While more attention has been paid to arts entrepreneurship by music institutions in recent years, the manner in which this is taught to students has remained fairly un researched by academics. The aim of this research has been to gain a better understanding of a musician's modern practice according to conservatoire teachers and students, and to provide teachers with a better basis for preparing the students for their professional future. The following research question was drawn up in order to investigate this: ‘How does the relation between arts educators and students shape the entrepreneurial curriculum of pop music conservatoria?’ This study used qualitative research methods to provide a comprehensive answer to the research question. In order to enhance credibility, this research was conducted by means of a data triangulation. Multiple sources of data were included, such as open-ended in-depth interviews and an annual management report. Interviews were held with both staff-members and (former) students of the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam. The research has pointed out that within the researched conservatory, there is a clear demand for entrepreneurial education. However, the way in which this is taught to students is considered to be fairly theoretical by the interviewees, and a more practical method is preferred. All participants indicate that there should be a focus on making a clear connection with the professional practice. Individual coaching sessions or a so called ‘buddy-system’ could possibly stimulate an entrepreneurial mindset of the students and a smooth transition to the professional practice. According to both staff and teachers of the music institution, it is important that students do not see their admission to the conservatoire as a goal in itself. A clear motivation for students to study at the conservatoire and exploratory attitude during their studies are essential to get the most out of the entrepreneurial education.

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Keywords Cultural Economics, Cultural Entrepreneurship, Popular Music Education - The Professional Musician – Gatekeeping - Arts Entrepreneurship – Career Identities
Thesis Advisor P. Bhansing
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/2105/50718
Series Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship , Master Arts, Culture & Society
M. Fiselier. (2019, September 25). In Addition to Singing, How Can We Best Stimulate the Art of Enterprise Thinking? Popular Music Education in the Netherlands: Optimizing the Learning Process of Conservatoire Students. Master Arts, Culture & Society. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2105/50718