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)