The Inspiring El Sistema Symphony For Life, was originally inspired and influenced by “El Sistema”, the public instrumental and choral music education network of Venezuela. Essentially, under a social mandate of accessibility, El Sistema uses conventional pedagogical techniques to offer program participants the established benefits of a rich music education.* However, Symphony For Life is a program designed to improve on the El Sistema model; it is based on an extension of the principles of Sistema, reinforced by a deeper social learning process, a rigorous research and evaluation process, and a highly collaborative model working with other groups, mechanisms and services - including government (local, state and federal), community organisations, universities, music schools and private companies. A Global Movement By way of background, El Sistema is a very strong, growing and influential global movement, grasping the interest of musicians, music organisations, governments and corporations across the globe – for a host of reasons: artistic, social, and in youth education development.
Singular El Sistema programs have spread across the globe – in Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Greenland, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, The Philippines, Taiwan, Turkey, United States, and Wales. More are being founded each year.
Symphony For Life Foundation is built upon a foundation-community model rather than a single instance, institution model - we work with a community in 'partnership' - including with a number of other collaborative organisations - including schools, councils, the police, symphony orchestras and universities, to deliver a complete and integrated program solution for the children and their community.
* ( as defined by Jonathan Govias, in "Sistema Through the Noise" - February 2015).