oops sorry about that long wait! hope this makes up for it! huge thanks to @sunlitshowers and @megatraven for helping me work through this chapter. i owe you my life tbh and shoutout to @reyxa and @agrestenoir for listening to me scream into the void and smash my head against the keyboard as i wrote this!!
i hope you guys like it!!!!
Adrien Agreste is horribly, visibly nervous. He stands in front of his locker, aggressively tapping his foot and refreshing his text messages with Nino again—
From: lover boi To: alya’s bf Hey i need u to come to my locker i’m freaking out
From: lover boi To: alya’s bf It’s important i have done something horrifically stupid Even by my standards
From: lover boi To: alya’s bf Bro it has been fifteen minutes where in the fuc k
Adrien can’t stop thinking about it. About how he had asked Marinette out. About how her hand had felt in his, and how badly he wants to feel that again.
About how she didn’t look at the note before he’d left.
About how he might have ruined everything.
His post-it note game had turned into a gamble, and the universe’s slot machine is refusing to tell him if he’s won or lost the bet. Finally, his phone vibrates.
I just survived my music analysis exam, since I’m now free I’m going to use this chance to stay active on the blog. So, as people suggested in the last post, I’m going to speak about the experience of studying in Italy.
So, I was born and raised in Italy and, despite all the flaws you can find in the Italian Education System, I’m quite sure it is still one of the best in the world.
First thing you need to know, if you are planning to come to study in Italy, is that italian universities only offer courses in the italian language (except faculties like medicine in big cities like Milan), so yes, if you want to attend an italian school you’ll need a language certification. The best thing about Italian Education System is that is FREE, and by free I mean that, until university, you don’t have to pay anything to study (except the price of books). Universities are public too, but you have to pay some taxes which can go from 900 euros (that’s the case of most conservatories) to 2000 euros per year, but that’s nothing in front of the costs of english or american universities, for example.
Italian school is known for its high standards, history (as you know, Bologna university was the very first one in the world), and for its theorical approach to subjects. Since middle school, students start studying really hard. Italian kids are used to study approximately 5/7 hours per day (especially in high school), that’s also why most of italian students don’t work, not even part-time. This system provides students an high level of education, but it can be stressfull and it lacks of a pratical approach. Very often, when italian students go (for example for a master) studying abroad, they find out that yes, they have a larger knowledge than the others, but even if they KNOW things, they don’t always know HOW TO DO things.
At italian conservatories it’s exactly the same thing: we study a lot of theory, history etc, but we have few classes of improvisation and performance, which must be replaced by masterclass and other kinds of experiences.
In italian conservatories you can find 3 different courses: baroque music, classical music, and jazz music, for each instrument.
Studying music in Italy can be fascinating, because you find yourself surrounded by the same places, traditions and cities that inspired the greates masters. We def have amazing teachers, but since conservatories are public and statal (not all of them, but that’s a different and complex story) schools, the best teachers usually prefer to work at Accademie (which are post-graduated perfecting schools), since they are private schools that can pay better.
If you’re interested in studying at an Italian Conservatory, I would suggest you not to look only for “conservatories”, since not all of the Institutes have been transformed into “conservatories” yet. The “”“real”“” conservatories nowadays are the oldest ones, like the ones of Milan, Naples, Florence.. but the whole country is FULL of Institutes which work the same way, and that are proper conservatories (which will give you the same degree), but I don’t know way (I suppose because Italian Politics are strange and slow) they are not called the same way. For example I study at Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali P. Mascagni, located in Livorno, Tuscany. It is not called “conservatorio”, but it is one indeed. So my advice is to look for “Istituti Pareggiati” too, because some of them are really good, and can offer good teachers.
A brief list of the best conservatories in Italy (even if it depends on which department you’re interested in):
-Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Milan
-Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia, Rome
-Conservatorio Di Musica E.F. Dall'Abaco, Verona
-Fondazione Scuola Di Musica Di Fiesole, Fiesole (Florence)
-Istituto Musicale Boccherini, Lucca
-Conservatorio Arrigo Boito, Parma
-Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Tartini, Trieste
Hope you liked the post,
If you have doubts or if you’re just curious don’t esistate to ask! Use the ask section, and I’ll be happy to answer to every question.
I’m sorry for any english mistakes, but as you know it isn’t my first language
In case anyone is interested, here are a number of books/plays/poems (excluding Shakespeare) that various operas are based on. A fair few of them are rather different to the opera but they’re nonetheless incredibly interesting to read: