Teaching the Life of Music is the story of El Sistema, a Venezuelan program which has helped thousands of children in underprivileged areas of Venezuela to acquire instruments, receive music training and experience the joy of playing and singing with others in orchestras and choirs. The program was founded in 1977 by Dr José Antonio Abreu. Today El Sistema involves over 400,000 children and young people and it has inspired programs all over the world. The film documents El Sistema’s ability to transform poverty and violence into healthy living through the passion and discipline inherit in music education. Ottawa’s OrKidstramusic initiative is the oldest of such programs outside of South America.
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