Back to normal, after a small break. So, the Greek government announced last week the opening of an Arts Academy. The arts of music, dance, and drama will be hosted in it. Great News!
You wish... Let's start from square one: what would you expect from and arts academy? If you take for example Berlin or Vienna, these are institution of University status. Shouldn't also the Greek Arts Academy have the same status? Huhuhuh!!! No sir, we are ahead from everybody else, WE don't follow! We don't want to be the last country in Europe to make an academy -in the sense any civilized and informed person would understand that word...
Here's the problem: the educational institutions in Greece are under the supervision of the ministry of education (naturally, you would think!!!). Well, it's not so simple with Greeks: the music conservatories for example, which by the way follow a very old law (from the '60s if I'm not mistaken), are under the supervision of the ministry of culture. As such, they have theoretically and practically no place in the education scheme of Greece. A greaduate from a Greek conservatory has NO education whatsoever for Greece, other than her/his school degree. Confusing huh???
There's now the academy, and one would think that finally, the problems are over since now, one can go there and study. What happened? A very ambitious minister of culture who wants to get some attention and show some "work". This results to another music education institution not categorized in the Greek scheme of education. A luxurious conservatory in other words. It is however not just one person's fault. There are at least two other sides that carry a burden for this mess. The one is consisted from those musicians who made the proposition plan to the government, indeed a very good plan as I found out. It seems that it wasn't accepted as proposed. They yet stayed there until the end, and of course honored with thier presence the government when its ministers presented the academy in a press conference.
The other part of the equasion are the university professors and other teaching staff.. You see, there are already 3 departments of musicology in Greece, and one department of music -the last more or less is equivalent to a music academy... Practically, it is however far away from what one whould think as an academy, since its students enter the department without entrance exam in their instrument (if you feel hard to believe the last sentence, read it again; carefully; and again). If I write that many of the teachers in those wouldn't really like to have a 5th player in the game, would anyone believe me? Maybe not, but it is unfortunately so... I don't mean that everyone opposes a real academy, but some.
So, as I always said, it takes a chain of mistakes for a plane to crush. You just got the chain. The plane is however not full, since most of the younger people leave to study abroad. And that's fine with me. Cheers!