What are Class orchestras?

Class orchestra "Orchestre des Monstres Fantastiques", Fête de la musique Genève 2015, Direction: Arturo Corrales. Foto: Chris Wadsworth

Making music together means listening to each other, working on and experiencing music together.

  • Class orchestras offer every pupil the chance to gain initial experience in playing an instrument and making music together and of acquiring a basic knowledge of musical theory. 

  • Class orchestras benefit the powers of concentration and social behaviour. Performing together strengthens the children’s self-confidence and motivates them to make further efforts.

  • Class orchestras should afford all children ‒ and in some cases their parents too ‒ access to music and culture.

  • Class orchestras usually take place during teaching in elementary school and involve all of the children in a class.

  • Class orchestras reveal hidden talents.

Apart from the widespread classes for wind and string instruments, there are also classes for percussion and singing, for example, as well as classes with instruments from various instrument families.

The class and music teacher(s) give lessons on a team teaching basis. The Class orchestra rehearses on a weekly basis for one to two years and perform in public at school events after a short space of time.

Class orchestra - Rehearsal "Orchestre des Monstres Fantastiques", Carouge/GE 2015. Conducting: Arturo Corrales. Foto: David Schnell


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