Classical Music at a German Inner-City School: The German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Bremen at Comprehensive School Bremen East


  • Anna-Lena Musiol
  • Klaus Boehnke Jacobs University Bremen



classical music, school, inner-city school, art education, evaluation, boys


The German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Bremen, a world famous orchestra for classical music, and the Comprehensive School Bremen East, a school in a deprived area, in North American terms an inner-city school, are cooperating since 2007. A three-year follow-up evaluation study was conducted to find out, if projects facilitated by the presence of the orchestra have a positive impact on the self-reported well-being and the grades of students. Results showed that involvement in the projects distinctly benefited boys: They experience a better class climate and a higher satisfaction with school as well as improved German grades.

Author Biography

Klaus Boehnke, Jacobs University Bremen

Professor of Social Science MethodologyVice DeanBremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)


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