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Presentation about Gustav Dudamel and El Sistema and how he manged to rescue Children through Music.

A presentation about Gustav Dudamel and El Sistema and how he manged to rescue Children through Music.

El Sistema is a proof of how a music program can both create great musicians and dramatically change the life trajectory of hundreds of thousands of a nation’s neediest kids.

Gustav Dudamel created the Simon Buliva Orchestra for children in Venezuela to save them from crime and violence. The Venezuelan musical training system known simply as El Sistema is a marvel. Its orchestras are renowned in the whole world, and its most famous son, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, is perhaps the only universally known face in classical music. It’s rescued untold thousands of poor children from drifting into crime. Its visionary founder, José Antonio Abreu, is spoken of in hushed tones. Some even say he should win the Nobel Peace Prize. El Sistema’s approach to music education emphasizes intensive ensemble participation from the earliest stages, group learning, peer teaching and a commitment to keeping the joy and fun of musical learning and music making ever-present.

The importance of Gustavo Dudamel’s work is also shown in a Book written by Tricia Tunstill entitled “Changing Lives”, which “chronicles the origins and growth of Venezuela’s acclaimed El Sistema national music education program” (Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times) and illustrates its goal: to rescue children from poverty through music. Today, Orchestras with the same Idea in mind are being created in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the USA and 22 other countries. Thus, it seems that El Sistema is not just a program anymore, it became a universal movement. The book “Changing Lives” reveals the power of music and shows that arts education can indeed be means for positive social change around the world.

El Sistema  “Reminds us of how arts education can change lives.” —Gary Stager, Huffington Post


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