Case Studies – Long-term outreach and progression programmes

Conservatoires promote progression in the performing arts and bring people together through the arts.

The inclusive origins and nature of conservatoire education

We firmly believe that a career in the performing arts should not be the preserve of the privileged few. At their inception conservatoires were non-elitist to the core; the societal role of the conservatoire is embedded within our DNA. When the first Italian conservatorio appeared around 1560 it was an institution for foundlings and orphans in which music and declamation were the foundation for learning. The Paris Conservatoire is the precursor to our modern conservatoires and, significantly, this was formed in revolutionary Paris in 1795 as part of sweeping social reforms. It set out to train performing artists to the highest professional standards. The Paris model prevailed throughout Europe and the New World in the nineteenth century and Asia in the twentieth.
This fundamental inclusivity continues today.Conservatoires have pre-HE programmes, community outreach projects, and specialist ‘junior’ departments mirroring the ‘senior’ provision. Across the complex diversity and geography of our islands even more children should enjoy access to our specialist conservatoire teaching methods: this is one of our key aims at CUK. This will provide a fairer preparation in the high technical standards needed to qualify for undergraduate programmes at a conservatoire. What’s more, early exposure to conservatoire education benefits everyone, whether or not they develop a life-long interest in the arts and culture. Learning in this way develops many skills and qualities:

• The core ability to collaborate and work as part of a team or an ensemble
• Leadership and self-confidence
• Analytical and problem solving skills
• Communication and presentational skills
• The ability to receive and offer constructive criticism
• Powers of reflection

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