Music education in Čakovec began on January 8, 1946 when the establishment of the first Music School in Čakovec was approved. The school operated at that time in very modest conditions - among other things in the premises of the former horse-stable, with only a few teachers and twenty students.

On June 30, 1954 the school became the Music Course Čakovec and on March 13, 1964 the course became the Regional Department of Music School in Varaždin, but on July 13, 1972 the department separated from the school in Varaždin and became the Primary Music School Čakovec at the Workers’ University of Čakovec. The school then separated from the Workers’ University and became the Primary Art School Čakovec with the decision of the County Assembly of Međimurje on September 27, 1995. It moved to its present location Vladimira Nazora 14 in Čakovec and in 2003 the Ballet Department started its activities. On October 23, 2006 the name of the school was changed to the Art School Miroslav Magdalenić Čakovec.

The school consists of the Primary Music School, Primary Ballet School, Music Playroom and Music Course, and it operates in 5 locations: Čakovec - Music Department and Ballet Department, Mursko Središće, Prelog and Donji Kraljevec. The teaching involves 10 solo instruments, several theoretical subjects and collective playing (Wind Orchestra, accordion, guitar, brass and woodwind ensembles, 3 chamber choirs and a large children's choir).

In cooperation with the Croatian Society of String Pedagogues and under the auspices of the City of Čakovec, the School biennially organizes the renowned International Rudolf Matz Competition. Public performances, departmental and school concerts are also held with the great support of the founder - the City of Čakovec, and the students and school staff actively participate in cultural, musical and public life of the city and the county. The students regularly participate in regional, state and international competitions, where they win extremely valuable and high prizes, and music teachers are well-versed in their professional training and they conscientiously nurture the talents and skills of young musicians and thus achieve ambitious results. Numerous music and dance pedagogues, performers, soloists, members of the ensemble and orchestra have been students here, and they thank this school for their artistic beginnings. By continuing their secondary and tertiary education, by gaining vocations and high titles, educating new generations of musicians in our and other schools, our former students are witnessing the continuity of music and dance education, the quality of work and commitment of music and dance pedagogues – members of our school staff.

Senka Bašek Šamec

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