14 November 2018 | EQAF Paper

Making the move from Quality Assurance to Quality Culture concrete: an example from the field of music

Janneke Ravenhorst, Martin Prchal (Royal Conservatoire, University of the Arts The Hague)

The Royal Conservatoire has been testing and implementing a new quality culture with the aim of linking internal and external quality assurance cycles, as well as connecting educational quality and artistic standards. Experiences show that these concepts can reinforce each other instead of existing side by side.


This point of departure forms the basis for a new view on quality and standards at the Conservatoire. As a result, the essence of the study programmes (artistic standards) is more explicitly tied to educational quality and its monitoring.

This process is further reinforced by connecting the information gathered in both internal and external quality assurance processes, bringing both cycles into balance. The approach provides both the programmes and the Conservatoire as a whole with a tool for a future-proof and permanent form of quality enhancement. This way the Conservatoire moves from working with quality assurance to establishing its own shared quality culture.

This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.

ISSN: 1375-3797 

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