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How do we preserve music education?

March 22, 2012

'The orchestra and choir are much more than artistic studies. They are examples and schools of social life. To sing and to play together, means to intimately coexist,' says Jose Abreu, the founder of El Sistema.

Monika Vischer of El Sistema Colorado and Colorado Public Radio is speaking at CSU on March 23.

Friday, March 23
11 a.m.-Noon
University Center for the Arts
Room 218

El Sistema representative to speak

Monika Vischer of El Sistema Colorado and Colorado Public Radio will speak at Colorado State University’s Collegiate MENC (National Association for Music Education) monthly meeting, discussing the El Sistema movement in Colorado.  MENC is opening this special lecture to the campus and Fort Collins community.

The El Sistema movement

El Sistema, which originated in Venezuela, is described as "a visionary global movement that transforms the lives of children through music... a new model for social change."  

The program empowers children by providing an intensive music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence, and instills the value of social responsibility.

Visit the KUNC Sistema website  

In 2009, the founder of El Sistema, Jose Antonio Abreu, was named the recipient of a Technology, Education, and Design prize in support of the El Sistema U.S.A. mission. When Abreu received his prize, he was given "one wish to change the world."  

Lecture open to public

The lecture (being held in the University Center for the Arts) is free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled to have Monika Vischer speak on campus,” says Bonnie Jacobi, Ph.D., faculty adviser for CSU’s Collegiate MENC chapter.  

“As school districts in Colorado consider music program cuts, extracurricular opportunities for learning music are becoming more critical, but financial or time restraints leave many children out of the equation. We hope to discover how El Sistema has become a successful alternative in Venezuela and Denver,” Jacobi says.

Model for new jobs/advocacy

Additionally, CSU music education majors may find the El Sistema model beneficial for creating new types of jobs and advocacy for their profession.

“Why not match up our students with children who don’t have the opportunity? We need to learn how to make that happen here in Northern Colorado,” Jacobi says.

Large, feature image by Brigid McAuliffe.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603