Nov 08, 2012
By Michael Kramer
Sistema Toronto’s music education program has a superstar Canadian violinist as it’s honourary music ambassador.
He’s James Ehnes.
The renowned violinist says he hopes to inspire children in Toronto and across Canada to seek the highest levels of challenge and achievement within themselves.
The new Toronto Sistema “Playing To Potential” program’s first centre operates in the culturally – diverse Parkdale Jr. and Sr. Public Schools at no charge to students.
They work with professional artists and teachers for two hours at the end of every school day. After three years each child will have received the equivalent of over ten years’ musical experience.
The program is based on the internationally acclaimed model known as “El Sistema,” which has been teaching music for more than 38 years to over a million youth in Venezuela and has since spread to more than 30 countries.