Presentation of the Institute
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PRESENTATION OF "ISSM A. TOSCANINI"
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HISTORY OF THE INSTITUTION
The High Institute of Musical Studies "Arthur Toscanini”, unique Institution of High Musical Artistic Formation (AFAM) of the Agrigentinian territory, consolidated reality, virtuous and efficient, was founded in 1991, when the amazing intuition of local politicians found the unanimous consent of the Municipal Committee and of the Council of the Regional Province of Agrigento, founder and today’s unique Institution of Financing body.
In fact, it was necessary to satisfy the consistent demand and the right to Classical Music Study with the establishment in the territory, until then lacking, of a specific public training presence of quality and professional Musical Education.
The equalization to the Musical State Conservatory, obtained in 2003 by Decree of the President of the Sicilian Region, and accreditation in the National AFAM System, conferred in 2009 by the Ministry of University and Research following strict checks on the qualitative targets reached, commits the Institute to carry out European didactic courses under Law 508/99, which provides to the reform of the sector under the supervision of the AFAM Department to the previously mentioned Ministry.
The Institute, by Ministerial approval of the Statute of Autonomy has been transformed “ope legis” into the Superior Institute of Musical Studies - ISSM, a Public Institution of University level; therefore, also the Academic Diplomas in Musical Disciplines of the old system have been equated to the Degrees by Law 268/02 for the purposes of access to public competitions.
The New System, in line with the Lisbon Treaty and the Bologna Process, is identical to university courses and is therefore structured with the European System of training credits (transferable in EU countries with the ETCS system) for the mutual recognition of studies carried out and to also allow international student mobility through special programs such as the Lifelong Learning Program - Erasmus.
The Institute, within the pending completion of the process of Nationalization pursuant to art. 22bis L.96 / 17, will end by 2020, receiving State and Regional fundings and is still partially supported by the Free Consortium of Municipalities of Agrigento.
Over the last three years 2015-18, the Institute has obtained important and visible results: despite the very serious economic criticality caused by the default of the Founding Body, which begun in 2014 and is now outdated, it has proven to be a virtuous and reactive Institution economically, innovatively and competitively for the quality and variety of the proposed training offer, and has successfully relaunched the didactic, production and internationalization activities demonstrated by the increased general users and above all, by the university students (more than quintupled), which educationally offers, the great professionalism and the high artistic profile of our teachers, together with the great commitment of all the staff who have made the Teaching Courses palatable and worthy of attention also for students from other European countries from which they continue to receive requests for mobility Incoming Study Erasmus.
In order to strengthen and complete the professional training of young musicians, the production activity throughout the recent years, has been significantly increased with an average of 60-70 events a year in collaboration with the local authorities (Municipalities, Associations, Regional Superintendence of Cultural Wellness, Archaeological Parks), but also with events of National and International relevance thanks to strategic agreements and memoranda of understanding signed by the most important Lyrical-Symphonic Theatres, International Festivals and Academies, Extra UE Conservatives, Relevant Associations (Massimo Theatre of Palermo's Foundation, Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra Foundation, Pirandello Theatre’s Foundation in Agrigento, The Dionysiac Festival in Segesta / Calatafimi, The Queen Musical Festival of Maenza, Windsor Piano’s Academy - UK, Glazunov Conservatory of Petrozavodsk- Russian Federation, La Cantoria in Campitelli’s Association in Rome, Festival A. Schweitzer in Palermo); in made-progression by the Educational collaboration with the University Consortium of Agrigento.
Prof. Mariangela Longo
Translation: Teacher Anna Puma