Achievements and awards. The third-year student Pavel Fomin is a laureate and holder of the grand-prix of all-Russian and international competitions, presidential grants, the winner of the competition «Young Talents of Russia,» the silver medalist of the World Championship in Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica «World Trophy,» the gold medalist of the Delphic Games of Russia.
Teaching staff. Training in the National Instruments of the Peoples of Russia program is provided by the teaching staff including one Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences (A.S. Bazikov) and one Candidate of Culturology (A.S. Uskov), Honored Art Workers of the Russian Federation (A.S. Bazikov, V.V. Beliaev), People’s Artist of the Russian Federation (V.K. Petrov), Honored Artist of the Mari El Republic D.V. Volkov as well as laureates of international and all-Russian competitions.
Facilities and resources. The academy has 17 specialized classrooms for individual and practical classes. There are four concert halls: the Concert Hall, the Small Hall, the Chamber Hall and the Hall of Shuvalova Musical Salon. State-of-the-art recording and video equipment ensures high-quality recording of concerts. The library and record library collections are regularly replenished with new editions and audio and video recordings.
Education. The department annually holds the All-Russian scientific and practical conference «Preservation of National Traditions in Folk Instrumental Art: Problems and Prospects» and the All-Russian competition festival «National Culture Symbols: Russian Ringing Gusli, Russian Harmonica.» In cooperation with the Department of Ethnomusicology and the Department of Solo Folk Singing the department organizes performance internships for students with the participation in the concerts «Gnesin students present: Preservation of folklore traditions of the peoples of Russia» as well as in the off-premise Russian ringing gusli and Russian harmonica concerts performed by the department in the regions of Russia. Students undertake their teaching internship at the premises of the academy and at the Center for Creative Development and Music and Aesthetic Education «Radost» in Moscow, the Novofedorovskoe Children’s MusicSchool, the Moscow City Integrated Children’s School of Art «Izmaylovo,» and the Children’s School of Arts in the Losino-Petrovsky urban district.
Strategic partners. The department established at the academy cooperates with the Department of Ethnomusicology, the Department of Choral and Solo Folk Singing, the DistrictCulturalCenter «Kupina» named after L.Ia. Zhuk (the Moscow Region, the Nakhabino Work Settlement), the Center for Creative Development and Music and Aesthetic Education «Radost,» the Novofedorovskoe Children’s Music School, the Moscow City Integrated Children’s School of Art «Izmaylovo,» and the Children’s School of Arts of the Losino-Petrovsky urban district.