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The new decree on music and dance schools in Bizkaia

The new decree on music and dance schools in Bizkaia

Jeickson Sulbaran

May 22, 2024 | 11:00 a.m.

The Basque Government updates the regulations to include dance, expanding the educational and cultural offer in Bizkaia

The Basque Government has approved a new decree that regulates the operation of music and dance schools, both public and private, in Bizkaia. This regulation introduces important new features and establishes clear guidelines for the teaching of these disciplines, focusing on practical training and the inclusion of various specialties. Below is how this order will impact schools and the community.

The decree approved by the Basque Government Its main objective is to update and complete music specialties, as well as introduce dance in the curriculum of regulated schools. This initiative seeks to offer a broader and more diverse education, aligned with the cultural and artistic demands of today's society.

The new decree on music and dance schools in Bizkaia

The dance specialties included in the decree are varied and range from classical and contemporary dance to Basque dance and other forms such as urban dance, flamenco, social dance, jazz/tap dance, and dances from various regions of the world. This diversity will allow dance schools to offer at least three specialties, thus ensuring a rich and plural educational offer.

Furthermore, the decree establishes that schools that teach both music and dance must offer the specialty of Basque dance, thus promoting the preservation and dissemination of Basque culture.

Infrastructure and Staffing Requirements: Ensuring quality and appropriate education for all students

One of the key aspects of the decree is the definition of the minimum infrastructure requirements that dance schools must meet. Yese specifies that schools must have at least two classrooms with floors adapted for jumping, with a minimum surface area of ​​seventy square meters or, alternatively, five square meters per person. Additionally, facilities are required to include locker rooms appropriate to the number of students enrolled and the school's planning.

Regarding teaching staff, the new norm requires that teachers teachers have a bachelor's degree. However, for those specialties that do not have a specific higher qualification, the current extraordinary qualification procedure will be maintained, through annual calls that will include aptitude tests.

This approach ensures that students receive a high-quality education provided by qualified professionals, creating an environment conducive to learning and artistic development.

Training levels: A progressive approach adapted to different ages and needs

The decree also defines the four levels of training in music and dance, ensuring adequate progression from initial contact until the perfection of the specialty. These levels are:

  1. Contact level: aimed at children from zero to seven years old, expanding the age range that was previously four to seven years old.
  2. Specialty initiation level: starting at age eight, where students begin to focus on a specific specialty.
  3. Specialty consolidation level: for students seeking to consolidate their skills and knowledge in their chosen specialty.
  4. Specialty improvement level: aimed at those who wish to achieve a high degree of mastery in their specialty.

Schools that choose to offer the contact level must include specialties for children aged five, six and seven, with the offer for the youngest children from zero to four years being complementary. This level system allows an education adapted to the needs and abilities of each student., providing a solid foundation for those who wish to continue with professional studies or enter the artistic world of work.

A step forward in artistic education in Bizkaia

The new decree of the Basque Government represents a significant advance in artistic education in Bizkaia, providing a clear and well-defined structure for music and dance schools. The inclusion of dance and the expansion of available specialties They reflect a commitment to cultural diversity and the comprehensive development of students. With high quality standards in infrastructure and teaching staff, Bizkaia schools are well positioned to offer excellent training that benefits the entire community.

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