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Introduction to El Sistema

Additional video clips

How to make a paper violin

Union City Music Project artistic director Samuel Marchán gives a step-by-step demonstration of the process of building a paper violin.
PDF video transcript: How to make a paper violin

 

Rhythm games

Samuel Marchán, artistic director of the Union City Music Project, leads preschoolers in their first pre-orchestra workshop through a series of Dalcroze-inspired rhythm exercises.
PDF video transcript: Rhythm games

 

José Antonio Abreu: The El Sistema music revolution

Jose Abreu Ted Talk
Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema, delivered this inspirational speech upon receiving the TED Prize, revealing his wish to support El Sistema-inspired teaching in the U.S. Video courtesy of TED.

 

PDF video transcript: José Antonio Abreu: The El Sistema music revolution

 

El Sistema: Progressing through the Orchestra Venezuelan Style

This video compilation includes footage of students rehearsing with núcleos across Venezuela. Video courtesy of Lorrie Heagy.

 

 

Karen Zorn on El Sistema as a mix of pedagogies

Karen Zorn, president of Longy School of Music at Bard College, describes how El Sistema-inspired programs borrow from and combine elements of various pedagogies.
PDF video transcript: Karen Zorn on El Sistema as a mix of pedagogies

 

Leon Botstein on adapting El Sistema in the U.S.

Leon Botstein, president of Bard College and music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, discusses ways El Sistema can be adapted to meet the needs of local communities in the United States.
PDF video transcript: Leon Botstein on adapting El Sistema in the U.S.

 

Erik Holmgren on working within existing infrastructure

Erik Holmgren, former director of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory, discusses ways El Sistema-inspired programs can work within and even strengthen the existing musical infrastructure in the U.S.
PDF video transcript: Erik Holmgren on working within existing infrastructure

 

Leon Botstein on El Sistema and classical music

Leon Botstein, president of Bard College and music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, talks about El Sistema’s impact on perceptions of Western classical music, as it has come to be embraced by diverse communities and cultures.
PDF video transcript: Leon Botstein on El Sistema and classical music

 

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