International School for Professional Musical Education and General Studies
Musica Mundi School. A dream that became a reality.
For many years, we, the founders of the Musica Mundi Course and Festival believed that our mission to develop the musical and human potential of young talents from all over the world should go even further.
For many years prior to the school’s creation, we observed hundreds of young talents who could have benefitted enormously from an institution that combined harmoniously their musical and general education, permitting them to benefit from both and pursue them to the highest level.
We decided to make it our mission to create such an institution but it took many years before our dream could be fulfilled.
Musica Mundi School opened two years ago, in September 2018. In our first year of existence, we welcomed 25 students from 13 different countries. During the academic year 2019-2020, the second year of the school, the number of students went up to 35, with students from 19 different countries.
Students at the school benefit from the parallel educational programme and flourish in both. No more need to make choices, no more need for compromises.
Musica Mundi School is providing exactly what these wonderful young people need and we are proud of them and their achievements!
Indeed, after merely two years of existence, several of our students have won prizes at international competitions and all are making impressive and steady progress in their musical and academic studies. We welcome you to the third year in the life of this unique institution and wish you a fruitful and exciting year!
A word from Musica Mundi School’s Ambassador – Mr. Maxim Vengerov
Travelling around the world, meeting young exceptional musicians from all over the planet, I felt the urgent need in supporting these talents with the outmost professionalism and the highest human values, in order to help them to reach the summit of their own being!
During the concert tours, one of my most important encounters was the Musica Mundi International chamber music course and Festival.
Instantly, I felt that the idea of this exceptional educational program must grow to a permanent institution as a complementary asset to the punctual two weeks course and Festival. The idea of bringing young talents from all over the world and develop them towards being not only fine artists but also fine human beings! Something that today, unfortunately, is not spoken very often.
I am very happy, that Musica Mundi reached the stage of creating the MUSICA MUNDI SCHOOL and eager to support this vital project by being the GOOD WILL AMBASSADOR!!!
Myself, and many other of my colleagues soloists, are looking forward to contribute for shaping the future generation of musicians helped and supported by Musica Mundi School!!!
– Maxim Vengerov (View Resume)
A warm welcome is what I have for each and everyone that is admitted to this special school. It is a place of making music, learning how to make the best of your talents, develop the necessary skills, attitudes and creativity a great artist possesses, all in order to become one yourself. This school is the place that takes care of its pupils in a very dedicated way, the place in which the health and nourishing of body and artistic soul take a central position. It is the whole staff’s and my personal wish and goal that our pupils at the same time learn what the artist in them needs, and be happy human beings. – Herman De Vleeschhouwer (View Resume)
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Musica Mundi School in a few words…
The mission of the Musica Mundi School is to develop the musical and human potential of young talents from all over the world. Making it possible for these highly gifted young musicians to meet and work with other young musicians and with some of today’s greatest pedagogues and artists has a considerable impact on their capacities and their development – exposing them to other cultures, other teaching methods, helping them to gain a better understanding of music.
Thanks to the dedication of its two founders, Musica Mundi has grown over the years into a dynamic community of first class international performers, of faithful alumni, of generous patrons and partners – all very much attached to the values of Musica Mundi.
This network – the Musica Mundi Family, as we call it –is a very strong asset for the development of the Musica Mundi School.
From the youngest age, intensive instrumental individual training is given in parallel to class lessons in music theory, harmony, ear training, history of music, conducting, composition, orchestra, chamber music and individual practice. The general education lessons are entirely integrated into the student’s daily schedule, between his/her lessons of musical education. Mathematics, science, languages, history, global perspectives, psychology and sport lessons are included in the program.
The Musica Mundi School is offering young musicians both professional musical training and high-quality general education:
- Integrated, so as to ensure that the young musicians’ personalities develop in a harmonious and balanced way.
- Given independently of their socio-cultural origins and financial situation.
- Designed to allow students to excel when pursuing their advanced musical education and/or their careers.
- Enabling students who do not choose music as a career to go to university.
In music, this means finding the specific strengths of each young musician, whether as a soloist, or for chamber music, composition, etc.
This means harnessing the educational power of chamber music, which requires musicians to be flexible and to listen to other musicians with care and respect.
This means regularly bringing in the best master pedagogues from all over the world and giving each student a chance to work with them individually, in addition to daily teaching and masterclasses by guest artists.
In general education, this means recruiting high-quality and dedicated teachers, who are experienced and passionate about pedagogy and who understand what is needed for the development of young musicians.
Teaching young talented musicians requires specific skills which the founders of Musica Mundi have acquired through more than twenty- five years of experience.
Young musicians generally achieve results at school that are above average, because of their increased ability to concentrate and the discipline they have acquired from learning music. For such talented pupils, excellence is usually what they aim for and the primary source of their motivation.
To support talent, and talent alone, it is essential to overcome financial barriers. Families will contribute to their child’s education in accordance with their means. Scholarships will be made available thanks to generous donors.
The Musica Mundi School will be deliberately limited to 70 students, so that it will always be able to provide individual and personalized teaching. Pupils are auditioned and accepted on the basis of their merits.
Thanks to its players, who play responsibly and for small amounts, the Belgian National Lottery can pay out a substantial part of its income to society in the form of subsidies for projects and organizations of a scientific, sporting, social nature and/or cultural, as the acoustic transformations of the Musica Mundi School.