Rainey Institute and Isabel Trautwein, Cleveland Orchestra musician, partnered to launch an intensive afterschool orchestral music program in September of 2011. El Sistema (the system), modeled after a national Venezuelan program, provides underserved 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 school attendance, improved social behavior, and reduced teen dropout rates. Studies also point to music education and its role in improving conflict management, peer interaction, self-expression, and interpersonal skills. Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is a prodigy of this program.
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Check out our Rainey kids performing at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra. Wow !
El Sistema@Rainey is part of a network of El Sistema orchestras worldwide, including those based in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and complements Rainey’s existing arts programming.
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“Fighting Poverty, Armed With Violins” (New York Times)