A school is an educational establishment designed to offer learning zones and learning environments specifically for the education of students under the guidance of qualified teachers. Most developed countries now have systems of public formal schooling, which in some cases may be compulsory. In such systems, prospective students progress through a sequence of schools designated as educational centres. Every child needs to undergo this learning process at a specific age to be able to participate fully in the educational system of that country.
School can refer to either physical school buildings such as schools, or non-traditional educational centres such as homes, orphanages, camps, and pre-schools. Schools began as places where young people were taught the basics of learning – reading, writing, arithmetic and so on. Over the years, the role of the school has changed considerably, taking on a more holistic one, encompassing both the academic and social aspects of education. Private schools and other institutions of higher learning are usually much less costly than a regular public school.
Chopin was one of the most important composers of the early twentieth century, and to this day he remains one of the most popular composers of all time. Like many other Russian composers, he was denied the status of a professional composer in the Russian empire, but remained in France, where he joined the Academie Francaise. He began studying piano in his early teens, after taking part in political agitation and other activities in his homeland. After studying for several years in Russia, Chopin returned to Paris and enrolled in the Ecole Polytechnique, where he met the famous deaf composer, Eugene Debussy.