El Sistema is a fascinating project that provides “a network of children’s and youth orchestras, music centres and workshops in Venezuela, in which more than 250,000 children and young people are currently learning to play an instrument.” The soon-to-be-released DVD by the same name documents the history and effect of this incredible program.
Naxos of America, Inc. has offered Music Matters Blog a few promo copies of the El Sistema DVD so that we can offer music educators and enthusiasts a chance to win a copy! Here’s how:
1. Write a brief essay about the social benefits of music education. This can be philosophical in nature, or it could be biographical – highlighting a person and his/her musical achievements in the midst of a poor upbringing, or it could be an inspirational look at the potential benefits of establishing music education programs for underprivileged children, etc. Your creativity is the limit!
2. Submit the essay to me via e-mail no later than October 28, 2009. I will post all of the submitted essays here on Music Matters Blog as they are submitted; then, after all the essays have been posted, I will open a poll so that everyone can vote for their favorite essays. The authors of the three essays that receive the most votes will each win a copy of El Sistema!
3. We reserve the right to use all submitted essays, with appropriate credit given to the author, in future marketing efforts to help promote music education initiatives. If you have a blog or website, we will happily include a link back to your site whenever your essay is used.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!