Priorities of Arts Education in Belarus

The contemporary system of arts education is characterized by the phenomenon of integration, which can be traced both at the level of the structure of the national artistic and educational system and at the level of its substantive content.

The structure of arts education is characterized by inter-level integration. It is reflected by appearance on the map of arts education of new types of educational institutions. The integration can be carried out internally or externally. An example of internal integration at the level of pre-school and general secondary education is a kindergarten-school.

Currently in the country 941 such institutions operate. The integration of general secondary education is manifested in the system of learning and teaching facilities. At the I stage these institutions provide general secondary education, at the II one they provide specialized secondary education in the field of visual art, music, drama and choreography. The integration of vocational training is reflected in functioning vocational and technical colleges, which consistently give a working profession and specialized secondary education mainly in the field of arts and crafts.

The external integration of specialized secondary and higher education is reflected in the work of branches of institutions of higher education functioning on the premises of specialized secondary schools of art and culture. Thus, currently there are branches of the Belarusian State Academy of Music in 5 regions of the republic. A unique example of integration of general secondary specialized secondary and higher education is the Republican Educational Complex Gymnasium-College of the Belarusian State Academy of Music. The levels of general secondary and specialized secondary education are integrated on the internal type there and the levels of specialized secondary education and higher education – on the external one.