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Private primary music education

Primary music education can also be provided by private music schools.

The objectives and tasks in education in a music school are:

  • to discover and develop musical and dance talents;
  • help develop a personality and systemic improvement of the level of musical education of the population;
  • reach an adequate level of knowledge and gaining experience to start participating in amateur instrumental ensembles, orchestras, choirs and dance groups;
  • gain knowledge for continuing musical and dance education;
  • enable artistic experience and expression;
  • enable the personal development of students in accordance with their abilities and developmental laws;
  • educate about general cultural and civilised values which originate from the European tradition;
  • educate about mutual tolerance, respect for differences and cooperation with others;
  • ensure the transfer of national and general human heritage and the development of national consciousness;
  • educate for a multicultural society, while developing and maintaining Slovenia’s cultural and natural heritage.

Pre-school children, primary school students, secondary school students, apprentices, college and higher education students and adults can be educated in a music school under the conditions determined by educational programmes for primary musical and dance education.

Applies for SKD:

  • Cultural education P85.520


  • Applicants who wish to pursue this activity must register the business activity, and have the appropriate legal status.

  • The providers of publicly valid education and training programmes are entered in the register. The register is administered by the ministry competent for education.

    For performing education and training, kindergartens and schools must have professional staff with prescribed education, premises and equipment determined by the minister or the chamber that is authorised by the law.

    Schools and kindergartens can perform the activity of education after being entered in the register managed by the ministry competent for preschool education or education. A kindergarten or school is entered in the register if the conditions determined for premises and equipment are ensured, if they have valid programme and if they attach the statement that the condition referring to ensuring professional staff with required education will be fulfilled until the start of the activity.

    The application for the entry in the register at the ministry competent for preschool education or education is submitted by the management of the kindergarten or school. The application for entry must contain:

    •  name and company name, head office and identification number of the founder or name and surname, birth date, residence and identification number, if the founder is a natural entity;
    • name and head office of the kindergarten or school;
    • number and date of the act of incorporation;
    • the name of the programme implemented by the kindergarten or school;
    • public validity of the programme;
    • statement of the managerial authority on ensuring the fulfilment of spatial, staff and equipment conditions of the statement by the management that the condition referring to ensuring professional staff with required education will be fulfilled until the start of the activity.


    The management of the kindergarten or school is responsible for the truthfulness of data and statements under criminal and damage liability. If there is doubt on ensuring the conditions, the ministry can request the submission of additional evidence on ensuring the conditions for the implementation of activities in the first year after the registration prior to making the entry in the register.

    If special knowledge is required for establishing or assessing a fact and the official person doesn’t have such knowledge, the minister appoints an expert or commission that establishes whether the provider fulfils the prescribed conditions for performing the education activities.

    If the provider fulfils the conditions for entry in the register, the minister issues a decision on the entry into the register.

    Data changes must also be entered in the register. The provider must send any modification of data entered in the register within 30 days upon their occurrence.

    The kindergarten or school is deleted from the register:

    •  if the publicly valid programme is terminated;
    • if a final judgement was issued to prohibit the implementation of the publicly valid programme;
    • upon the inspections' proposal, if the school or kindergarten does not act in accordance with the final inspection decision that refers to the provision of conditions necessary for entry in the register;
    • if it ceases to exist.


  • The name of kindergartens and schools, except kindergartens and schools whose founder is a self-governing ethnic community, must be Slovenian.

    Foreign personal names that are part of the name of a kindergarten or school are written in accordance with Slovenian spelling, or with Italian or Hungarian spelling if it involves the name of a kindergarten and school whose founder is a self-governing ethnic community.

    In addition to the aforementioned information, the name of a private kindergarten or school must also include a mark that the kindergarten or school is private.

    Legal basis

  • Education in kindergartens and schools is carried out in Slovenian.

    In areas where Slovenians and members of the Italian ethnic community live, and which are defined as ethnically mixed areas, also kindergartens and schools are established where education is carried out in Italian (kindergartens and schools in the language of the ethnic community) pursuant to this Act and a special act.

    In areas where Slovenians and members of the Hungarian ethnic community live, and which are defined as ethnically mixed areas, bilingual kindergartens and schools are established where education is carried out in Slovenian and Hungarian (bilingual kindergartens and schools) pursuant to this Act and a special act.

    Legal basis

  • Curricula determine compulsory subjects for short and advanced music schools, weekly and annual number of lessons or additional lessons, and the manner of lesson implementation. Syllabuses determine the contents of subjects, objectives and standards of knowledge.

    Legal basis

  • Schools and kindergartens must have a seal.

    The content and shape of seals of private kindergartens and schools are determined in their Articles of Association.

    Legal basis

  • Private schools use textbooks approved by the competent expert council for compulsory subjects determined by law.

    Legal basis

  • Schools include libraries. Libraries collect library material, but also carry out professional processing, representation and lending, and IT and documentary work as elements of educational work in schools.

    Textbook funds may be established within libraries. Funds for pupils, apprentices and students who cannot pay the contribution for lending textbooks from textbook funds due to their social position are provided by the State.

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  • Education in music schools is carried out according to annual work plans which contain especially:

    • volume and organisation of lessons and other education;
    • distribution of students by subjects, and classes of individual and group lessons;
    • compositions of chamber groups and school orchestras;
    • the timetable of performances and competitions;
    • enrolment plan;
    • deadlines for exams;
    • professional training for teachers and other expert workers;
    • cooperation with parents;
    • cooperation with elementary and other schools;
    • cooperation with other music schools, and cultural and artistic organisations;
    • and other tasks.

    Legal basis

  • Music schools must present rights and obligations of students, the characteristics of the educational programme and the work organisation of music schools to students and parents in a special publication.

    In additional to the compulsory part, publication may have an additional part where other characteristics and special features of schools are presented to students and parents. The content of the additional part and its title is determined by the head teacher in agreement with the school council.

    Music school publications must include information about the school, the presentation of the programme, the organisation of work, and the presentation of house rules that apply to students.

    Publications of private music schools, in addition to the compulsory part, must also present teaching principles if their educational programme differs from the state-approved programme, and a detailed organisation of work in the school.

    When publications are prepared by music schools for the first time, they must be distributed to all students of the school.

    In each school year after that, music schools must issue a renewed publication or an addition to the previous publication with information and changes in the current school year by the end of September.

    When issued, one copy of the publication is sent by music schools to the founder and school management.

    Legal basis

  • Private schools which carry out state-approved programmes of elementary education, elementary music education, secondary vocational and professional education, and grammar schools are entitled to funds from the national budget or a local community budget if they meet the following conditions:

    • that music schools with music educational programme carry out lessons in at least three instruments played in the orchestra and has at least 35 students;
    • that they have employees or teachers provided in another manner required for the implementation of state-approved programmes in accordance with the law and other regulations.

    For the implementation of their programme, private schools are granted 85 per cent of funds allocated for the implementation of the programme in public schools by the State or a local community. Private schools are not entitled to funds for investments, investment maintenance and equipment.

    Private schools may participate in competitions for teaching equipment and aids intended for public schools.

    Legal basis

  • Music schools keep the following databases:

    • a database of students enrolled in the music school, and their parents if students are minors;
    • a database of the students' progress, issued certificates and other documents.
    Databases are kept in school documentation.

    Legal basis

  • Personal information of students is collected, processed, stored and used for the needs of basic music and dance education, and forwarded to the ministry responsible for education to carry out tasks determined by law.

    Personal information may be used and published for the needs of scientific and research work, and the implementation of statistical analyses in a manner that does not disclose the identity of pupils.

    Databases of students, their progress, issued certificates and other documents are kept permanently, while other databases managed by music schools are kept for one year following the conclusion of schooling of students.

    Legal basis

Cross-border/temporary provisions of activity

Last modified:
8. 9. 2021