Sistema Laverton Goes Live!

Venezuela’s music system, El Sistema, has challenged the music education world with its extraordinary program – teaching instrument-based music to children from its slums: the Barrios. Developed as a social-action program for children and youth, it not only produces joy and harmony in the Barrios children, but develops remarkable fine musicians in the process. Programs have spread to over twenty countries around the world, and now the first Australian El Sistema-based program has commenced.

Sistema Australia is working with Laverton P-12 College in the Hobsons Bay district of Melbourne, in partnership with Victoria Police from Hobsons Bay Police Service Area, Hobsons Bay City Council and Hobsons Bay Cultural Development Program to deliver a three-day a week, 2-hour per day, after-school pilot music program to 30 lower primary school children, which will be integrated over time into the entire school, once the pilot demonstrates its success. Funding is confirmed for the first year of operation (2011).

The Laverton program will be entirely free for the children enrolled, and the community as a whole will be integrated with the program – including the parents and other wider community membership. The school itself is tremendously enthusiastic about the project and is well supported within its community. It includes a succession of instruments, leading to the development of a children’s symphony orchestra, bands and choirs.

The first event in the program was a presentation of the program, including a short musical performance presented by the tutors, to the children invited to join, their parents and the wider Laverton community.

The pilot phase commences with 30 children and be expanded to the rest of the children in the school community as it is developed.

Further Details:
Contact Chris Nicholls – 0418 487322
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