ERIC Number: EJ856026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Thoughts on Seeing "El Sistema"
Teaching Artist Journal, v7 n2 p75-84 2009
The FESNOJIV (the Spanish acronym for the State Foundation for the National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras), more commonly known as "El Sistema," teaches 300,000 of Venezuela's poorest children in the nationwide music learning program. Many begin attending the "nucleo" as early as age two or three, and the vast majority continue well into their teens, attending six days a week, three or four hours a day after school, plus retreats and intensives on vacations and in the summer. The program has been so successful that the author decided to spent a week inside Venezuela's "El Sistema," exploring it in and around Caracas, visiting classes, talking to teachers, watching, asking, attending rehearsals and performances. In this article, the author describes his visit and gives an account on "El Sistema's" success. The author focuses on some of the crucial success factors and some of the distinctive elements that make "El Sistema" so remarkable.
Descriptors: Music Education, Musicians, Youth Programs, Success, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Financial Support, Disadvantaged Youth, Teaching Methods, Parent Participation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Venezuela