Greetings from the Director
I wish my best regards to all internet vistors.
You all can find in this institutional site, that we have been renovating in any possible aspects, all useful informations about our services. The Institute, whom I am honored to be Director, has been created in 1991, when a great intuition from the politicians living in Ribera reached the common interest both of the Government and the Councilmen of the Agrigento Province. It was necessary indeed to answer to a wide request for a musical professional studies with the creation of a public center of classical musical studies, that did not exist till that moment. Our Institute is obliged to follow didactic criteria based on European standards according to the law number 508/99 that is regulating the reform of the musical department studies under the tutoring of AFAM Department within the Ministery of Education. This obligation on following National standards as well as European came out from the equalized level of studies to Italian Conservatories, declared in 2003 by a decree issued by President of Regione Sicilia, and because of that legalized into the the High Artistic and Musical Department. Therefore the Institute has been changed, thanks to the approval of the Statute, into High Artistic and Musical Department (ISSM) which means the University level of education. The music Diplomas from the old academic system ( first and second level) have been declared equal to degrees from University (Law 268/02), and so far useful as well to participate on public national competition. Our new legal order, that fits with the regulations of Lisbon Treaty and the Bologna Process, is the same to University Courses. Thereby all musical courses are regulated by the European credit system (due to be carried within the UE trough the system of ECTS), this has been conceived for the mutual recognition of awarded studies and yet allowing the international mobility of students. This last point has been settled by specific programs like the Life Long Learning – Erasmus; with the purpose of developing an economy based on the knowledge, common aim of the open European market.
The new order plans Courses of Academic Diploma of 1 and 2 level, specialization, research, improver courses or masters.
Waiting for Musical Lyceums, to be activated within the secondary school system, our Institute will maintain active also the basic training courses modernized according to the indication of the Ministry.
Among our pedagogical aims a specific work is based on the artistic improvement of the student trough concerts, artistic competitions, master, work-shops, scholarships, and special agreements with Institutions both public and private; all this is conceived in order to build a permanent or cyclic training.
I thank you all for the kind attention and I wish you all best regards and luck for a nice navigation.