I highly recommend watching this TED interview with Sistema Founder Jose Abreu, and then watch this video of Sistema Youth Orchestra performing in Caracas under sistema graduate Gustavo Dudamel (now conductor of the LA Philharmonic, and two other leading orchestras on two other continents)
I happy-cry every time I see this.
The following text is taken from the Sistema Toronto webpage, which you can get to here.
Throughout Venezuela, a quarter of a million children annually are studying classical music; a radical social project where children, living in unthinkable circumstances, are succeeding with the help of skills learned through music.
El Sistema, born over 30 years ago and with 11 original participants, is funded by private sponsors and government and offers free music classes to any child regardless of their ability to pay. It also provides the instruments. Not only a flagship of national achievement…
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