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Music for People

Since 1988 the non-profit organisation “Music for People” in the USA has been organising and coordinating workshops and music improvising events for people, who want to develop and share free music making and singing


Music for People was founded in 1986 by the Cellist David Darling (1941 -2021*) and the flautist Bonnie Insull. They created new ways of perceiving, expressing and sharing music. Man and music are integral to the Philosophy of Music for People.


An artistic attitude of respect, gaiety, humour and being in the present moment has been established over the years. This attitude encourages musical initiative and cherishes the devotion to music as a result of it.


Music for people is a platform for experienced musicians and non-professional music lovers to meet, share their love to music, learn from each other and deepen their ability to play music freely.


From this protected environment of tolerance there can evolve a creative space which opens up an intuitive access to mutual music making, improvising and developing a personal musical expression.


Music for People is for all those who want to embark on this wonderful journey.


Since more than 20 years, Music for People seminars are taking place in Switzer-land too.  Since 2015 the organisation Music for People Europe is organizing and supporting MfP Seminars and the «Musicainship and Leadership Program» MLP in Switzerland and also other european countries.

Seminars and Workshops 2024

February 16 - 18, 2024  «Musical Roots» Herzberg

With Bernhard Maurer, Mike Horowitz and Anna Eichenberger

Music for People Seminar open to anyone interested

(recognized for further education MLP)  

 17.02.2024 GV Music for People Europe

(embedded in the seminar above )

Information and Registration   


April 05 - 10, 2024  «The awakening of the inner sound, spring music!» Herzberg

With Mary Knysh, Alexander Merz and Anna Eichenberger

Music for People Seminar open to anyone interested

(recognized for further education MLP)

Information and Registration


July 05 - 07, 2024 Rigi Klösterli

Improvise, spontanious Music with Music for People

Open Space Format for experienced people

Information and registration


July 15 - 20, 2024  «There are no wrong notes» Kiental

With Bernhard Maurer, Christoph Wiesmann and Anna Eichenberger

Music for People Seminar open to anyone interested

(recognized for further education MLP)

Information and Registration 


September 27 - 29, 2024  «Music for People with Guest»

Surprise guest - moderated by Matthias Rauh

open for all experience levels

Information and registration


October 18 - 20, 2024  «The Power of Silence in Music» Kiental

With Alexander Merz, Christoph Wiesmann and Anna Eichenberger

Music for People Seminar open to anyone interested

(recognized for the further education MLP)

Information and Registration

Music for People Europe Video:

«The Delight of Playing, Spontanious Music with Music for People»

News Blog:

10. GV MfPE

Vereins-Treffen im Überblick

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Paul Winter - Remembering David Darling

Paul Winter stellte bei der Online Veranstaltung "Celebration of Life" Kunstwerke und Hintergründe vor, bei denen David Darling mitgewirkt hatte.

Es lohnt sich Zeit zu nehmen.


Music for People Europe dankt Paul Winter für diese wundervollen Erinnerungen und Zusammenhänge zu David Darlings Schaffen.


A Tribute to David Darling:

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Clip: Begegnung Impro Ensemble

Eine freie Improvisation - VidmarHallen Lifthalle - 1. Stock, Dezember 2019


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Fill Your Home With Music


Join Mary Knysh, Clíodhna Ní Aodáin & Irene Feher

Online Music Circle

Zoom video meeting. You will receive a link when you register

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Deine Freie Stimme - Buch Neuerscheinung


Alfred Wolfsohn (1898-1962) erkannte, dass unsere Stimme viel grösser ist, als wir meinen. Roy Hart (1926-1975) und die Mitglieder seines Theaters entwickelten diese Erkenntnisse weiter. Falls Du diese Stimmpioniere nur vom Hörensagen kennst, findest Du hier die perfekte Einführung.

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"Spiellust - spontan musizieren mit Music for People"

Der Kurzdokfilm von Daniel Rytz, der zeigt, wie wir bei Music for People gemeinsam improvisieren ist nun aufgeschaltet. Wir wünschen viel Spass zum Seh- und Hörvergnügen!

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Musik-Improvisation als Ritual


Ein Raum zur freien Improvisation und rituellem erkunden


mit Matthias Rauh & Ralf Assmann

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Impro Flash Mob Music for People Europe

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Community Art (en/d)

The term Community Art includes all kinds of artistic media and groups, i.e. communities in which artistic processes take place and works are created.

By means of Community Art projects experienced artists are able to share their approach to art in a democratic way with people who otherwise would not have access to music, dance or the fine arts because they might not have the necessary financial means, or they might be living in special social or spatial situations.


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Living the Dream - Lynn Miller - Phoenixville

Music that is moving and touching, holds a power within to stimulate, connect and highlight communities. 2004 Lynn Miller started a fascinating initiative, a community project in Phoenixville: she founded the Firebird Festival which is held annually. Music is played an danced at this festival and it ends with an improv orchestra in the old city cinema, the Colonial Theatre.

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