The school year in Bern is just two weeks young, on a Friday afternoon, the piano teacher Felix Holler (52) SIPS his Espresso. He has not pressant. And this is the Problem: “Often, I can only start at 15.30 with the lessons.”
reason for Hollers frustrating situation: in The afternoon the students are missing. Not because of the lack of the young people since a couple of years of passion for Music – no, his clientele expresses at this time of the school: “The curriculum 21 was a music teacher to a deterioration.” Holler is a self-learned this year unwanted working hours reduction of about 7.5 percent, almost a month’s wages – more than 7000 francs, missing him: “The threshold of pain is reached.”
Agenda of Swiss students is full
Swiss students are extremely busy. After the class, many undergo a kind of leisure marathon: football, floorball, ballet, and violin, piano, guitar. The curriculum 21 is not contributed to the relaxation of the Agenda.
As the education Directors conference, which is responsible for him, the years 2012 and 2018, compared, noted also, “that the lesson numbers in some of the cantons have increased”. In the Canton of Bern, for example, the depending on the class of up to six additional lessons per week. The consequences: “In the cantons, in which the total number of lessons has increased”, the education Directors, “has become the compatibility between the school and the leisure for sure more demanding.”
in other words: The Agenda for many students is full. And the victims also are music teachers.
Large competition and leisure
You have received various feedback, the curriculum design had become more difficult than in previous years, says Nicola von Greyerz, who is President of the Association of the Berne schools of music. This can lead in the worst case, to cases of hardship: You know of examples, in which “students and teacher found no time window, and therefore the instrumental lessons dropped had to be,” says gruyères.
The competition with other leisure activities have increased. The Berne education Directorate, the problem is “known”. In other cantons, such as Lucerne, the People’s education office also has received “such feedback”.
Friday night in Thun, BE., school house Allmendingen, conductor Martin Schranz (52) rehearses with his brass band. Also two teenagers to play with. Not a matter of course in times of trouble recruiting: “to observe This development in the Canton, tearing me almost to the heart,” says Schranz. He also taught as a music teacher, he also reported a Situation that will slowly and dramatically: “Any music teacher must consider how he wants to survive.” The involuntary Siesta in the afternoon, he knows it only too well. Full-time to teach, not be almost possible.
It remains silent on 1. August
This condition leads to a negative spiral: The less children have mastered an Instrument, the less back in the music clubs – in a country like Switzerland, where without village music no anniversary celebration is rising, where it in many places without a male choir on the 1. August remains silent, this is a fatal development.
“Where else can a 16-Year-old with a 70-Year-old to operate the same Hobby?”, Valentin Bishop, President of the Swiss brass musicians asks.
The Music playing in music clubs, orchestras and choirs, serves the cohesion of the society, Nicola von Greyerz is convinced: “If fewer and fewer children are proficient in an Instrument or is no longer properly sing learn, then this is lost.”
shortage of time, a large high-pressure
Bishop, the top brass musicians in the country, has registered that the hourly plan is to become a poet. When he thinks of the new curriculum, he has mixed feelings.
“The time in the afternoon is becoming increasingly scarce, the pressure to perform, but is becoming bigger and bigger,” says Anna fintel man of the Swiss choir Association. Each student had to ask what he can do in addition to the normal school program. “At some point, between the activities selected must be coming,” she says. This development was exacerbated over the years.
There are solutions. A provides that students are allowed to compensate for the music lessons. However, only in areas where they can achieve “even with a reduced workload, significantly more than the Basic requirements,” as it is called in the Bernese regulation – in short, Who is not talented, has bad luck. What the Numbers show: in the past, in the whole of the Canton is only about 200 have been granted such requests, at 20’000 students.
More lessons in the morning, less in the afternoon
Perhaps, but there is also a much simpler solution. And the can be found at the kitchen table of the family Holler in Bern.
The proposal by Jan Holler, brother of the music teacher and parents ‘ Council in Bern: “More lessons in the morning, less in the afternoon.” If in the Morning five instead of four lessons would be taught, this is already helpful. Without the early hours, simply by streamlining the program. In federalist Switzerland are still in the school commissions, which you can fiddle around on the schedule. Jan Holler: “An Organizational Thing.” next year, he can prove it, what good is his model. The school of one’s own children received the appropriate exception approval.
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