El Sistema And The Transformative Power Of Music Education

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Good music education only ‘for minority of pupils’

Schoolboys playing brass

Community-based education, once an unusual career choice for a classical musician, is now becoming highly sought after. Being a musician is about more than creating art; it is about creating community. Six years later, more than 75 local organizations exist within El Sistema USA , sharing Abreu’s fundamental ideas: social transformation, access to excellence, and building community through music. These organizations and the musicians who created them are changing the role of music education in our society and awakening communities to its tremendous power to create social change. Many of these community-based arts programs have developed in urban areas with little or no access to the arts. Bound by the conviction that great music should be available to everyone, there is no audition to play the trumpet in West Philadelphia, no tuition fees to learn the violin in Harlem, and no aptitude test to take flute lessons in Baltimore. With no barriers to entry, the only requirement for a transformative musical experience is the desire to have it.
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But she added many music trust staff had been made redundant, put on zero hours contracts or made freelance teachers within the new music hubs. This had reduced consistency and stability within music services and reduced staff commitment, she said. ‘Under threat’ “Schools have no duty to engage with music education or music hubs at all. “You can’t have a national plan for music when you have not got the main players in the schools involved. “So it ends up going back to those areas that are able to afford things.” Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said it was unsurprising but nonetheless hugely disappointing that music was being side-lined in many schools.
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Rahman bats for proper music education for kids

If a kid wants to learn music, he deserves proper education in it, Rahman told PTI here. The Academy Award winning composer, singer and producerwas in the city to visit a flagship store in Manhattan for the leading global audio and infotainment group Harman International Industries. A large number of Indians living in the area had lined up at the store to meet Rahman and take photographs with the music legend. Rahman was also gifted customized gold-plated JBL headphones by Harman International CEO Dinesh Paliwal during his visit to the store. Harman had named Rahman its India Brand Ambassador for JBL by Harmans multi-year campaign. Rahman, who founded KM Music Conservatory, a higher education institution focussed on music in 2008, said his efforts in setting up the music school has inspired people in India to understand that education of music is very important. If a kid in a family of doctors wants to study music, it is his right to demand that and come to a school like the K M Conservatory, he said. Rahman added that he had been offered to open similar music schools beyond Indias borders in countries like Dubai and Malaysia but said he still needs to perfect the concept in India. On whether he has plans to set up a music school in the US, Rahman said he might look at the possibility in future when he has more free time in hand.
For more information, visit http://www.dayandnightnews.com/2013/12/rahman-bats-for-proper-music-education-for-kids/

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