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Upbeat about Sistema-inspired music programmes: how they are raising the bar for children in deprived areas

By Blog Editor, IOE Digital, on 21 November 2014

Picture credit: Kimberly Warner/BRAVO Youth Orchestras
Andrea Creech
El Sistema, the Venezuelan music education programme that claims to transform lives through intensive participation in orchestra and choir, has again been in the news. In a preview to his forthcoming book based on a year of ethnographic fieldwork in Venezuela, Geoff Baker questions whether the social change claims can really be supported with evidence and critiques the pedagogy that underpins El Sistema. Baker’s book promises to add a critical perspective to a growing body of research, evaluation and theoretical critiques reviewed and summarised in our recent international review of evidence relating to El Sistema and Sistema-inspired programmes. (more…)