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ERIC Number: EJ992603
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1069-7446
The New System for Success
Olson, Cathy Applefeld
Teaching Music, v19 n6 p46-48 Apr 2012
The most ambitious of music teachers seek not only to educate their students about notes and chords, but also to instill in them the transcendent joy of making music. That joy is abundant in Venezuela, where the El Sistema national music education program has been a boon to the country's cultural growth and has created a climate of positive social change. It is this same lofty goal that drew teacher Aisha Bowden to become an Abreu Fellow--the Fellowship is named after El Sistema founder Jose Abreu--at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. Bowden began her 10-month fellowship last fall, and as she nears its end, her enthusiasm for the El Sistema movement and its potential in the U.S. is infectious. In this article, Bowden describes the concepts of El Sistema. A Q&A with Bowden is included.
National Association for Music Education. 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-336-3768; Tel: 703-860-4000; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; United States; Venezuela