Recommendations

RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARTS EDUCATION IN ARMENIA

Transfer of each school into a cultural center today is no less important than inclusion of children’s art schools and other forms of art schools into the culture and arts education system. Government of the republic has to pay significant attention to each citizen’s right for art education. To do that, it is necessary to decide in what forms initiatives from natural legal persons aimed at development of non-governmental education culture and art of all levels institutions will be supported. This activity must go along with provision of state subventions to regional and local budgets in volumes necessary for implementation of educational programs in art schools or in other ways.

It is of utmost importance to create ways of discovering young talents by opening new musical and art schools for helping gifted children, as an important way of increasing the quality of future potential personnel. In some of the cases it is enough to simply provide transport access to appropriate infrastructures and provide professional staff to educational centers of regions that are already in place.

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Priorities of Arts Education in Armenia

One of the key directions of the state strategy is a single cultural-educational policy. This is not only education in the cultural area, but also, no less importantly, culture in the education area. 

The government policy in the area of art education in Armenia is implemented by two ministries; Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia through local governance bodies.

Structure of Arts Education System in Armenia

Each stage of art education has is dominant sides; in one case, age specificity makes one side predominant, while the other one complements and accompanies. Study of the environment plays the main role in forming art perception at school age. Basic skills of art activities are shaped at beginning grades, where basic systems of aesthetic knowledge are formed. At secondary school, teenagers adapt peculiarities of various types of arts which enables them to independently perceive works of art. This created preconditions for self-sustained creativity. At secondary vocational and higher education institutions, students transfer to the level of full social-cultural perception, realizing their attachment to a specific cultural layer. It shows in formation of unique art-aesthetic views and taste which serves as basis for personal choice of a work of art. 

Content of Arts Education in Armenia

Music
Learning national instruments and instrumental music in general is successfully carried out in music schools, art schools, in music magnet school after Tchaikovsky in Yerevan, In State Conservatory after Komitas and its branch in Gyumri where following majors are taught: instrumental performance (piano, organ, orchestra instruments, folk instruments.)

State Policy and Legislation in Arts Education Area

Government policy of the Republic of Armenia in the area of arts education is based on legislation most of which is composed of international legal documents («Universal Human Rights Declaration» /1948/, «Convention on Children's Rights» /1989/), as well as the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia. Based on the RA Constitution, other fundamental laws and normative documents were adopted, specifically:

Teacher training in the field of Arts Education in Armenia

In 2008, Ministry of Culture of Armenia established the Fund for Support of Art Education, whose activities are aimed at organizing and holding educational methodic and practical programs for teachers and students of musical and painting schools, as well as art schools in all regions of the country. Specifically, in all of the regions of Armenia, Fund branches have been set up to ensure direct activities in the field.

Education through Arts

Out-of-school education programs are realized to satisfy the educational demands of the citizens and society. The main goal of out-of-school education in framework of each professional education level is to increase the professional qualifications of the personality. Out-of-school education is implemented in general, professional and out-of-school educational institutions and also by means of individual pedagogical activities, regulation for which is set by the Government of RA.