EL SISTEMA: MAKING MUSIC AT MITCHELL

Starting in October 2013, Mitchell Elementary School fifth graders began learning to play string instruments through a program modeled on El Sistema. From its origins in Venezuela, El Sistema is making its way into some schools in the United States. Now, thanks to a partnership with the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), School of Social Work (SSW) and School of Education (SOE), an El Sistema model is being piloted at Mitchell, an Ann Arbor Public School. This model gives students a chance to benefit from high-quality musical instruction and develop the personal strength that comes with learning to play an instrument. MORE

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