Music, the brain and learning at school:
What science tells us

The Collège de France and the Vareille Foundation are organizing a symposium on May 22, 2024.

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France 2’s morning program
showcases A violin can change the world

Télématin journalist Carole Tolila visited Albert Camus Elementary School in Sarcelles to meet with teachers and students

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A violin can change the world

We created A violin can change the world to help as many disadvantaged children as possible. Our goal is to help them perform better in school by teaching them to play the violin—a challenging instrument—through regular, consistent instruction.
This sweeping experiment, launched in 2015 in Switzerland and in 2017 in France, will reach more than 8,500 students in 96 schools by the fall of 2023.
We co-created the program with national education officials in France, canton-level authorities in Switzerland, and our partner towns. We’re now working with education authorities to hand off the program and help them to deploy it on their own by 2025.

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Fast facts: Fall 2023


young violinists


violin teachers


schools in France


schools in Switzerland


children helped by 2025

A violin can change the world

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A violin can change the world

Project fundamentals


in disadvantaged areas


ages 4 to 8

violin teachers

are highly qualified

teaching method

is age-appropriate

3 group classes

a week, during the school day


each child has their own instrument

open classes

family members are welcome


is independent & scientific
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Researcher Emmanuel Bigand speaks to 300 teachers

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Schools welcome ministers in October

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Back to school 2023-2024

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RTS program on music and the brain

On June 21 CQFD, an RTS program on science and health, celebrated World Music Day with a segment on music’s benefits for the brain. The…