Announcement of the European School Music Prize 2018

Music teachers! You deserve a prize!

Today we are launching the 21,000 Euro prize for instrumental school music teaching. The European School Music Prize (ESP) honours the outstanding achievements of teachers in the field of music education in schools. The award ceremony will be part of the 2018 Musikmesse in Frankfurt. For the 8th year running, the Society Of Music Merchants (SOMM) is announcing the ESP. The purpose of the prize is to document, honour and draw public attention to methodically creative work with music instruments in order to promote active music making in schools. 

“For children, school music lessons are the gateway into the world of music. However, even in such a culturally rich country as German, music teaching in schools is scarce. There is an urgent need for policies to address this. Daniel Knöll, director of SOMM says that the prize aims to honour outstanding music educational concepts and promote school music teaching, but also draw attending to the existing shortcomings.

The ESP invites teachers at schools in German-speaking regions, as well as German schools throughout Europe, to describe their innovative methods and projects in instrumental music teaching for the 2017/18 school year in a clear and process-oriented five minute video.  

Submissions will be accepted from 2 January 2018 until 28 February 2018. All submissions must be via Rules and conditions of participation are on the website. 

A specialist jury will judge the entries and select the prize winners.  The key criteria for the award is that the music educational teaching boosts pupils’ motivation and ability to work independently, responsibly and in teams. Jury members will also judge the pupils’ involvement in the working process, how the learning process is depicted and whether the ideas, concepts and methods shown can be transferred to other classes or groups. The prize winners’ videos will be uploaded to the website of the European School Music Prize to provide inspiration and ideas for other teachers.

The European School Music Prize awards prizes in 6 categories: Musical work in the classroom (classes 1-4, 5-12 and special schools) and musical work in study groups/extracurricular activities (classes 1-4, 5-12 and special schools). A special prize can be awarded. 

Further information about the competition and application details are on the website:

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