The last eight yearshave seen the development of a further musical education project for primary school children in the North Rhine-Westphalian capital – a project that is unique in Germany in these dimensions and promises to inspire others. Its name is "SingPause" (Singing Break), we at ERGO are its proud supporters, and it currently reaches over 12,000 children at 58 of the city’s schools – in other words, approximately two-thirds of all Düsseldorf’s primary school children, regardless of their socio-economic background. Twice a week, professional singing teachers visit the schools involved and work with the children, teaching the basics of music, doing vocal exercises and rehearsing a firm repertoire of songs.
Their aim is to provide the children with sound basic vocal and musical training, and, above all, to inspire them with the pleasure of singing. And that’s not all: singing together helps train concentration and cooperation with others. Each year, a grand concert sees the Tonhalle filled with the dulcet tones of Germany's biggest children's choir. Düssel-dorf’s primary schools are as enthusiastic about this cultural project today as they were at its inception.