El Sistema Colorado is a visionary movement that transforms the lives of children through music; a new model for social change.
Our mission is to empower children by providing an intensive music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence, and instills the value of social responsibility.
Check out the amazing work being done by El Sistema and Garden Place!
January 9, 2012
Over 30 years ago in a parking garage in Caracas, El Sistema was born when Dr. José Antonio Abreu gathered together 11 children to play music. El Sistema is now a movement, inspiring model programs around the world. This year, El Sistema comes to Denver.
El Sistema Colorado at Garden Place
El Sistema Colorado launched its pilot program with 110 students on January 9, 2012 at Garden Place Academy (elementary), a Title 1 Denver Public School in Globeville. El Sistema Colorado operates an in-school and after school program, both focused on ensemble music, teaching an instrument, general musicianship and choral music. The in-school program serves all 73 kindergarteners and 32 4-year-olds each day, two and a half hours per week taught by El Sistema Colorado’s lead teaching artist in cooperation with the school’s music teacher.
El Sistema Colorado’s after-school program, overseen by a program coordinator, serves 37 third graders ten hours per week, Monday through Thursday. Three teaching artists lead the afterschool program.
El Sistema Colorado will operate a five-week summer program. Fall of 2012, ESC once again serves all kindergartners in-school, Monday through Friday. The afterschool program however, grows to include first, third and fourth grades. By fall of 2013, the afterschool program will include first through fifth grades, with plans to add the school’s Early Childhood Education students as soon as possible.See MoreMission