Since 1995 it is located in the prestigious sixteenth century Palazzo Giocosi-Mariani, in the historic center of the town. The Institute’s classrooms, offices, library and recordings collection are located in the building’s three floors.
The extensive range of courses offered, which include pre-academic and academic courses (three-year courses and two-year specialization courses) and courses from the previous didactic structure (currently winding down), extends from the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire to jazz and electronic music, and is also open to students from the EEC through the Erasmus scheme.
The Institute has a long and prestigious history behind it, the foundations of which lie in the Cathedral music school (sixteenth century) and the Civic music schools that, from the Unity of Italy onward, were particularly active during the second half of the 19th centiry. Today the Institute is a modern, dynamic reality: its limited size facilitates high levels of specialization and constant attention to the quality of training provided by a body of young teaching staff who are still at the height of their artistic careers. It also works intensely with local bodies and associations. The Briccialdi Institute has made a successful start within the Erasmus scheme, and is currently the partner of eight prestigious institutions.
The “Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “G. Briccialdi” of Terni is one of the three AFAM (Italian post-graduate Art and Music Training Academies) institutes in Umbria Region.