In 1919 composer Juozas Naujalis founded the Kaunas music school. This school was acknowledged as a school of higher education and in 1933 was reorganised into the Kaunas Conservatoire. 1933 is therefore considered to be the founding year of the current Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 1949 the Kaunas Conservatoire and the Vilnius Conservatoire (founded in 1945) were merged into the Lithuanian State Conservatoire. In 1992 the Conservatoire was renamed the Lithuanian Academy of Music (LMA), and in 2004 – the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA).