Young musicians at the conservatoire: talent or attainment

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


    Young musicians at the conservatoire: talent or attainment? The mastery of a music instrument comes after many hours of practice: on the average 10,000. It should therefore be no surprise that most great musicians started their studies at an early age. Moreover, the technical achievement of playing a musical instrument is equivalent to that of sport: the development of coordination takes place more quickly at an early age. Nevertheless, an early start and many hours of practice are no guarantee for success. The development of musicianship goes far beyond the control of complex and demanding movement patterns. The aim of the Young Talent Class at the Prince Claus Conservatoire is therefore to combine in-depth study of the instrument with a broad study of music and musicianship. Subjects previously offered only at conservatoire level, are now being implemented in the Young Talent Class. As the number of Young Talent Class participants entering the conservatoire increases, regular students are being challenged to perform at this higher level. In the field of instrumental training itself, students are being challenged to develop a wide range of musical skills, learning to interpret the score, to understand music and musical style, to become aware of musical parameters and the possibilities and limitations of the instrument in realizing them. Students learn to make technical and musical choices themselves, based on knowledge of the instrument, knowledge of themselves and of the music.
    Period5 Oct 2012
    Event title International Conference on Evoking Excellence in Higher Education and Beyond 2012
    Event typeConference
    LocationGroningen, NetherlandsShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionRegional


    • conservatoire
    • excellence
    • young talent
    • curriculum innovation
    • music education