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From its foundation in the early 1970s, Itemm has evolved into an internationally recognised research and training centre for music-based professions.

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1978 : the French Piano Tuners and Repairers Association (A.F.A.R.P.) known today as Europiano France, took the initiative to set up the C.N.P.M.M., a national centre to promote technical music professions that aimed to train future professionals. It begins with piano training courses and was extended to other instruments : wind instruments, guitars and accordions. Courses in musical instrument trade and sound engineering followed. During the 1970s, the school gained in importance and popularity. Student numbers increased and new diplomas were developed.

1981 : the National Training Centre for Technical Music Apprenticeships  opened. Bringing together representatives of professional associations, the concept evolved to the National School of Technical Music Professions, known as the E.N.A.M.M.. That remains true today. Professional representatives are members of Itemm’s Board of Directors, Development Board and of the Scientific and Technical Steering Committee.

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1988 : the European Parliament made instrument making one of the founding principles of Europe’s cultural identity to preserve knowledge and practices by making a priority to protect small businesses and shared heritage, by encouraging and supporting the tradition of excellence in innovation.

The European Parliament Resolution, dated from 10th February 1988 acted on the establishment of a European Centre for Technical Music Professions that should train instrument makers, tuners and repairers, safe-keep the industry knowledge and lead innovation within the music and technology industry. A EU-wide call for application was launched. Strong of 20 years of experience in the field, the project presented by the Le Mans team was chosen. The “European technological Institute for Musical Professions” was born.

1992 : Itemm officially opened.

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A quarter of a century later, Itemm occupies a unique position amongst its peer institutions. Our success lies in a constantly evolving and expanding training programme that combines tradition and innovation.

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