From a musical instrument to an integration instrument.

The goal of our organization Open Piano for Refugees is to bring people from all backgrounds together by placing freely accessible grand pianos in public spaces. Places of encounter are created where language and words are unnecessary and social participation and inclusion are strengthened.

With the donations we received, we enabled almost 20 refugees in Vienna to learn the piano free of charge in what was then the “Piano School for Refugees”. The lessons at the MZW – ‘Musisches Zentrum Wien’ were a success and soon became an inspiration for many more projects. The motivation of everyone involved was an incentive for us to use the great potential in another way.

That’s when in 2018 we founded “DoReMi – the social music school”.

Music education often illustrates the dynamics of privilege and hierarchy. Not every person has access. That is why the music school DoReMi differs through its social approach and its cultural diversity in participation and music subjects, as well as its financial concept. Based on a pay-as-much-you-can basis, students with less financial means pay less, while higher-income students pay more so that others can also get music lessons.

Music lessons are based on a pair system where people from different socio-economic backgrounds enjoy lessons together.

Affordable Music Lessons

People from all backgrounds get the chance to learn a musical instrument. You pay for it as much as you can.

Sustainable Integration

At DoReMi, music lessons for non-German-speaking people take place in pairs with German-speaking people.

Learn German Playfully

With German as the main language of the music lessons, language acquisition and cultural exchange succeed alongside.

Appreciate Cultural Diversity

The music teachers come from a wide variety of countries and also teach their traditional instruments.


Musical Subjects

  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Oud
  • Saz
  • Recorder
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Oriental Percussion
  • Pop and Jazz Singing
  • Oriental Singing
  • Choir

Lesson Times

  • 1 Music teacher
  • 2 Students in pairs
  • 50 min – 1x unit/week
  • 13 units per semester
  • Start of the lessons:
    summer semester: 01.03. – 30.6.
    winter semester: 01.10. – 31.01.
  • Registration period:
    summer semester: 02 – 15.01.
    winter semester: 02 – 15.08.


Lesson Location

Open Piano for Refugees

The social music school

Nußdorfer Straße 65/11
1090 Vienna

Possibly also at the teachers home.

Social Impact Report

Our first impact report is here! Here you can read more about our activities, our impact, hurdles, highlights and visions for the future.

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Instrument: Piano
Education: Jazz Piano at the Vienna Conservatory

“Music offers me the opportunity to travel, or to my Persian homeland or a dream world of the future.”


Instrument: Guitar & Bass
Education: Jazz&Pop at the Conservatory in Graz and Jazz IGP at the Anton Bruckner University of Linz


Instrument: Piano
Education: Diploma in IGP and concert subject at the VMI Conservatory

“My top priority is to nurture the passion and interest of my students and thereby find individual musical paths together.”


Instrument: Piano
Education: Franz Schubert Conservatory

“Anyone can make music as long as they are offered a friendly environment in which to learn.”


Instrument: Pop & Jazz Singing
Education: Jazz Singing at the MUK Vienna, IGP Popular Singing

“For me, music should always move you, so that we humans open up more and more; toward compassion for others.”


Instrument: Guitar
Education: Diploma and instrumental singing pedagogy at the Vienna Music Institute

“Everyone has the ability to make music. I just want to help make the learning process fun.”


Instrument: Piano


Instrument: Pop & Jazz Singing
Education: Music education at the MDW & musicology at the University of Vienna

“Through singing you can not only make music, but also get to know yourself better.”


Instrument: Violin
Education: Master of Arts Education at MUK and violin at the Naples Conservatory

“Music will become our common language.”


Instrument: Saz
Education: 1st prize in the entrance examination of the TRT (Turkish State Radio); numerous performances in Turkey and Europe with many of the greatest artists of Anatolian traditional music


Instrument: Recorder
Education: Recorder at the MUK Vienna, currently IGP studies at the MUK Vienna


Instrument: Piano
Education: Piano and Orchestra Conducting at Juilliard School, New York


Instrument: Flute
Education: Jazz Saxophone (Master’s Degree) with secondary instruments flute and clarinet; Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy (Bakk.); Doctorate (Dr. phil.) in jazz and popular music research at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

“I love music and I teach with all my heart.”


Instrument: Pop & Jazz Singing

“The music offers me a language in which I can express my thoughts and feelings honestly.”


Instrument: Piano
Education: Master of Arts Education at the Music & Art Private University of Vienna

“I firmly believe that every human being is musical.”


Instrument: Piano, keyboard and Production
Ecucation: Music School Vienna, Paris College of Music

“For me, making music involves dealing with people from different cultures in order to constantly learn and grow.”


Instrument: Guitar
Education: Electroacoustic music composition Istanbul Technical University, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

“‘Playing and teaching guitar has long been an important part of my life. I think the value of knowledge increases when it’s shared. Music only grows when it’s shared.”


Instrument: Violin
Education: Diploma Degree of the Richard Wagner Conservatory

“It’s never too early or too late for playing, when met with the right determination!”


Instrument: Pop & Jazz Singing
Education: Bachelor of Arts “Songwriting” in London, Master Jazz and pop singing in Vienna JAM Music Lab, vocal coach and organizer of “Ever Artist”

“In everyone lies a unique voice that wants to be heard!”


Instrument: Choir

“For me, music is the language of the soul. And singing is a powerful healing force that strengthens us in difficult days and inspires us in happy ones.”


Have you always wanted to sing in a choir? Here’s your chance!
With the amazing choirmaster Olena Nechay Nosal!

Who? All levels are welcome.
When? Every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Start: 14.03.23)
How? There are 13 units in total. After each unit, a voice training takes place alternately in the individual voices until 9:00 p.m.
Where? March: Parish Canisius, Pulverturmgasse 11, 1090; from April on: Musikquartier (near Mariahilferstraße), 1060
What? Songs from all over the world and in different languages. We have sung songs in German, English, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, African languages, Hawaiian (native language). Depending on the size of the group, we sing the songs in 3-4 voices.

If you want to participate in the choir, please fill out the following form:

Further contact person (name, e-mail, telephone number) in the case of minors (under 18 years), assisted living or low German language level.
Participating in ChoReMi costs us around €85 per student per semester. The rule is: “Pay as much as you can.” How much can/would you like to pay?(Required)
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Further Information

*Here you can find our course conditions and privacy policy.