Scuola di Musica Popolare, Forlimpopoli, Italy
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The “Scuola di Musica Popolare” (SMP) is a music school in Forlimpopoli (region of Emilia-Romagna, Northern Italy). It was founded in 1986 by the City of Forlimpopoli and some time later transformed into a “Cultural Association”. This means that all its students and teachers are members of this association and govern the school democratically.
The Rocca, a fortress built by Cardinal Albornoz between 1360 and 1365, and a former Augustinian convent of the 14th century, house the school’s classrooms. The buildings belong to the city of Forlimpopoli who grants the school the right to use them.
The school’s main activity is teaching adult learners of all ages mainly from the region. Most courses are held weekly as evening classes. The school offers lessons for more than 30 musical instruments associated with folk music from different parts of the world. One focus is on the folklore of the region. Some other courses, like the European Nyckelharpa Training, have nationwide relevance and are organized as residential courses of several days.
Moreover the Scuola di Musica Popolare di Forlimpopoli realizes CD-productions and other projects, organizes public festivals and concerts as a cultural support for the community and region. About 250 members per year and several thousand people participate as students or as audience in the activities (courses, workshops, concerts) organized by the school.