What kind of impulses and ideas are needed to promote diversity in musical education? In the context of migration and integration processes, what is the role that musical cultural diversity can play? What significance does this diversity have for identity development and the success of a society characterized by immigration?


Migration in Germany is not unique or an exception, but has been a normality for generations. Migrants bring their own (musical) culture with them. But to what extent are demographic change, migration and refugee movements reflected in the musical landscape and the musical-cultural education?

This is the reference point of the musical pedagogic concept at Bridges – Musik verbindet. The music of foreign countries has little place in music lessons at school, music schools and musical institutions. Our musicians have a wealth of different musical and cultural backgrounds, so we would like to tackle this issue this through music pedagogical collaborations with our partners.

“Bridges in the classroom” is a project of Bridges – Musik verbindet in cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt and the con moto foundation


Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Schilling-Sandvoss, Professor of Music Pedagogy and Dean of Faculty 2 (Teaching professions, Science and Composition) at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt, a one-semester seminar with the above-mentioned content took place. The seminar was addressed to teaching-students of all types of schools but was also open to students with other musical degrees.

In weekly classes, the students first dealt theoretically with intercultural musical pedagogy. Then, together with six musicians of Bridges – Musik verbindet, they developed lessons on the topics of Afghan music, flamenco and Arabic music. The lessons were held at three different schools in Frankfurt.
The Bridges musicians were actively involved as a team of two – on the one hand as artists, who played their musical style live and on the other hand as theoretical experts on the styles as well as instruments, on which they also answered questions.
Due to the high diversity in schools, there is a high awareness of Arabic music and its instruments, but also of the other musical styles presented.
“Bridges in the classroom” will be continued in Summer 2019 at the HfMdK Frankfurt und will be financed by the con moto foundation.