Project name: MUS-E® programme – ARTS AT SCHOOL
Project framework: The MUS-E® Programme was created by the outstanding violinist and humanist Yehudi Menuhin in 1993
Project coordinator: International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (IYMF). Belgium
Partner countries: The MUS-E ® Programme is active in 11 European and non- European countries. Currently there are 1000 artists working with 50.00 children in 450 primary schools.
Target group: Children living in areas with a high risk factor of exclusion and where schools have to cope with multi-cultural and acute social problems
Objectives: The MUS-E® Programme concentrates on the development of the child from an early age through the arts. MUS-E® helps enable these children to tap into their culturally diverse resources, thus breaking down stereotypes
Project description (10-15 lines)
The fundamental principle of MUS-E® is that art should be part of daily education, accessible to all and therefore to open new possibilities of expression and ways of looking at life and people. The project promotes social integration and aims to reduce levels of violence, racism and social exclusion amongst the young.
The MUS-E® Programme took on practical shape thanks to the efforts of Werner Schmitt, head of the music school of the Bern Conservatoire, and Marianne Poncelet, Executive Vice-President of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.
MUS-E® is inspired by the educational musical concept developed by Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967), a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist and teacher; his concept, circulated throughout Hungary, was that music should be part of daily education and be accessible to everyone. Zoltán Kodály defended the idea that each country should know its own traditional culture. Yehudi Menuhin extended Kodály’s concept by adapting it to the current realities of multiculturalism. While agreeing with Kodály about the importance of singing, he also insisted on the importance of movement, the various senses, the body and the imaginary world in the practice of art from different cultures.
The MUS-E® programme intends particularly to help those children coming from challenging environments to begin the road of personal fulfilment through music, singing, drama, painting, dance and all art disciplines. One of the most important elements of the programme is that professional artists come into the primary classroom to give classes on a regular basis. Working in both inner city areas and rural villages, the artists of MUS-E® introduce new ways of thinking and creating, in order to stimulate children’s harmonious development.