Partecipating Countries: Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal
Conservatorio Oficial de Música "Hermanos Berzosa" (Cáceres, España)
The "Hermanos Berzosa" Official Music Conservatory of Cáceres is located in the San Francisco Cultural Complex and depends on the Department of Education and Employment of the Regional Government of Extremadura. It teaches 20 instrumental specialties that cover almost the entire orchestral staff. Recently, new specialties such as Bass and Electric Guitar and Harpsichord have been added, within the policy and objectives of expanding the range of specialties in fields such as Modern Music and Early Music. The volume of students varies between 550 and 600 each year; an acceptable percentage of these students conclude their professional music studies and some go on to higher studies.
The conservatory has several choral and instrumental ensembles that allow students to get in touch with the dynamics and work of the orchestra, the band or choral music, such as the Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Band, the Big Band, the Saxophone Ensemble, the Viola Orchestra, the Flute Orchestra and the student’s chorus. The Conservatory has a staff of 58 teachers and is supported by the "Isaac Albéniz" Parents Association, which maintains a close collaboration with the organization of extracurricular activities.
Musik und Kunstschule Havelland (Germany)
The Havelland School of Music and Art is the largest recognized music school in the state of Brandenburg (Germany) and is funded by the district of Havelland. Currently, 130 teachers teach more than 3,000 students in 11 main and 25 associated buildings. Lessons, contents and examinations are based on the curricula of the Association of German Music Schools (VdM) and work in close cooperation with the State Association of Music and Art Schools in Brandenburg.
Their main task is to find and implement the right concept for every student at all ages and levels, to develop their goals, their talent and personal disposition, as musical ability also gives the student a new form of expression that allows them to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings.
Liceo delle Scienze Umane e Liceo Musicale ‘Paolina Secco Suardo’ (Bérgamo, Italy)
This institution is a public entity and is a secondary school with two orientations: one dedicated to humanities and arts, the other dedicated to music (liceo musicale). The musical direction of the school gives students the opportunity to choose, by first passing an entrance exam, the study of a main musical instrument, which will then be complemented by a secondary one.
The "liceo musicale" we have more than thirty teachers of musical instruments, as well as approximately 240 students (generally students from 14 to 19 years old). Of course, one of the main resources of our school is the possibility for students to attend the main and secondary instrument classes once a week. There are also weekly classes in chamber music, string ensembles, wind ensembles and vocal ensembles. The key point of this school is that it is not only a music-centered school, but it is a "360-degree school", so it aims to provide a complete cultural preparation for the student. For students it is also possible to participate in other musical projects such as the symphony orchestra, the wind orchestra, the "musical" project, etc.
Conservatório de Música do Porto (Oporto, Portugal)
The Conservatório de Musica do Porto (CMP) is a public school established since 1917 and dedicated to the teaching of music. It welcomes students from six years of age from all over the city of Porto and its neighboring municipalities. In recent years, the democratization of musical learning has led to a significant increase in the number of students. Being all children and young people with exceptional abilities who develop in this school, it now has more than 450 students in regular education, more than 600 students in complementary education, around 60 students in an articulated educational system and a total of 180 teachers.
The CMP currently has 5 guitar teachers and about 60 guitar students who receive individual lessons (45 or 90 minutes per week, depending on age, course and attendance regime). The guitar teachers organize every year the "Semana de la Guitarra" which includes master classes, concerts, workshops, conferences, etc. The CMP has recently celebrated the edition of works for guitar by contemporary Portuguese composers related to this school. Seeking practices that promote equal opportunities, all students can regularly participate in Auditions and Concerts. The students most committed to musical learning also participate in various activities outside the school (Competitions, Masterclasses, etc.) with the support of their teachers.