A new model for social change
El Sistema is a visionary global movement that transforms the lives of children through music and one of the most exciting initiatives in educational reform today which hails from Venezuela, where in 1974 economist and professional musician Jose Antonio Abreu launched El Sistema, a free program in classical music for young children from highly impoverished backgrounds. Since then, El Sistema has led to improvements in the social conditions of millions of children worldwide becoming a new model for social change through music and a visionary global movement that transforms the lives of children and the communities in which they live.
Abreu wanted a way to give access to elite classical training to all who wanted, especially those of the low socioeconomic status. El Sistema is a nontraditional music education model that really works! Great musicians, like Gustavo Dudamel, have been train through El Sistema, but the best thing is that the music program’s focus is on the whole individual, not just on musical skill.