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El Sistema Venezuela

The Man Who's Changing Music Education

VOXXI | Delfin Carbonell Basset | Posted 01.30.2013 | Latino Voices

The binding, the bonding effect of music on people, few other arts can achieve. It brings men together, it soothes the spirit, it frees us of despair,...

Border Crossings: The Venezuelans Are Coming!

John Densmore | Posted 02.02.2013 | Arts
John Densmore

The milagro (magic) of El Sistema -- Venezuela's program of taking impoverished kids and teaching them classical music -- can be summed up in one sentence uttered by its founder: "If you put a musical instrument in the hand of a kid, he or she will not pick up a gun."