Higher Conservatory of Music of Vigo, Spain
Conservatorio Superior de Vigo (the Higher Conservatory of Music of Vigo) was created in 1956 as a City Council initiative, and it became the first Higher Conservatory in Galicia (Spain) in 1984. Since 2003, teaching has focused exclusively on higher level composition, musicology, pedagogy, interpretation and production and management. Every year CSMVigo welcomes around three hundred students, mainly from Spain, but also from other nationalities, which provides musical and cultural wealth to the institution. Conservatorio Superior de Vigo has intense cultural activity that includes more than fifty events every year; concerts, lectures, exhibitions, etc., and an intensive Erasmus exchange program. The traditional music department admits about twenty bagpipers from all over Galicia, as well as international students. The traditional music department works with Galician popular and traditional music instruments such as the hurdy-gurdy and a variety of percussion instruments. In addition, the musicology department specializes in ethnomusicology and works closely together with the traditional music department to study and spread knowledge of Galician traditional music.