How does Sistema affect underserved Youth?
Sistema enriches children with the gift of music, provides them the opportunity to listen to and work with others in pursuit of a common objective, teaches them a universal language to build bridges and tear down walls, and gives them an instrument of social change.
Wherever Sistema has been introduced, the improvement in students’ academic achievement, attitude, and attendance and conduct has been extraordinary. Pedagogical literature is replete with examples of correlation between academic achievement and the teaching of music.
Source: Sistema NB Research Finding.
The El Sistema Program
Children are given an instrument as soon as they can hold it
Tuition, outings, and music are furnished free of charge in return for the child’s agreement to play in one of the Sistema’s ensembles
Orchestral playing is a part of the program from the beginning
Lessons are in groups
Children who have mastered a scale or two are delegated to teach younger children; peer support is fundamental
Practice is supervised
The El Sistema Spirit
Music is taught as play rather than a chore
The objective is discipline, respect, and achievement through work
The goal is excellence: the point is not to be the best, but to be the best you can
Everything is communal, everything is about the team; the culture is one of mutual support.
The Three Spirits of Sistema Huronia
We are a team.
We always do our best.
We always help each other.