The Open Music School is a musical skill-sharing community with a focus on the integration of less-privileged newcomers into Berlin’s diverse and world famous music scene.
We believe in the power of music to create meaningful relationships that cross cultures, while encouraging healing, self-expression and community engagement. We don’t believe that learning a musical instrument is only for those who can afford private tuition, or that performance opportunities should only exist for those who know the “right people”. We see value in every individual as part of our community, and if music is something they wish to pursue, we want to encourage that… And making music together is simply fun!
We offer a variety of completely free, weekly group classes run by talented volunteers who are musicians themselves. These groups focus on providing supportive and creative environments for people of any gender, nationality, ethnicity or migrational status to learn together. More advanced students are often encouraged to act as teachers’ aids and/or translators, thus creating a communal skill-sharing group free from hierarchy, where everyone has something to offer.
We currently run groups and workshops in Acoustic Guitar, Piano Keyboard, Bass-Guitar, Social Singing and Open Music Lab (all things electronic), and this list grows every month.
In addition to these weekly classes, we also work in collaboration with other initiatives from the music industry and civil society to organize events and concerts. We seek to create opportunities that focus on people forging new connections and sharing information about all things musical in Berlin. There are a lot of talented musicians living in refugee camps and other isolated parts of this city and we want to empower them to become active participants in this city’s music scene. A regular meet-up called The Tent was founded in collaboration with Syrian musician, Nabil Arbaain, and CreAid. This happens at different locations across the city (such as the Klingendes Museum in Wedding and Noize Fabrik in Alt-Treptow) to support newcomer musicians in accessing Berlin’s multi-layered cultural scene.