debra wrote:In Belgium the ban on PA discourages older people who learned the PA as a child from going back to music school to keep their skills up to date. Fortunately there are a number of teachers who (perhaps not entirely legally) do allow adults who already play PA. And they even attract students from the Netherlands (who pay the same low Belgian rates).
Watch out for the music police , the inspection
In Flanders inspection evaluation reports on music academy visits are online (in Flemish):http://data-onderwijs.vlaanderen.be/ond ... spx?hs=316
Accordion has to meet the same quality standards as any other music instrument. I have read online reports on some accordion courses in public music schools that were considered below required standards.
Public music education in Flanders and Belgium has a long history, dating from the early years of Belgium, 19th century. It is a complex history, and the influence of the French revolution and ideas of French music pedagogues have influenced this history.
Public music schools and the finance/budgetary implications are a permanent balancing exercice for the government. Indeed it is a great effort for the government in terms of budget, but a political and social choice. Music education is important in life.
In Belgium, it is much much cheaper than private music courses. And the quality and public control is higher.
Private music lessons are very expensive in comparison to public music school education. And private music lessons means the teacher "will not bite the hand that feeds the teacher"...
Happy New Year 2017
in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis