Thursday, November 1, 2007

El SIstema: Nationalized music education?

Dudamel (conductor of the Los Angeles Phil) was profiled in the New York Times magazine last weekend, and it got me thinking about "El Sistema". He's a product of the Venezuelan music education program, which claims to provide an instrument, lessons, and a seat in the youth orchestra for every interested Venezuelan child, regardless of background or ability to pay. It's a system I'd like to learn more about: if anyone stumbles across this who can refer me to good info regarding "El Sistema", please let me know. There must be lots of alum from the "Sistema" program floating around.

2 comments:

Chryselle said...

We're working on starting a similar project in India. Our website has links to projects around the world - there are many!

Take a look : http://childsplayindia.wordpress.com

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

We're also looking for musicians who could come down to lovely Goa (India's beach heaven), have a lovely holiday and play with our project.

Chryselle
The Child's Play (India) Foundation

Music College Degree Teacher said...

Programs like this are wonderful and so important.