|The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
Hometown: Vilnius, Lithuania
Web site: http://lmta.lt/english
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The history of the Academy is an inseparable part of music education in Lithuania. Professional musical development in the country began during the time of Vytautas the Great, when in 1397 a school of chant was formed at the Vilnius Cathedral. Publication of song books started in the 16th century. Some hymns were included in the first book that was published in the Lithuanian language – “Katekizmas” by Martynas Mažvydas (1547). In 1667 Žygimantas Liauksminas published a primer of Gregorian chant „Ars et praxis musicae.” Some music schools – “bursos” had been formed during the 16th – 17th centuries where singing and instrumentation for ecclesiastic orchestras was taught. Private music schools were established in Vilnius, Kaunas and other towns at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
In 1919 composer Juozas Naujalis founded the Kaunas music school. This school was acknowledged as a school of higher education and in 1933 was reorganised into the Kaunas Conservatoire. 1933 is therefore considered to be the founding year of the current Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 1949 the Kaunas Conservatoire and the Vilnius Conservatoire (founded in 1945) were merged into the Lithuanian State Conservatoire. In 1992 the Conservatoire was renamed the Lithuanian Academy of Music (LMA), and in 2004 – the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA).
The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre is a university type state institution of higher education, which trains highly qualified professionals in music, theatre, and multimedia arts. As of January 1, 2005 there are 1167 students at the Academy with a teaching staff of 274.
The new Charter of the Academy, based on the principles of democracy, institutional autonomy, academic freedom, transparency of studies (introduction of a national credit system comparable to the ECTS system, diploma supplement, 3 cycle study system, coherent academic and professional qualifications offered). The mission of the Academy is to train highly qualified professionals in music, theatre, and multimedia art.
The international policy of the Academy aims to develop international cooperation and integration into the European and global academic community, to support and facilitate student and teacher exchange, to ensure high quality standards in higher education in the arts.