„Tradition is the spreading of fire and not the veneration of ashes.” Gustav Mahler
Musical schools provide requirements for learning and teaching in an atmosphere of mutual estimation and developing cultural awareness.
A special focus is given to music and its related arts. According to the general educational mission the music school lessons play an important role in transmitting artistically features and skills. Moreover this has a positive impact on the personal development of the students.
Music schools are places of encounters and involvements with all forms of art.
Music schools should provide perfect frameworks to give space…space in terms of open, colourful and adequately equipped rooms in order to enable an encounter with music and its related arts and the chance to gain multi-layered , artistically and pedagogically experiences.
Music schools are places of cultural encounters for children and young adults. They can provide social development and cultural educational spaces for adults as well.
Music schools offer the possibility of deepening musically education for all sections of the population and therefore fulfil the mission of a widespread impact. With innovative models and a program for high talented, music schools especially prepare talented students for the attendance of higher educational establishments.
They build a solid basis for the supply of young professionals in Austria and South Tyrol.
The high significance, the societal relevance and the recognition within the population are results of the high artistically and pedagogically competences of music schools and their function as cultural body with sustainable effects in communities and towns.
Music school work is team work.
All music school teachers do their best in working together in order to achieve the educational objectives.
The various educational services offered and several cultural activities enable cross-linked learning.
Music schools are a shaping force in the cultural and educational network.
Teachers lead their students to an independent dealing with music.
Enthusiasm and commitment are essential features of every artistically activity and therefore of learning and teaching music as well.
Teachers and students together organise the way to achieve the students’ educational goals.
Using different forms and methods of learning support a holistic way of learning, hence why music school lessons have a sustainable impact on the personal development process of the students. Seriouseness and determination play an important role when learning how to play a musical instrument.
Music schools see the parents of the students as supportive partners who have to be integrated in the educational process.
Music schools meet the challenges of the future.
Music schools respond sensible and flexible to the social transformation and changes in the educational landscape.
The work of music schools encourages key qualifications such as the ability of working in teams, networked thinking and the interaction with new media.
Values like authenticity, openness, individual responsibility, tolerance, relationship-building activities, respect and mutual appreciation are clearly in the foreground.
Source: conference of the Austrian Music School Association, syllabus, www.komu.at, own translation