L'Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Luigi Boccherini è una della più antiche scuole musicali d'Italia. Fa parte del settore dell'Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale, insieme ai Conservatori, alle Accademie di Belle Arti, all'Accademia Nazionale di Danza, all'Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica e agli Istituti superiori per le industrie artistiche.
Gli ordinamenti didattico e statutario sono conformi alle direttive del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca Scientifica (MIUR).
L'Istituto rilascia Diplomi accademici di primo e di secondo livello, equivalenti a lauree di I e di II livello. I settori di attività propri dell'Istituto sono la formazione musicale professionale, la produzione artistica e la ricerca musicologica. L'Istituto inoltre organizza una propria stagione di concerti, cicli di seminari e conferenze. È attivo anche nel campo della formazione musicale di base, sia con propri corsi di studio che attraverso collaborazioni con altre istituzioni.
The Luigi Boccherini School of Music
The Luigi Boccherini School of Music was founded on August 14th 1842, when Duke Carlo Ludovico di Borbone on receipt of a project submitted by Giovanni Pacini, regulated musical education by decree, and placed it on the same level as other forms of education. This laid the foundations for the creation of a new school that fulfilled all the current criteria for secondary education. Lucca became the fourth Italian city to have a modern school of music which met the educational standards adopted by the Conservatories in Milan and Paris. It was also a recognition of the firmly rooted musical tradition in the city, where music was a source of pride and had a strong connection with the political parties in power. Many famous musicians had their origins in Lucca: Nicolao Dorati, Cristoforo Malvezzi, Gioseffo Guami, Giovanni Lorenzo Gregori, Francesco Barsanti, Francesco Geminiani, Filippo Manfredi, Luigi Boccherini, and of course, Alfredo Catalani and Giacomo Puccini who were students in the school. The school was founded because of a general interest in musical education and the enthusiasm of Giacomo Pacini, a musician born in Catania, who was an adopted citizen of the State of Lucca, and the author of eighty works. He promoted and supported the foundation of a ‘Music Lyceum’ which would unite all the existing music schools in the city. He was nominated director of the new school and remained so until 1852 when the School was taken over by the City Council and Michele Puccini was appointed director. In 1864, after the death of Michele Puccini, Giacomo Pacini was reinstated and remained at his post until his death in 1867. Five years later, in 1872 the School was named after its founder. 1924 was a particularly important year for the school, which was directed by Gaetano Luporini at that time, when it obtained State recognition which placed it on the same level as the State Conservatories. For the centenary of the birth of Luigi Boccherini, 19th February 1943, the school changed its name and became the Luigi Boccherini School of Music. Over the years the number of students, as well as the number of events organized by the school, have increased. At the same time educational activities have widened in scope and improved in quality due to affiliation with prestigious foreign schools. Today, following the directives of the Law 508/99, the School has become a public autonomous body with its own legal identity. It is part of the Higher Artistic and Musical Education sector, together with the Conservatories, the Art Academies, The National Dance Academy, the National Academy of Dramatic Art, and the Institutes of Industrial Art. School courses include professional musical education, artistic production and research in musicology. The new educational organisation and statute conform to the directives laid down by the Ministry of Education, for Universities and Scientific Research (MIUR) and include courses for very young children (from the age of three), introductory courses, pre-academic courses ( course for beginners, preparatory to academic courses), academic courses leading to a Diploma at first or second level, equivalent to a degree, at first or second level and a First Level Master’s Course. This in depth educational itinerary is comprehensive and follows students throughout their whole scholastic formation. The School organises its own concert season, seminaries and conferences, First Level Master’s courses and teaching courses. It also produces and prints a musical magazine called ‘Code 602’. It promotes information through the website (www.boccherini.it), a newsletter and a social network profile. It has a Press Office, and an historic library, and hosts a large number of foreign students who take part in lessons with teaching staff many of whom are part of the Erasmus programme. This is, therefore, a modern University of Music, with roots deep in the past.