Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music
The Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music or Pontificio Instituto de Música Sagrada (P.I.M.S.) is an institution of higher education of the Roman Catholic Church specifically dedicated to the study of sacred music. It is based in Rome, Italy.
On 23 September 1914, Pope Benedict XV referred to the institute as part of the legacy left to him by his predecessor saying he would support and promote it in the best way possible. Pope Pius XI's Motu Proprio, Ad musicae sacrae (22 November 1922) confirmed the connection between the institute and the Apostolic See.
With the Apostolic Constitution Deus scientiarum Dominus of 1931, the institute, retitled, the "Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music", was included among the ecclesiastical academic institutes.
The Institute grants the following degrees in sacred music: Bachelor (3 years), Licentiate (2 years) and a Doctorate. The degrees are offered with one of the following foci: Gregorian chant, composition, choral direction, musicology, pipe organ and pianoforte.
Instruction in Italian is offered in harmony, counterpoint, fugue, composition, acoustics, music history and analysis, musicology, bibliography, research methods, ethno-musicology, editing of music, notation, Gregorian chant, liturgics, piano, pipe organ, score reading, continuo (figured bass), keyboard improvisation, choral conducting and Latin.
Students of note
- France Ačko
- Fabrizio Barchi
- Lourdino Barreto
- Miguel Bernal Jiménez
- Theodore Marier
- Armando Pierucci
- Robert Skeris
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- History of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music (The Vatican)