MUS-E ®

The MUS-E initiative was created by Yehudi Menuhin in 1993, together with Werner Schmitt, IYMF Vice-President, and Marianne Poncelet, IYMF Executive Vice-President. It is based on a concept of music education developed by the Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist and teacher Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967). Kodaly believed that music should be part and parcel of daily education and accessible to all. Yehudi Menuhin broadened the concept to include all creative arts spanning all cultures. Since 1993, MUS-E associations in various countries have built up a wealth of experience in implementing the use of creative arts in tradictional primary school curriculums, working particularly with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

AIMS

MUS-E brings art to shcools!

In its present form, MUS-E is targeted at primary schools, mainly in Europe, which are facing the challenge of educating a growing multicultural group of children, many of whom come from migrant or disadvantaged families and are at risk of social exclusion or other societal problems. In the presence of classroom teachers, professional artists actively engaged in MUS-E introduce and share various forms of art (singing, dance, music, movement, drama, visual and multimedia arts, …). Thanks to this collective work, the MUS-E programme encourages dialogue and togetherness, while awakening children’s sense of creativity, empathy and resilience.

FIELDS OF ACTIVITY

Three fields of activity are interconnected in the MUS-E programme. 

Artistic

Art is all too often given minimum attention in the school curriculum, but is is a powerful tool to awaken and stimulate children’s curiosity for learning. The MUS-E programme is a meaningful, effective and unique addition to existing music and art classes offered by schools.. 

Pedagogical

MUS-E’s artistic approach to school education helps children to enjoy school as a place ot learn and socialize. It also helps teachers to discover an additional teaching strategy focused on every child’s needs, abilities, level of development and cultural background. MUS-E activities are based on the premise that children have their own way of processing knowledge and culture, so that if schools are able to leverage this, they become key social agents. The partnership between teachers and visiting artists enables the teacher’s function of heloping children in their quest for knowledge. Moreover, teachers can use the MUS-E experience and practice to support teaching other subjects on the school curriculum. 

Social

The schools benefiting from the MUS-E programme are mainly located in lower income districts with few cultural stimuli and/or high concentration of diverse backgrounds. By triggering children’s creativity, their capacity for resilience to adverse social circumstances is strenghtened. MUS-E optimizes the creative resources of the children and families, and the wealth of their cultural diversity. 

THe international mus-e council

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is responsible for the international coordination of MUS-E. This includes promoting and sharing best practices and common tools, plus facilitating international exchange between participating schools and artists. Set up in 2000, the IMC comprises national MUS-E coordinators and Foundation staff who guide the evolution of the programme, developing common areas for collaboration, from training of artists to art education research. The IMC builds on 25 years of experience. 

THE NETWORK

BELGIUM

MUS-E Belgium

3000 children | 60 Artists | 140 classes | 60 schools | 140 teachers 

CYPRUS

MUSE-E Cyprus

GERMANY

MUS-E Deutschland e.V.

500 children | 24 Artists | 24 classes | 11 schools | 24 teachers

HUNGARY

MUS-E Magyarország

400 children | 32 artists | 20 classes | 9 schools | 40 teachers 

ISRAEL

MUS-E Israel Educational Programs in the Arts (R.A) 

300 children | 18 classes | 11 schools | 7 teachers

ITALY

MUS-E Italia Onlus 

11.957 children | 184 artists | 513 classes | 150 schools | 1026 teachers

KOSOVO

MUS-E Kosova 

560 children | 5 artists | 6 classes | 3 schools | 6 teachers 

LIECHTENSTEIN

MUS-E Liechtenstein 

72 children | 5 artists | 21 classes | 5 schools | 21 teachers 

PORTUGAL

Associação Yehudi Menuhin Portugal (AYMP)

462 children | 10 artists | 23 classes | 4 schools | 27 teachers 

SPAIN

Fundación Yehudi Menuhin España (FYME)

26.664 children | 115 artists | 1.179 classes | 167 schools | 1.819 teachers

switzerland

MUS-E Schweiz

858 children | 54 artists | 39 classes | 31 schools | 42 teachers