24.02.2014

Composing with the smartphone and making music with passion

The award winners of the European School Music Prize 2014 have been chosen

The award winners of the European School Music Prize 2014 have been determined. Herewith, the association of the musical instrument and music equipment industry SOMM – Society Of Music Merchants e. V. has awarded the European School Music Prize (ESP), with a total endowment of 21,000 EUR, already for the fourth time in a row. In 2014, the prizes go to Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Thuringia and Saarland: In the main categories, two schools and teachers impressed the specialized jury with outstanding creative as well as innovative works in the field of school music education; five other projects were granted special prizes. The ESP will be officially bestowed on March 15, 2014 within the Musikmesse in Frankfurt/Main.

“It is the concern of the European School Music Prize that musical education be given the continuity and quality it needs for maintaining the musical diversity. Only this way can cultural legacy be preserved and passed on in the long term. For that, both financial resources as well as appropriate structures are essential requirements. By awarding the ESP, we set the framework for this continuity, and every year we are pleased about submissions in which it becomes clear that active music making is a cornerstone for experienced cultural diversity”, said Daniel Knöll, Managing Director of the SOMM – Society Of Music Merchants.

The aim of the European School Music Prize is to make visible, acknowledge and carry further the work accomplished in school music classes. “I am glad that the ESP is accepted so well by the music teachers”, said the Chairman of the Jury Dr. Wolfgang Pfeifer, music professor at the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, who was pleasantly surprised by the variety of creative teaching methods presented. “The award winners chosen by us provide a wide range of new ideas for the communication of music”, emphasizes Dr. Pfeiffer.

With the highest possible endowment of 4,000 EUR, the Christliche Gymnasium Jena was awarded in the main category “Musical work in the classroom (Year 5-12)”. In the project “Composing with smartphone and tablets”, under direction of Dr. Philipp Schäffler, the jury especially praises “the methodically highly differentiated as well as systematic and targeted work” by the teacher, together with the openness in dealing with modern media, with which the students are picked up exactly there where they stand.

In the category “Musical work in extracurricular activities (Special schools for children with learning difficulties)”, the prize of 3,000 EUR goes to the Schule am Dachsberg (Rückersdorf). The project STUDIO D, under direction of Torsten Nowitzki and Fritz Schumacher, is a good example of how music and music making can enrich children’s personality. Students with a focus on stimulation of Vision and other educational needs are individually stimulated in an impressive manner and led to good musical achievements, the jury appraised.

Information on the ESP as well as an overview of all award winners are available at http://www.europaeischer-schulmusik-preis.eu.

The awards ceremony will take place on March 15 at 2.00 p.m., within the Musikmesse in Frankfurt/Main, in the room “PANEL”, Musikbiz Lounge & Congress.

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