In 1990, while Slovenia was going through the process of achieving its independence, we boldly and confidently opened the doors of the first private music school in Slovenia. To date, the school has strongly strengthened its position in the Slovenian music education. The results have placed the school amongst the most prominent music schools in Slovenia. Furthermore, they have confirmed our right approach to music education and the imaginative design our education programs.
As the founders of the Tartini Music Studio, we think that the decision to establish the school was right. A thoughtful decision and a preparedness for obstacles proved right if a goal is precisely defined and if the realisation of the set plans is objective. Our goals and visions for the school development were clearly defined. Even though it was not possible to foresee all the problems that we have encountered, it was necessary to believe in what we are doing, to have an immense power and to insist. Consequently, the results of our efforts further directed us to continue and to be even more committed to achieving our goals.
We faced two completely opposite categories: entrepreneurship and non-profit educational activity. The new regulation allowed a merger of these opposites. In the initial years, without a financial support, but later on, with government subsidies. The urge for and the awareness of modernisation of education, has changed the criteria in society, and parents have sought more effective education and training for their children. As parents of two growing girls, also being teachers and active musicians, we increasingly understood the necessity to design and implement a curriculum, to choose the appropriate teaching methods and pedagogical approaches. We followed new trends spontaneously, we were continuously learning, correcting mistakes and searching for new knowledge.
The development of the school was following our personal development. We gave special attention to gifted children, introduced and nurtured chamber and orchestral playing, enriched the program of pre-school music education and music theory, and introduced instrument playing in pre-school.
Although there are still unfulfilled desires, and ahead of us still unfulfilled tasks, the image of today's school and all accompanying activities, in a certain way, have exceeded our expectations.
Vildana and Vlado Repše
The social environment prior to independence was less encouraging for establishing and operating private schools, and the path to recognition was more difficult than it is today.
It was just because we were the first private music school, that it why it was not easy for us. The registration of a limited proprietary (d.o.o.) was relatively simple, regardless of the chosen business activities. Only a year and a half after the establishment of the first privately owned company in the Republic of Slovenia, the Tartini Music Studio was established. However, a lot remained unspecified in the legislation regarding social activities, disparities between city and state administration which were hampered by the procedure of an entry into the record and obtaining of a concession. Consequently, the conventional attitude of the administrative bodies towards private education have hampered its development. In parallel with the preparation of the Organization and Financing of Education Act, the conditions for the implementation of programs and financing of private schools were crystallised. Criteria, standards and norms have been developed. It was not until 1996 that we signed a co-financing contract in the required scope, but only for the taught subjects, but not for the number of pupils enrolled. Although we were enrolled in the Registry of music schools in 1993 and signed the concession contract in 1994, we often were not included in the lists of music schools.
Slowly, in line with legislation, the attitude of the governing administration has changed, and today our cooperation with the City of Ljubljana and the Ministry of Education is correct and encouraging. Also, the leadership of the public music schools overcame their prejudices. Meetings at seminars, that were organised and carried out by our school, gave birth to true collegial trust and professional cooperation with all schools across Slovenia. With carefully selected topics, top class presenters and excellent working conditions, we attract more and more teachers of violin, cello, piano and music theory.
A high level of pupils’ knowledge and their musical development, success at competitions, the interest of parents for our school, and above all, the satisfaction of children and their joy with music, have always been the strongest stimulus and is still our basic criteria.
Vildana and Vlado Repše