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MPS hosts German band, invites area schools

Einshoch6 at MSLStudents from 15 area schools visited Milwaukee School of Languages on November 9 to experience a concert by the German band Einshoch6. The band, based in Munich, Germany, is touring the Midwest and Eastern U.S. for a total of 18 concerts, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Milwaukee concert provided a unique opportunity for students enrolled in German language courses to hear German music performed by native speakers.

Einshoch6 is known for its unique blend of hip-hop and classical music that is especially engaging for youth. The current tour, called German Hip Hop meets Classical, is a project of the Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, to foster the study of German. The band’s recent album includes an ode to “Deutschlehrerinnen” (German Teachers) and was created in cooperation with German teachers and learners around the world.

“This has been a great opportunity to immerse our students in the German language and culture, and to motivate them to continue their language studies in middle and high school and beyond,” said Siggi Piwek, 4th grade teacher at Milwaukee German Immersion School, who organized the concert along with Janelle Pfaller from Milwaukee School of Languages.

Some of the schools attending the concert came from Elkhorn, Franklin, Cedarburg, Hartland, Menomonee Falls, and West Bend.

The tour was sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German together with the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Expanded cultural opportunities are part of the MPS Eight Big Ideas: Educate the Whole Child strategy to promote student achievement.

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