NAIP Manual on Leading & Guiding

By Working Group 3 in the Strategic Partnership NAIP - Innovation in Higher Music Education, funded by the Erasmus+ programme

Martin Prchal, chair (Royal Conservatoire, The Hague)
Renee Jonker (Royal Conservatoire, The Hague)
Detta Danford (Royal Conservatoire, The Hague)
Sean Gregory (Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London)
Carlos Lopez-Real (Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London)
Guy Wood (Prince Claus Conservatoire, Groningen)
Tine Stolte (Prince Claus Conservatoire, Groningen)
Sigurður Halldórsson (Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik)
Shane Taylor Constant (Yong Siew Toh Conservatoire, Singapore)
Dietmar Flosdorf (University of Music & Performing Arts, Vienna)
Kjell Tore Innervik (Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo)

Coordinated by Þorgerður Edda Hall
Published in September 2016

This publication was supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained herein.



The NAIP Manual on Leading & Guiding is the output of a series of meetings held in 2015-2016 within the framework of Working Group 3 in the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership NAIP - Innovation in Higher Music Education. In a close collaboration between representatives of the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, Iceland Academy of the Arts, University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Guildhall School for Music and Drama in London and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague the existing practice of leading creative workshops as an important educational instrument has been described. In May 2016 a symposium took place in The Hague in which 50 practitioners from all over the world came together to discuss this practice.

Chapter one contains a transcription of the keynote speech held by Sean Gregory during this symposium. Gregory and others stood at the beginning of the exploration of new forms of music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in the eighties and studied the phenomenon of ‘creative collaborative practice’ is his MPhil Research Degree. In his speech Gregory refers to an article of Peter Renshaw, one of the founding fathers of this practice that is attached in an appendix as well as the sketch that Gregory made to offer a graphic representation of his thoughts.

Chapter two was put together by Guy Wood and Detta Danford providing examples of this practice as implemented by various conservatoires.

The working group also made a first attempt to make an inventory of the exercises used in this practice over the years. This has lead to what is called the Bank of Exercises. This BOE is made accessible in a series of short video clips. A documentary made by the British filmmaker Lainey Richardson who filmed the symposium in The Hague as well as the NAIP Introductory Course in Reichenau in August 2016, offers context in which these exercises can be applied. 

The filming and documentation mentioned above has been prepared by a team consisting of Detta Danford, Guy Wood, Sean Gregory and Renee Jonker.

After the end of this project the Bank of Exercises has been expanded and may be found here.