Venezuela’s National System of Children and Youth Orchestras
The essential goal of El Sistema goes beyond the artistic realm, into the overall context of a policy of participation, integration, education, prevention and rescue aimed at youths.
This project is meant to incorporate children and teenagers in vulnerable situations or extreme poverty into the National System of Children and Youth Orchestras by creating, equipping, developing, supervising and assessing regional orchestras and choirs for children and teenagers, as well as artisanal workshops with musical instruments, giving priority to people with disabilities, children whose rights have been infringed upon, and people living in poverty, to achieve a significant improvement in the quality of life of participants, their families and communities, by using music as a cohesion and social integration strategy, providing the population with activities that allow them to attain development in a socially-minded democracy by establishing and adequate, productive use of spare time.
The widespread expansion of social measures and music education that is El Sistema, seen from a functional, educational, artistic and administrative perspective, has been made possible by setting up local centers and modules in all 24 states of the federal territory. There are currently 440 centers and 1,340 modules across the country, where children, teenagers and young adults are looked after by an academic staff made up of 10,191 teachers distributed across 24 states, and based, most of them, in the schools to support the Simón Bolívar Project for the teaching of orchestral and choir music. The entity currently has 1,210 orchestras and 372 choirs for youths and children.
To date, El Sistema has looked after almost one million children and teenagers. It has performed an average of 600,000 concerts and recitals per year, free of charge, with an estimated attendance of 12 million people.
The scholarship program has benefited 4,407 children and teenagers studying to become musicians, while some are part of the education program for artisans. As for the subsidies program, 211 grants have been allocated to local centers, choirs and orchestras throughout the country.
Musical interpretation has been perfected thanks to 8,254 workshops and 283 seminaries, including master classes, lectures, and conferences on musical specialization led by renowned national and international maestros, impacting a total of 116,420 members of El Sistema, including students, teachers, and musicians. In addition to this, 1,134 people have received training to become instructors.
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