"It is unique that a small institute such as Conservatorium Haarlem joins forces with the biggest and most famous music education institute in the world."
The Conservatorium of Hogeschool Inholland Haarlem and Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA) have signed a partnership agreement for cooperation. The partnership means that Inholland is part of the Berklee International Network (BIN), a network of the most prestigious popular music institutes in the world.
BIN has 23 members form 21 countries, including institutes in Japan, South-Korea, Canada, Australia, China, and Brazil. The network develops programmes and events which enhance the global character of the institutes, thus creating opportunities for students, staff and alumni. Inholland/Conservatorium Haarlem will be the first and only BIN partner in the Netherlands.
The partners convene bi-annually at different institutions around the world for cooperation and exchange of knowledge in numerous fields. Additionally, teachers from Berklee will visit Haarlem for masterclasses and vice versa. Every year, a student delegation from Haarlem visits Berklee for a week of classes and workshops. It will also become more attainable for students from Haarlem to continue or finish their studies at Berklee.
At the end of this year, a group of Songwriting students from Berklee will partake in the annual International Writers Camp organized by Conservatorium Haarlem, just like several other BIN partners from Sydney, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
Arjen Davidse (director Conservatorium Haarlem): “It is of course unique that a small institute such as Conservatorium Haarlem joins forces with the biggest and most famous music education institute in the world. Berklee has 4.500 students from 80 different countries, and another 1 million online students from all over the globe. When a Berklee delegation visited us last spring, they were sincerely impressed by our programme and vision. Entrepreneurship is, for example, a real priority and we have very professional facilities like our own stage and several recording studios."
Berklee College of Music
Berklee was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For 70 years, the college has evolved to reflect the current state of the music industry, leading the way with baccalaureate studies in performance, music business/management, songwriting, music therapy, film scoring, and more. In June 2016, the Boston Conservatory merged with Berklee, creating the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic training ground for music, dance, theater, and related professions.