Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attended the signing of the Music Trainers Agreement on Wednesday at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.
The agreement is a corporation agreement between all teachers’ training colleges and conservatories in the Netherlands for 12 years. It is considered a crucial step in achieving the goal of the Meer Muziek in de Klas Foundation. The organisation’s goals are “sustainable, high-quality music education at all primary schools in the Netherlands,” according to the Meer Muziek in de Klas.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, there were only a limited amount of guests. To accommodate those who could not attend, there was a live stream of the signing and event.
The participants from the training academies and conservatories discussed the importance of the agreement before singer-songwriters, Ilse Delange and Hannah Mae, and winner of the Princess Christina Competition 2020, Matthijs van Delft, spoke about their experience with music and the importance it had in their primary school days. Other discussions took place regarding the sustainability of music.
After the talks had concluded, Queen Máxima unveiled a video projection on the outside of the TivoliVredenburg for the campaign “I AM FOR #meermuziekindeklas.” Photos from music classes in primary school are shown in the video.
The Queen is the special ambassador and honorary chairman of Meer Muziek in de Klas (or More Music in the Classroom in English). Her participation in the event was not announced in advance due to the coronavirus measures.
The organisations that collaborated in the Music Trainers Agreement include National Consultation for Teacher Training in Primary Education (LOBO), Network Music Teachers Pabo (NMP), Training Consultation Training in Music in Education (O2DM), the Network Music (the network of conservatory directors) and the Méér Muziek in de Klas.