AMPlify/Atlanta Music Project, Atlanta, GA
Aisha Bowden, co-founder and director
Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM), Juneau, AK
Lorrie Heagy, program director
El Sistema is an ensemble program, not just an orchestral program. Throughout Venezuela, different communities are making music in ways that draw on their assets and needs, creating ensembles from jazz bands to folk music groups. Some U.S. programs are also providing a variety of ensembles students can aspire to join.
This course unit explores two programs that embody El Sistema-inspired values through chorus and other ensembles. AMPlify is an El Sistema-inspired choral program in Atlanta. Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM) at Glacier Valley Elementary School provides students with opportunities to make music in a variety of ensembles, including rock band, African drumming, and step dance. There is also an after-school program that celebrates native Alaskan tradition through Tlingit dance and drumming. Embodying music physically is an important part of the learning process in these ensembles.
EL SISTEMA PRINCIPLES
The musical activities in this unit address the following Anchor Standards of the National Core Arts Standards: