|Folkwang music school in the city of Essen|
|type of school||Municipal music school|
|carrier||City of Essen|
Folkwang - unity of art and life
Already at the beginning of the last century there was an awareness among cultural workers and in cultural theory that a holistic view is the access to particular cultural development and development. Since then, this guiding principle has been essential for the development of the Folkwang tradition, which is associated with the city of Essen across the region.
The holistic approach relates to two aspects: on the one hand, the consideration of the personality of the individual and, on the other hand, the arts or the exchange of art forms. In addition, culture should permeate society and everyday life should change due to the artistic character of the individual and the creative ability that arises from it. This approach was substantial for all generations of artists who sought and found their artistic constitution in the Folkwangstadt Essen, and it still is.
The term “ Folkwang ” comes from the Edda mythology collection and describes the palace of Freya, the goddess of love and beauty. It goes back to the old Norse word "Folkvangar", which means something like Volkshalle or Volkswiese, and was a place where the various representatives of the arts came together.
Today's " Folkwang University of the Arts of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia " and the "Folkwang Music School of the City of Essen" have their common origins in the "Folkwang School for Music, Dance and Speaking" founded in 1927. The reference to the previously existing "Arts and Crafts School" of the visual sector Art was not only tight because of the common location in the former abbey buildings in Essen-Werden.
These cultural institutions were mainly adult education institutes, but also offered training courses for young people. The “Folkwang School for Music, Dance and Speaking” trained professional artists and laypeople in two departments. The training followed the idea of holistic personality development: experiencing all cultural areas with all your senses.
In 1963 the Folkwang School became a university, in 1967 it was transferred to the sponsorship of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. This was followed by the separation of the Folkwang Conservatory - which was part of the youth music school at the time - from the Folkwang University.
In 1974 the conservatory and the youth music school were finally merged to form the Folkwang music school in the city of Essen. The areas of dance (in the 70s and 80s) and drama (in the 90s) were combined and developed with the music in this cultural institution in accordance with the original concept. With the Folkwang University of the Arts, the Folkwang Museum - supplemented by the museum associations - and the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra, there are four institutions in Essen that relate to the conception of the interdisciplinary total work of art.
In 1980 the Folkwang Music School moved into a former banker's villa on Brunnenstrasse. Since 2003 it has been based in the Weststadthalle, Thea-Leymann-Straße 23, a lavishly restored former Krupp industrial factory.
With more than 240 teachers from 20 nations and around 11,500 students, the Folkwang Music School is one of the largest music schools in Germany. In addition to its headquarters, it has 110 other teaching facilities throughout the city. Children, young people and adults are taught almost all instrumental subjects, singing, dance and acting. In addition, there are special offers such as the “RockPopSchule”, the “jamtruck”, the “little piano school”, the S-class for top-class support, the preparatory training and the elementary school program “Every child instruments, dancing, singing”.
Cooperation is essential for the transfer of skills between cultural institutions and cultures, cultural workers and sectors. Against the background of the Folkwang tradition, the exchange of content is an essential part of the Folkwang Music School's self-image. It cooperates with many cultural and educational institutions in Essen, in the greater Rhine-Ruhr area and in Europe (Finland, Russia, the Netherlands).