Social inclusion through music
El Sistema Greece is a community music project that provides free music education to children and young people in Greece. All children—no matter their origin, nationality, or religion—are not only inspired to strive for a better future, but thanks to music, they are given a platform for dialogue and togetherness across diverse communities.
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Inspired by the philosophy and innovative methodology of El Sistema in Venezuela, El Sistema Greece offers free choir and orchestral instrument classes to children and youth from different backgrounds.
El Sistema Greece is a community music project that provides free music education to children and young people in Greece. All children — no matter their origin, nationality, or religion — are not only inspired to strive for a better future, but thanks to music, they are given a platform for dialogue and togetherness across diverse communities.
What we do
El Sistema Greece works closely with Greek music teachers. Our pedagogical coordinator supports the teachers and works with them to continuously adapt our programs to Greece’s changing environment. Our Venezuelan director of music works with our pedagogical coordinator and our El Sistema Greece teachers as well as international pedagogues to design our overall pedagogy.
What we’ve achieved so far
students since 2016
Over 1250 children and youth between 5-26 years old have had access to El Sistema tuition since the programme started.
HOURS OF MUSIC EDUCATION IN 2018
Last year we managed to offer 1331 hours of choir, violin, cello and viola classes. This year, trumpet, clarinet and percussion are added to our weekly schedule.
LOCATIONS ACROSS ATHENS
El Sistema Greece spreads the music in the region of Athens: Skaramagkas Refugee Camp, Elaionas Refugee Camp, Moschato NGO Apostoli, Kypselis 62 and Malliaras School are the main nucleos where El Sistema Greece operates currently.
Il pomo d’oro
“We believe that il pomo d’oro, a typical group of ‘musical migrants’ with many different nationalities, is a perfect ambassador of the el sistema idea, and we see it as our heartfelt responsibility to help with what we know best: music. We contribute to El Sistema Greece as a group by giving concerts and workshops and as individuals by providing instrumental lessons and tutoring.”
In June 2018, Il pomo d'oro orchestra returned to the Skaramagkas refugee camp to give courses and masterclasses as part of El Sistema Greece. They have been ambassadors to the project since its beginning in autumn 2016. Watch a video from their latest residence.
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