Do you want to experience music with your class? We’ll be pleased to give school classes of different levels insights into the everyday life of the Orchestra. With our offers, we would like to
- arouse schoolchildren’s curiosity for classical music
- familiarise them with music and reduce any associated anxieties
- give all social classes access to music
- explain to children and young people the world of a symphony orchestra
- create unforgettable moments
Would you like to be involved? All offers for schools are organised in cooperation with the Fachstelle Schulkultur der Stadt Zürich (School Culture Office of the City of Zurich) and the Volksschulamt des Kantons Zürich (Elementary School Office of the Canton of Zurich). You will find the current announcements on the City of Zurich’s intranet as well as the Schule&Kultur, where you can register yourself and your class.
Teachers from schools outside the Canton of Zurich interested in this project should please contact Aurélie Banziger Dinerchtein directly.
Offers for primary schools
Our activities for primary school classes currently focus on the Sing-Romantik Project, which we run twice a year. Register in good time, as places are limited!
Two-and-a-half days of pure music: that is Sing-Romantik. Eight classes are invited to the Tonhalle Maag, where they will be coached by the renowned vocal teacher Friedhilde Trüün and members of the Orchestra. They will rehearse classics of the Romantic repertoire arranged for children’s voices and then perform them at a concert together with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich – a unique experience for all involved as well as their parents, friends and relations. Furthermore, there are instrument and rhythm laboratories to discover and try out, as well as vocal training given by members of the Zürcher Sing-Akademie.
Registered teachers are prepared for the events at an orientation briefing. Each class will be allotted a member of the Orchestra as a godfather or godmother, who will visit the class in advance.
National Future Day
On National Future Day, we too open our doors to fifth-year schoolchildren with an interest in music. An exciting and varied programme offers them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the spheres of activity associated with an orchestra.
Announcements and registration via the www.nationalerzukunftstag.ch website only.
Together with their teachers and musicians from the TOZ, string and woodwind students from the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich (Zurich Conservatory, MKZ) develop their own view of a musical work and convey this to the audience at a pre-concert. The Education Project is organised in direct collaboration with the MKZ.
Offers for senior classes
We will be pleased to give senior classes a look behind the scenes of the Tonhalle Zurich. Or we bring music to them at school.
Guided tour and dress rehearsal – a peek behind the scenes
Let us take you and your class through the Tonhalle Maag and its backstage facilities. We will tell you how much and what is precisely required to guarantee the smooth running of a concert hall. You will gain insight into various fields of work and the very special world of an orchestra, in which all are responsible for ensuring that, evening after evening, music that touches people can be made.
Following the tour, you and your class will attend the first half of a dress rehearsal. Experience classical music up close with your students.
Musicians’ discussion and rehearsal or concert – experience musicians
A musician from the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich will tell your class about everyday working life in the ensemble. Why does one become a musician? How much does one have to practise? Are professional musicians nervous before concerts? There will be personal and humorous answers to these and any other questions that your students may ask.
After the discussion, you and your class will attend a rehearsal or a concert. Here, your students will experience what they have previously heard and been explained with all their senses.
Concert – Contact with classical music
Many young people may have inhibitions when it comes to attending a classical concert. If they go with their class, this attitude can change. Give your students the opportunity to experience classical music.
Senior classes from the City or Canton of Zurich can reserve tickets for selected concerts. Teachers will receive a description of the concert and links for preparation in the classroom.
Students organise a concert
Are there young people at your school who would enjoy organising a concert? Together with former student managers of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, five to six senior students from your school put together a concert with a young musician in your assembly hall – in such a way that it will appeal to people of their own age. The invited artists are internationally in demand soloists and chamber music ensembles.
At an intensive workshop and coached by the Tonhalle Society Zurich, the students will find out what it takes to organise a concert professionally: hotel and travel arrangements, advertising design, concert presentation and programming in close consultation with the musicians, and much more besides.
Finally, they will also organise a chamber concert as part of our Série jeunes series. A great experience that will boost their self-confidence.