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Press / 17. January 2022

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Start of applications for the Popakademie "Pop macht Schule" program

17. January 2022

School classes from the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region can apply for "Pop macht Schule" until January 30, 2022. For two days, lecturers and students from the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg visit selected schools and teach how to sing, write lyrics, play instruments and manage bands in exciting workshops. Previous musical experience is not required.

The 17th Popakademie Baden-Württemberg school tour will start in March 2022. The project introduces students from the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region to pop music at an early age. Students are given the opportunity to found their own band or manage school bands. In addition to drums, electric guitar, electric bass and keyboard, students can also try out world music instruments: Bağlama, Oud, Kanun and Darbuka.

The competition is open to secondary schools, vocational schools, comprehensive schools, community schools, special education institutions, special needs schools and vocational schools from the seventh grade upwards in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. The students form bands, write lyrics, develop their own songs or become band managers. There are no costs for the schools and the workshops take place in compliance with the Corona regulations of the individual federal states and the associated hygiene measures.

The aim of the project, which was initiated together with BASF SE, is to sharpen the young people's senses for the creative use of pop music at an early stage. Making music together also promotes the social skills of the participants. At the big final concert on May 13, 2022 at BASF's Feierabendhaus, all participating students will experience what it feels like to breathe stage air in front of a large audience. As a musical guest, one:e artist:will perform at the Pop Academy.

Applications are available online here.

The project was awarded the Baden-Württemberg State Teaching Prize in 2009. In 2010, the School of Rock was honored as a Landmark in the "Land of Ideas". The main sponsor BASF SE received the AKS Award from the Working Group for Cultural Sponsorship for its support. Due to its integrative effect, the project was included in the German government's integration plan.