Valentyn Sherstyuk

Head Master of Kyiv Specialized Secondary Music boarding school named after M. Lysenko, the Honoured Art Worker of Ukraine, professor, the head of the General and Special Piano Department of the National Musical Academy of Ukraine named after P. Tchaikovsky.

V. Sherstyuk leads school almost 20 years of its 70-years existence.

Creative activity of V. Sherstyuk is many-sided. It consists of the professional teaching and wide spectrum of musically propagandistic, methodically educated, organizational work.

Creative achievements of V. Sherstyuk in the last few years are:

- founder, editor-in-chief and compiler of the scientific-methodical edition "Research. Experience. Memoirs." (5 issues), which hasn't got analogues among printing editions in the secondary educational establishments of artistic direction; compiler of the scientific manual "Polyphonic works" for the course of piano for higher educational establishments; initiator of renovation and improvement of cur-ricula of the special and general cycles of school, adapted to the specific of educational establishment of such type;

- permanent active organizer of the creative concerts of the talented performers, the boys' chorus, the symphony orchestra of the KSSMS named after M. Lysenko in Ukraine and abroad: in Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Poland...

- one of the founder of the International Contests of Chamber Ensembles in Khmelnytsky;

- udge of the -nd International Contest named after M. Lysenko in Kyiv;

- judge of the International Contest "Music of Hope" in Gomel.

 
Heads of school

Dear friends of school and of the Ukrainian national masterly performance, dear colleagues!

In 2004 Kyiv Specialized Secondary Music boarding school named after M. Lysenko marks the 70-th anniversary. It is safe to say, that this is unordinary event for all admirers of high art. In Ukraine and also in many countries of the world well-known talented performers, conductors, composers, musicologists which got the bases of skill in KSSMS named after M. Lysenko glorify school.

70 years of life is a long way even for one separately taken man. There are difficult years of becoming and self-affirmation for school. Today it is possible to assert that in Ukraine there is a unique school, which exists without analogues.

The main task of our school was always highly professional training of the musically gifted children to the entering to the National Musical Academy of Ukraine named after P. Tchaikovsky and other educational musical establishments of Ukraine and of the world.

Considerable professional achievements of KSSMS named after M. Lysenko were formed by the solid work and reconsideration of progressive directions of the development of history of world and Ukrainian art by the pedagogical collective of school. These achievements gradually became the biography of school.

Our school biography began in 1934. Exactly then first in a country at the Kyiv conservatory the special secondary music school with boarding school for the gifted children was opened. It was called to make of reality professional and aesthetical principles of teaching of the prominent classic of the Ukrainian music - M. Lysenko, and also continue masterly and pedagogical traditions of the talented musicians of the end of the XIX - beginning of the XX centuries. Among them are V. Pukhalsky, L. Auer, G. Neygauz, F. Blumenfeld...

During 70 years of its existence KSSMS named after. M. Lysenko are closely connected by musical, historical and creative relations with the National Musical Academy of Ukraine named after P. Tchaikovsky. The National Academy became the original source of many-sided creative contacts with school. Thanks to participation of great amount of the professorial-teaching staff of academy in the educational process, school quickly reached the level of the educational establishment with a world name. Prominent masters of musical art work on all departments of school, directing their creative and methodical achievements.

At the same time KSSMS named after. M. Lysenko during its existence educated a plenty of musicians - the Honoured Artists, laureates of competitions, professors, research workers which afterwards became the teachers of the National Musical Academy of Ukraine named after P. Tchaikovsky.

Today Kyiv Specialized Secondary Music boarding school named after M. Lysenko is the centre of the secondary special musical education in Ukraine. Exactly it prepares and gives out pedagogical, scientific and methodical developments on the questions of education of performers, orchestral and choral skill, composers and musicologists. Exactly here the most favourable terms are created for the receipt of the professional and complete secondary education.

School today is also a gold national treasury. The honour fell on it to carry the name of the great Ukrainian composer M. Lysenko. School fells out its history mission. It carries wonderful centuries-old traditions of the classic Ukrainian art in XXI century, opening up to the gifted children artistic roads to the tops of professional Olympus and world confession of the Ukrainian masterly performance.

70 years isn't a round date, but the great way passed by school, achievements are so noticeable, that there is the desire to sum up, because without a review in the past there is no future.

Marking the 70-th anniversary today, I want to wish to all admirers of high musical art creative inspiration, achievement of the most considerable tops in skill, gladness of creative search and wonderful moments in intercourse with the magic world of music.

Head master, the Honoured Art Worker of Ukraine professor, the head of the General and Special Piano Department of the National Musical Academy of Ukraine named after. P. Tchaikovsky.

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