Budapesti Ward Mária Általános Iskola, Gimnázium és Zeneművészeti Szakgimnázium

The Introduction of the Secondary School for Musical Arts

Our school, formerly known as the School of the English Ladies, maintained by Congregatio Jesu (CJ), has been educating pupils since 1787, with a gap of 49 years between 1948 and 1997. In the 2015/2016 termweare going to start a secondary school for musical arts with Church musician, Classical musician with early music specialization, and Folk musician directions.

Professional knowledge can be learnt parallelly with high level academic studies, and in technical and further education after school leaving exams.

Our starting trainings aim to nurture universal, European, and national traditions as well as to protect our cultural heritage. Such training is not available on secondary level in Hungary at the moment, so our initiative is of a pioneering character. In our classical musician specialities we put an emphasis on teaching historian rendering, presenting and using period performing practices.

These three musical directions in one school mean a considerable surplus as ages and styles, sacred and lay, individual and communal experiences and active and receptive roles exercise mutual influence.

We are co-operating with the departments of Liszt Ferenc University of Musical Art in connection with our starting training courses. Students graduating from us can find jobs requiring intermediate level musical qualifications as well as go into higher education.

The founder of Congregatio Jesu, Mary Ward also found it important to educate the whole person, to emphasize emotional education. We would like to provide this for our students and by them the society of the future by starting our secondary school for musical art. 

Kálmán Némethy