Diana Salazar; Christina Guillaumier

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pp. 127–152


  • English

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26 pages

7. The Global Conservatoire

Towards an Integrated Approach to Developing Twenty-First-Century Artists

This chapter looks beyond surface evaluations of online teaching during the pandemic and considers a new model for online teaching in the conservatoire. We start by recognising recent and significant changes in the external environment for all artists, notably the focus on generating a more sustainable future, the importance (and fragility) of global communities and the role of technology in the arts. While the significance of these aspects for the musician-in-training may not be immediately obvious, we argue that deep engagement with these issues is vital to develop global artistic citizens for the 21st Century. We propose that online teaching in the conservatoire has the potential to become an important vehicle for equipping students to respond to these changes in society. In recognising the possibilities for online teaching, we move from a position of online ‘replacing’ or ‘replicating’ traditional conservatoire teaching to ‘complementing’ practice-led experiences. We examine how core learning and teaching values can be embedded in the online environment to promote synergy between different learning experiences in the conservatoire. Furthermore, we propose that a transnational model of design and delivery could be most effective in developing culturally responsive artists.


Diana Salazar

Director of Programmes at Royal College of Music

Diana Salazar is Director of Programmes at the Royal College of Music, London, where she oversees learning and teaching strategy at junior, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A conservatoire trained flautist and composer, her research interests combine practice research in electroacoustic composition with exploration of conservatoire pedagogies and technology-enhanced learning in higher music education. She is a founder of the Global Conservatoire, an international consortium of five conservatoires focussed on the development of innovative, transnational online teaching practices in the performing arts. Her compositions have been performed and broadcast internationally, with awards from the International Computer Music Association, Bourges, Musical Viva, and the Pauline Oliveros Prize among others. She is currenting co-editing a new edited collection for Routledge, Inside the Contemporary Conservatoire: Critical Perspectives from the Royal College of Music, London with Colin Lawson and Rosie Perkins.

Christina Guillaumier

Reader in Music & Cultural Practice at Royal College of Music

Christina Guillaumier is Reader in Music & Cultural Practice at the Royal College of Music (London), and a music historian and pianist with an early background in the dramatic arts. Dr Guillaumier is a highly sought after writer and broadcaster on music and the arts. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). She is also a peer reviewer for several academic journals and publishing houses. Guillaumier is an editor for Baerenreiter publishing house, specializing in critical editions of piano music.