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM), Royal College of Music (RCM), Manhattan School of Music (MSM), University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw), and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.