School orchestra program in French-speaking Switzerland with the support of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations
The two-year project – involving a school in the town of Thônex, Accademia d’Archi, the Public Education Department and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations – will be launched in September 2012 at the start of the new school year.
Children will be able to try violins, violas, cellos and double basses and choose the instrument they will learn to play with two teachers and a qualified music instructor. In addition to classroom instruction, annual overnight weekend events and a number of other daytime-only weekend events will be hosted to build ties among students and provide additional practice time and exposure to music.
Children will be given several opportunities to perform in public at school and at Accademia d’Archi. They will also be invited to attend concerts and take music theory classes.
This initiative fully supports the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations’ commitment to making music as accessible as possible. Teaching children how to play a musical instrument directly gives them the tools they need to acquire self-confidence for life-long development.