An education method with social impact
Musethica is a method for educating talented musicians in musical interpretation. Selected young musicians perform a large number of concerts together with world-renowned tutors. Learning by doing is the motto.
The purpose of Musethica is to give musicians an intense humanistic and musical experience, strongly developing their listening skills and their performing skills. At the same time, Musethica provides free concerts to excluded groups in society.
What started as a simple idea by the founders Avri Levitan and Carmen Marcuello in 2012, has sparked interest from musicians and institutions all around the world. As a result, Musethica organizes hundreds of concerts yearly to schools of special education, elderly homes, women shelters, prisons, refugee homes, and other institutions where the demand for concerts has been proven to be endless.
Behind this growing organization stands a group of wonderful, dedicated people, from different professional backgrounds, putting in their time and energy to make it all happen. You can get to know the local teams and their activities in the pages of the different countries.
Musethica thrives through its many collaborations with social, educational and health institutions, music academies, festivals, concert halls, and others.
Musethicas method can be implemented in different ways, most commonly as sessions, international festivals, and university programs.
A minimum of 85 percent of Musethicas concerts take place outside traditional concert venues and are free of charge.
Musethicas vision is to become an integrated program in music academies and universities worldwide.
„(...)Never has a concert been closer, more engaged, more emotional, more touching, more accessible. (...) Musethica is a wonderful project and should/must be an integral part of social exchange. It brings people together, musicians and audience in close contact, promotes understanding and makes the world a more beautiful place.” Anke Weihrauch, Director of Neukirchner Erziehungsverein Wohnheim für Autist*innen
Can inspiration be taught?
Musethica was developed out of a need that has so far received little consideration in classical music education: Regularly playing in front of an audience.
The task and ability of musicians to be the bridge between a musical composition and the listener cannot be learned exclusively in a rehearsal room. In order to bring their instrument to the greatest possible effect, future professional musicians need to encounter the audience.
The intensive training programme of Musethica is characterised by the enormous musical challenge of playing an average of 12-14 concerts during the one-week sessions. Beyond the competition of everyday university life, the musicians are able to increase their concentration and performance in direct resonance with the audience. Musicians and audiences can learn from each other and what it means to hear themselves and others.
In all venues, be it the Philharmonie or the kindergarten, the musicians take the concerts very seriously and treat their audience with great respect. It is not a music education programme with explanations and teachings. The music speaks for itself. After each concert there is time for an informal dialogue between audience and musicians. This leads to touching encounters.
Through the high musical quality, the concept of Musethica unfolds its social effect. Experience shows a strong correlation between the musical quality and the attention of the audience.
The musicians are selected in an application process by Musethica's international jury. Together with the tutors, the students study a repertoire, which they then perform together many times in front of different people during a Musethica session. The tutors are internationally successful soloists and professors from the world's leading music universities. By participating in the training programme, the musicians make impressive progress in a short time. They learn to play in an intuitive way and to communicate through music.
„It is a great joy to see burdened and shamed people access their feelings, feel alive and valuable enough that musicians from all over the world come to play for them.”Sabine Hüdepohl, Director of JVA for Women, Neuwedellerstraße, Berlin
Learning from the audience
The extraordinary audience in the social and educational institutions contributes directly to this process: The audience is not necessarily used to classical music. Often, senior citizens or young people with or without mental or physical disabilities show their emotional reactions to the music - positive or negative - completely free of conventions.
The direct response of the audience is a rare experience for the young musicians, which they usually know neither from music academies nor from concert halls. This experience gives them a new perspective on their role as musicians and their important social function.
Musethica was founded in 2012 by violist Avri Levitan and Carmen Marcuello, professor of social economy, in Zaragoza, Spain.
Musethica e.V. has existed in Germany since 2013.
Meanwhile Musethica is active in 10 countries: Germany, Spain, France, Israel, Poland, China, Austria, Finland, Holland and Sweden.
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Contact: Sonia Simmenauer (Director)