What is El Sistema?
El Sistema (“the system”) was founded in Venezuela to provide children the opportunity to learn music and to play in orchestras. The program emphasizes community-based orchestra training from a young age, with a focus on making music fun, and inspiring young musicians with a passion for music and for life.
El Sistema programs deliver results: increased focus, self-confidence and improved social behavior. Studies also point to music education and its role in improving conflict management skills, peer interaction, self-expression and interpersonal skills.
The program provides daily orchestra classes at Rainey Institute to Cleveland children in grades 2-8. Students may study violin, viola, cello or string bass. The Cleveland Orchestra and its Education Partners, Conn-Selmer and Royalton Music, provide instrument support for El Sistema@Rainey. Rainey musicians have contact with Cleveland’s world-class musical community. Professional music teachers provide daily instruction. Teachers include Rainey staff and musicians with degrees from major music conservatories. Students perform in bi-weekly concerts for friends and family as well as in various community outreach concerts.
Our Core Values
Founded in 2011, El Sistema@Rainey is the result of a collaboration between Rainey Institute and Cleveland Orchestra violinist Isabel Trautwein. The core focus of ES@R is the orchestra as a community, promoting not only musical and instrumental skills, but also respect, responsibility, self-control, patience, perseverance, cooperation, discipline and increased self-esteem. These skills are important for becoming a strong orchestra team member and essential for becoming a self-confident and successful human being.
A Day in the Life
3:00–4:30 Snack/Homework Help/Relaxation Time
4:30–6:00 Orchestra rehearsal
Did You Know?
“Students involved in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.”
Catterall, James S. Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art: A 12-year National Study of Education in the Visual and Performing Arts : Effects on the Achievements and Values of Young Adults. Los Angeles: Imagination Group/I-Group, 2009. Print.
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Learn More About the El Sistema Movement
“Fighting Poverty, Armed With Violins” (New York Times)