Music education program inspires students at Winnipeg schools

Music education program inspires students at Winnipeg schools


Sistema Winnipeg, a program that affects social change through music, began last year with Elwick Community School in the Seven Oaks School Division and expanded to include King Edward School in the Winnipeg School Division this year.

Sistema Winnipeg is a free, daily after-school program that inspires children to meet their full potential. Children learn how to play an instrument and experience the joy of being part of an orchestra. Designed to be fun and engaging, this program helps each child develop as a person and learn valuable skills while growing musically.
This program is inspired by the El Sistema model from Venezuela that exploded on the orchestra scene only a few years ago. The model developed by José Antonio Abreu more than 35 years ago in Caracas has already shown tremendous success in Canada, the USA and internationally. The mission of the free El Sistema program is to promote the collective practice of music through symphony orchestras in order to help children and young people achieve their full potential and create social change in their community. As of today, more than 400,000 children and youth participate in the program every year in Venezuela.

Sistema Winnipeg has 80 students from grades 1 to 4 participating this year. They meet every day after school from 3:30pm – 6:30pm.
The Sistema students learn in an ensemble-based learning environment that values teamwork, artistic excellence, and having fun! For more information about Sistema Winnipeg, contact Tanya Dersen at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at 204-949-3964 or visit their website at

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