Education and Music

Music on Tour – Educational Programme 

The Hungarian National Philharmonic launched the Music on Tour chamber music series as a part of its educational programme in 2015. We primarily hold concerts in rural communities where the children enjoy few opportunities to encounter quality classical music. The programme also takes us on visits to institutions where the next generation of musicians are being educated: primary schools and high schools with arts-focused curricula.

The concerts’ educational character makes them an occasion to expand the children’s knowledge of music, but their principle function is to provide entertainment, which can serve to stimulate their interest in classical music and inspire students who are already involved in playing music to continue these activities.

We coordinate the programmes for the concerts with the teachers of the hosting schools and provide the opportunity for talented students to also perform. The programme is always child-oriented, incorporating many colourful explanations with which we attempt to kindle the young people’s interest in classical music and the various instruments. Our travelling artists are always drawn from those who have shown the greatest affinity for teaching and getting involved with youngsters. In the case of arts schools of the primary and secondary level, they hold “mini master classes” for talented local students, which music teachers and interested parents are also welcome to attend. At these, the finest artists in Hungary hone music students’ skills while refining their technique and introducing them to tricks of the trade both large and small. This often ends up providing not only the students with a new point of view, as the teachers are also exposed to new perspectives.

In 2015, we gave concerts at 26 educational institutions, including KIP (Complex Instruction Programme) schools using an integrated education method aimed at disadvantaged children. In 2016, we sent out an invitation for applications and received 67 submissions from schools around the country. By the end of 2017 we had visited each one of them.

In the 2018/19 season, the Music on Tour programme’s primary focus moved to the Symphonia Foundation. This is the foundation that operates the Symphonia Primary Schools of the Arts (SAMI), which provide free music education to students for whom playing music can serve as an effective means of social integration and convergence. Over the course of the season, we gave 40 concerts, of which 15 took place at SAMI schools. The season’s innovation was the Music on Tour+ methodology concert, which is aimed at future teachers, with the first one taking place at the Eszterházy Károly University in Eger.

In April 2019 we opened up another round of applications for Music on Tour chamber concerts to every state-supported primary and high school in Hungary, as well as to arts schools at both levels and combined methodology schools. To our great delight, 334 schools applied, of which we are able to reach 40 in the 2019/20 season. Subsequent to the Music on Tour concerts, we endeavour to maintain our relationships with the schools and offer other opportunities, such as attending orchestra rehearsals.

We are eager to hear your questions and comments about the Music on Tour programme, which can be directed to Éva Szathmáry, our staff member responsible for developing and administering educational programme, via e-mail  (szathmary.e@filharmonikusok.hu) or telephone (+3630 411 6663).