3.4 Connections between formal and non-formal education

Schools as cultural centres

The premises of compulsory schools may be used for adult education, artistic performances, folk culture [Volkskultur] and similar purposes as long as this does not interfere with the regular running of the school, according to provincial legislation [Landesgesetze betreffend die Errichtung, Erhaltung und Auflassung der öffentlichen Pflichtschulen]. Museums, theatres, concert halls cooperate with schools and provide a variety of (rather informal than non-formal) arts and cultural education. Opera school for children In 2001, the National opera [Wiener Staatsoper] started the opera school for children, who are especially gifted for music. They are trained to act on stage and participate in opera performances. The basic training lasts 2 years, but can be extended following the individual child's talents. Children receive voice formation, aural training, they learn to act on stage and get trained in movement, choir singing and solo voice. Training takes place either individually, in groups or ensembles. During the theatre season 2008/2009 pupils participated in 58 opera performances. The ballet school of the Wiener Staatsoper offers theoretical and practical training in stage dance. The school cooperates with the ballet branch of a secondary school with artistic focus in Wien [Bundesrealgymnasium mit musischem Schwerpunkt (HIB), Wien 3, Boerhaavegasse]. Pupils get a full dance training and at the same time get general qualification for university entrance. The ballet school has 3 preparatory classes, 8 ballet classes and one theatre class. Pupils performed in 112 opera performances during the theatre season 2008/2009.(Source: Kulturbericht 2009, BMUKK)