We’re at the Vierzon Conservatory of Music. Eleven of Édouard-Vaillant’s college students are gathered in a room, each with their own instrument: piano, guitar, violin… Led by Christophe Peschard, professor at the Conservatory. These sixth grade students are part of the new music class (Cham) that was introduced in Vierzon in September 2021. Eight of them had never been enrolled at the conservatory.
Five and a half hours of music lessons per week
The cham is a device that allows students to balance school time and playing an instrument. Their schedule allows them five and a half hours of music lessons per week. Therefore, the students in the college first complete an hour of music lessons, which is included in the compulsory course. Then two more hours of music with Edwige Di Filippo-Tixier, the music teacher: one hour of specific Cham music lessons and one hour of choral singing.
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On the other hand, college students at the conservatory participate in a weekly music class (Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and one hour of orchestral classes (Thursdays from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. 15) , where each student can be playing instrument. Finally, outside of class hours, half an hour a week is devoted to practicing the instrument. This last half hour takes place at a variable time during the week outside of class hours. Administratively, Cham’s students are taught in the same class as those of the football department. While some make music, others do sports.
“The students are smart and motivated. There is a Cham spirit that has been created.”
When asked, the Cham students are enthusiastic and motivated. They’re all ready to start again next year in fifth grade, like Kassidy. This schoolgirl is so satisfied that she wants to convince the school children about her home business. “I’m going to tell the students at Tunnel-Château School to come here. » Kassidy came up with the idea of integrating the Cham class through his family. “My mother and my aunt used to play the violin,” she says.
Louna, she says: “When I was little, I dreamed of making music and knowing how to play it. “Christophe Peschard, professor at the conservatory, is also pleasantly surprised by the advantages of Cham: “The students are smart and motivated. There is a Cham spirit that was created. Deputy Mayor Mélanie Chauvet, who is responsible for culture, also emphasizes that the Cham class is “a great collective adventure”.
A Cham will be fifth next year
From the start of the school year in September, the Cham is also open to fifth-grade students. The goal is that the four levels of the college can benefit from this specific music education. Finally, if the number of college students who follow the Cham is limited, the city of Vierzon makes it possible to raise many other young people’s awareness of music. As part of the Orchester à l’école system, the Conservatory prepares students from the age of 3 for instrumental and vocal studies. Many schools in the city have benefited from this since 2004. And it is thanks to the Orchester à l’école program that some students came up with the idea of going to Cham last September.