We believe that music education promotes a variety of positive outcomes. Our model is based on the idea that training every student to realise their musical potential improves their focus, motivation, creativity and confidence. Furthermore, we believe that working together creatively strongly reinforces sense of community, communication skills, consideration for others, tolerance and the ability to accept criticism. Cultivation of these skills is a fundamental part of our model and is at the core of many socio-political and educational issues.
Superar began choruses at several Viennese schools in 2009, with an orchestral program following in 2013. All Superar lessons are free of charge for all participants. The program thus can reach those young people who are not integrated in cultural and musical structures. As of 2017, Superar reaches more than 2,000 kids through choirs and orchestras at the Superar locations in Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Slovakia and Liechtenstein.
All locations act autonomously but are connected through a shared sense of teaching and a common annual repertoire, which makes joint concerts involving different Superar groups from different cities or even countries possible. Superar teachers and musicians are well prepared in pedagogy, with a particular focus on positive motivation and enthusiasm, in order to help every single participant achieve the best level possible.
In our singing lessons, groups of pupils who have not undergone any prior selection process receive high-quality musical training. Classes meet two to four times a week and are led by a trained choir conductor in order to ensure a continually creative musical process and the corresponding development of cognitive and social skills.
Superar’s main focus is schools, where singing lessons are integrated into the daily program. There are no auditions; rather, entire classes have singing lessons four times a week with a Superar teacher. Superar works in areas where it can have the greatest impact: in areas with social tensions, Superar strives to promote social inclusion and individual empowerment.
All our lessons are free of charge for all participants.
Instrumental lessons also take place in groups. Superar formed its first orchestra in April 2013. Sixty children and young people with no background in musical instruments were brought together to practise the violin, cello and viola for up to eight hours per week. Since then, the program has grown, and today Superar orchestras exist in Vienna and Switzerland.
Most of the teaching takes place in small groups separated by instrument. Students learn not only how to play their instruments, but also a basic knowledge of music theory and how to handle and care for their borrowed instruments. These lessons prepare our students for the full-orchestra rehearsals at the end of each rehearsal.
Today around 300 children, mainly at Superar Vienna and Superar Switzerland, play an instrument. Superar orchestras have already reached a very respectable level; they have performed at renowned venues such as Tonhalle Zürich and Wiener Konzerthaus. By playing an instrument, participants experience the joy of making music, have fun in learning and working, and discover the benefits of perseverance and patience.
Dancing is an important mode of self-expression as well as an effective outlet for emotions. In addition, dancing increases self-confidence and bodily awareness. Superar thus offers dance classes and incorporates dance and movement into existing singing lessons at some of its locations. For example, Superar Vienna offers a musical class that incorporates singing, dancing, and acting in cooperation with the renowned opera company “Vereinigte Bühnen Wien.”