A total of 2600 pupils attend Liechtenstein Music School. That is equivalent to 7% of the population, making Liechtenstein the country in Europe with the highest proportion of music pupils. Founded in 1963, the school offers a broad range of classes for all age groups. That means that almost everyone in Liechtenstein has some kind of connection to the Liechtenstein Music School during their lifetime.
Generous support from the national government and municipal councils when it comes to infrastructure and financing are proof of the importance of what is the largest education institution in Liechtenstein. In addition to the main music school, there are also two smaller music school centres in Triesen and Eschen that offer music enthusiasts of all ages excellent conditions for modern music teaching.
Tuition at the Liechtenstein Music School covers both singing and instrumental music and encompases all genres, including classical and folk music as well as jazz, pop and rock. The members of staff are trained musicians with a diploma from a recognised higher education institution or academy of music.
Playing music together is a major part of life at Liechtenstein Music School and is promoted and supported accordingly. Performances and concerts put on by the school's choirs, ensembles, orchestras and bands contribute significantly to the cultural scene in Liechtenstein.
The Liechtenstein International Masterclasses have been held since 1970. The list of international stars who come to Liechtenstein each summer to share their knowledge with around 100 up-and-coming musicians reads like a who's who of the music world. The traditional concerts put on by the teachers and pupils are one of the country's musical highlights each summer. Also of great importance is the International Music Academy, an institution created to support and promote talented young musicians.