How does it work?
We offer a variety of completely FREE weekly group classes run by talented volunteers, many of whom are musicians themselves. These groups focus on providing supportive and creative environments for people of any gender, nationality, ethnicity or migrational status to learn together. More advanced students are often encouraged to act as teachers’ aids and/or translators, thus creating a communal skill-sharing group free from hierarchy, where everyone has something to offer.
Guitar, Guitar workshops just for women*, Bass Guitar, Drums, Piano, Singing, the Open Music Lab, electronic music production…
Open Music Platform & Band Support
We are a community of newcomer musicians. We connect musicians from all over the world to each other and make it our priority to expose them to mainstream industry opportunities such as concerts and festivals, as well as professional development opportunities. Each year we help many newcomer musicians from our network play festivals such as the Eastside Music Days Festival, Popraci Festival Rixdorf, Sommer für Alle Festival Neukölln, as well as countless smaller gigs across the city. We also regularly host events such as our New City Sounds concert series.
How do I become part of this project?
Become a teacher!
We are always looking for friendly, passionate and patient people who have a reasonably good understanding of their instrument to join our pool of teachers. You do NOT have to be an expert or have years of teaching experience. Contact Tom Young.
Learn with us!
EVERYONE is welcome to join our classes. We have people from so many nationalities and cultural backgrounds sharing and learning with us. It really is a beautiful thing. If you are shy, you don’t have to speak. If you are looking for new friends, you might find them here! Our classes are relaxed, social, and a safe place for everyone.
Take a look at our calendar to see what is happening when! Please note: While you can simply come along to a lot of our classes without registering, some have limited numbers. If you are not sure, please feel free to ask. Contact Tom Young.
Donate to help us help others!
Financial donations are essential to help us to rent space and purchase instruments to help even more people! You can donate by clicking here.
The GSBTB – Open Music School could not have begun without generous donations of instruments from some awesome people. We are constantly growing and changing to meet the needs of our community and instrument donations help us to offer free tuition to more and more people.
We need: Guitars, Piano Keyboards, Drums and Laptop Computers. Any condition considered.
Contact: Tom Young
Or send/drop off donations to:
Give Something Back To Berlin e.V.
Read more about some of our music projects:
Legendary BBC DJ Mary Anne Hobbs visits GSBTB Open Music Lab
An article by GSBTB Open Music School student Renzo D’Andrea about connecting with others by learning to play music
GSBTB Open Music School hosts the second edition of its New City Sounds event on the eve of Fête de la Musique 2018
GSBTB Open Music School Manager Tom Young writing about its birth and two-year anniversary
Celebrating two years of the GSBTB Open Music School at New City Sounds #1
An interview with hip-hop and Afrobeats artist Afrikan Boy, who performed for East Side Music Days 2017
An interview with Ben and Rachel, who run the Open Music Lab
GSBTB Open Music School puts on its first Student Performance Night
GSBTB meets Fête de la Musique 2017
GSBTB Open Music School hosts the Yale Spizzwinks