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Music education in Slovenia enables the inclusion of children of all social categories and provides them with musical education throughout their schooling. In addition to knowledge, music education also contributes to personal growth and the cultivation of human values as an equal part of the wider education system.
Inspections are conducted by the Inspectorate for Education and Sport.

The period of national awakening in Europe was important for music education in Slovenia. The first public music school was established in 1807 at the Ljubljana Cathedral and the second in 1816 at the Ljubljana basic school. Therefore, in 2016 Slovenia celebrated the venerable 200th anniversary of public music education.

Today, with 54 public and 15 private music schools, two conservatories, three upper secondary schools which carry out the art gimnazija programme in cooperation with music schools, the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, the Department of Musicology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana and the Department of Music Education at the Faculty of Education in Maribor, music education is equivalently included in the wider education system.

Today, with 54 public and 15 private music schools, two conservatories, three upper secondary schools which carry out the art gimnazija programme in cooperation with music schools, the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, the Department of Musicology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana and the Department of Music Education at the Faculty of Education in Maribor, music education is equivalently included in the wider education system.

Education objectives and tasks in music schools

Music schools discover, nurture and develop talents for music and dancing. Knowledge and experience gained in a music school can be extremely important for subsequent artistic expression in amateur bands, orchestras, choirs and dance groups. The most gifted can develop their artistic perception of the world through further musical education. Music schools cultivate general cultural and civilisation values rooted in European traditions to foster mutual tolerance, respect for diversity and cooperation with others. Other important tasks of music schools are to transfer national and common heritage to new generations, develop national awareness, and prepare students for life in a multicultural society, while developing and preserving our cultural and natural heritage.

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