Impact of Music Education on Young Students

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El Sistema is an evidence-based system of music education for social change. Founded in Venezuela in 1975, El Sistema creates an environment of opportunity through the collective practice of ensemble-based instruction as a model for youth personal, social, academic and musical development. Through eliminating barriers for students who experience them at the highest levels, these programs work alongside students, families and community partners to provide access to the benefits of high-quality music education.

This movement is present in the U.S. and locally in the Triangle. El Sistema USA (ESUSA), the national alliance of programs inspired by El Sistema, has over 110 member organizations in 34 states. Kidznotes, an El Sistema-inspired program launched in 2010 in East Durham, serves 500 students annually in grades K-10 throughout Durham and Southeast Raleigh.

Youth, Music and Social Change

Poster by Saba Ali, Alexi Braun, Justin Kim, Samantha Streit and Sarah Yu