Orchestre en Classe, Switzerland

We have supported Geneva’s open music conservatory since 2010.

The ‘Orchestra at School’ programme teaches children how to play an instrument of their choice and encourages them to put together a small orchestra in their school. Pupils who benefit from the programme go to schools in Geneva’s Priority Education Zone and generally come from low-income families.

This programme has the benefit of opening up children to culture and allows them to experience, understand and appreciate a form of art, which they normally would not be exposed to. A survey conducted with both the children and their parents showed that playing a musical instrument has given the children a great sense of self-worth and pride in their abilities.

There are now 11 different classrooms orchestras in seven schools in Geneva, including four string groups and seven wind ensembles.

(photo credit: Jean-Marie Glauser)

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220 instruments
220 pupils

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