The Opéra Comique’s Maîtrise Populaire is an artistic, educational and social scheme which aims at making learning music and singing accessible to the greatest number. Relying on active learning pedagogy, the Maîtrise’s director, Sarah Koné, instils the joy of learning in 124 initially non-musician pupils, aged 8 to 25. The majority of these pupils comes from REP and REP+2 schools.
The Maîtrise Populaire’s curriculum is composed of 4 Cycles (Pre-Maîtrise, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cycle). Pupils enrol on adjusted joint courses (CHAM classes) alternating between school and stage performances in the Salle Favart’s operas or taking part in concerts to gain experience.
The Maîtrise Populaire’s main objectives
To offer new accesses to culture and education
Through alternative education, instil the joy of learning in future generations
Promote the personal development, self-conﬁdence and academic success of young people from disadvantaged areas
115 pupils at the Maîtrise in 2020
9 art disciplines are taught
65 % of the Maîtrise’s pupils come from REP and REP+ schools in 2020