MASSACHESETTS TO FUND EL SISTEMA SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS

Dec 03, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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El Sistema is catching on.

Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has become the Music Ambassador for Toronto’s El Sistema program.

And down south, Massachusetts has become the first U.S. state to fund the effort from Venezuela – which translates as “The System.”

The free program promotes discipline and ownership among students – based on a  philosophy that has transformed the lives  of millions of children – living in poverty in Venezuela.

Massachusetts will be the first  state to provide grants to El Sistema inspired programs.

A free instrument lending library will be open for students and the program will also collaborate on research into long-term cognitive benefits of music.

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