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El Sistema USA: Transformation through music | Mark Churchill | TEDxBoston

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    Back in 2005, TED took the next step
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    in terms of spreading
    ideas worth spreading,
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    with the introduction of the TED Prize.
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    This year, one of those TED prizes
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    went to a gentleman
    by the name of Dr. José Abreu.
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    We are fortunate enough
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    to have the epicenter
    of that TED Prize here in Boston,
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    centered out of
    the New England Conservatory.
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    This next set of segments
    includes a video about that TED Prize:
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    the wish that Dr. Abreu presented,
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    as well as Mark Churchill,
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    a Dean from the New England Conservatory,
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    who really has been silently leading
    this wish here in the US,
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    and as well as Benjamin Zander,
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    whom many of you know,
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    a wonderful conductor
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    who is maybe more vocally leading
    a lot of this initiative.
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    Please join me in welcoming
    Mark and Benjamin up to the stage.
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    But first let's hear about that TED Prize.
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    (Music) 33 years ago,
    in a parking garage in Caracas,
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    Maestro José Abreu brought together
    11 young people to play music.
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    (Music)
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    He told them, "With this instrument,
    you are going to change the world."
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    "El Sistema" was born.
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    And today...
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    (Music)
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    Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
    conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
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    (Music)
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    We are very happy, because we have
    this angel in the world.
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    He is giving us
    the possibility to have dreams
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    and to make true the dreams.
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    Here is the result
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    of this wonderful project
    that is The System.
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    (Music) "[El Sistema] is undoubtedly
    one of the most successful
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    music-education projects
    of its kind in the world."
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    (Music)
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    "The truth is, I have never felt so moved.
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    Not only because of the emotion
    of the moment...
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    but because of the quality
    of the El Sistema musicians."
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    (Music)
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    "El Sistema" has produced
    over 150 youth orchestras in Venezuela.
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    "El Sistema" serves over 300,000
    young people in Venezuela per year.
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    70% of the participants
    live below the poverty line.
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    The effect of "El Sistema" is felt
    in three fundamental circles:
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    In the personal/social circle,
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    in the family circle and in the community.
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    The most miserable
    and tragic thing about poverty
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    is not the lack of bread or roof,
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    but the feeling of being no-one.
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    That's why the child's development
    in the orchestra and the choir
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    provides him with a noble identity
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    and makes him a role model
    for his family and community.
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    There is no difference here
    between classes,
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    nor white or black,
    if you have more money or not.
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    Simply, if you are talented,
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    if you have the vocation
    and the will to be here,
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    you get in, you share with us
    and make music.
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    In 2009, Maestro José Antonio Abreu
    was awarded the TED Prize.
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    He received one wish to change the world.
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    I wish that you help
    to create and document
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    a special training program
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    for 50 gifted young musicians
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    passionate about their art
    and social justice
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    and dedicated to bringing El Sistema
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    to the US and other countries.
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    Thank you very much.
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    (Applause)
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    Debuting: El Sistema US
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    at the acclaimed
    New England Conservatory of Music.
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    18 post graduate fellows a year.
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    Talented
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    dedicated
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    motivated
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    socially conscious.
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    Completing their training
    between Boston and Venezuela,
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    they will learn from the masters
    to train the next masters ...
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    The Abreu Fellows will then bring
    their leadership and passion
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    to undeserved communities,
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    inspiring new students
    to work hard and dream big.
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    (Music)
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    (Music ends)
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    (Applause)
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    18 new "El Sistema" leaders a year
    18 new communities served.
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    Transforming a nation's youth
    www.elsistemaus.org.
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    (Applause)
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    Well I have the great fun of telling you
    a little more about El Sistema,
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    but first a little lead-in.
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    So many of us in the arts
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    can describe our lives
    as a continual search
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    for ways to share
    the immensely positive impact
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    that our art form has on us
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    with more and more people,
    particularly children.
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    We ourselves live with art every day.
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    The artistic experience
    is at the center of our being.
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    Art informs how we feel,
    think, learn, move, interact,
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    contribute, love and transcend.
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    And those of us in music deeply understand
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    and strive to achieve
    the intricate balance
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    between the mind, heart, body and spirit
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    that leads to the most effective
    and satisfying musical performance
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    and indeed state of living.
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    When we teach music,
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    we see the exquisite interplay
    of these human elements
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    in a complete and balanced learning
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    that nourishes the souls
    of the young people
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    while developing an array of life skills.
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    It's the clear power of arts learning
    that creates the conviction in us
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    that all children and young people,
    all of us really,
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    deserve this education in life.
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    And in a way that's affirming,
    rigorous and freeing,
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    we come to believe that every human being
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    has the potential to experience art
    at the highest level,
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    that we all deserve the privilege
    of an arts-rich life,
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    that people thrive when art
    is at the center of society,
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    and that art is truly transformative.
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    And so we set to work,
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    finding every available moment
    in our busy lives
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    to advocate for arts in education,
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    and to create effective delivery systems
    often aimed at undeserved communities.
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    Over the past 30 years
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    I've had the privilege and honor of being
    involved in the founding and development
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    of a number of these
    Music-In-Education initiatives,
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    and Boston has again proven
    to be a powerful incubator for ideas
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    and a leader in building
    models of success.
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    Project Step, created in 1982,
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    supports professional training
    in string instruments
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    for young black and Latino students.
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    The Boston Music Education Collaborative,
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    a nine-year partnership
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    between the New England Conservatory,
    the Boston Symphony,
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    the Boston public schools and WGBH,
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    worked at integrating music
    into classroom learning in core subjects.
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    The Conservatory Lab
    Charter School in Brighton
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    explores ways to employ arts learning
    across the curriculum
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    at the elementary school level.
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    From the Top, the national radio series,
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    celebrates the power of music
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    in the lives of the entire range
    of diverse teenagers in the US
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    and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas
    that you'll hear shortly
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    brings together young musicians
    from some 25 countries in our hemisphere
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    to learn from each other
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    and to serve as a beacon
    of international collaboration.
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    Now I only name a few,
    and this in only one city in America.
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    But even with all these efforts,
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    we feel like we're taking very small steps
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    towards the goal
    of bringing all young people
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    into a profound relationship with art.
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    Enter El Sistema.
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    I first came face to face
    with El Sistema 10 years ago,
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    when I had the great privilege
    of working with Maestro Abreu
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    in the founding
    of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.
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    It was instantly clear that we all needed
    to take this very seriously.
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    Here was an affirmation of our faith.
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    Living proof that our programs
    and initiatives
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    could be more than tiny drops
    in the ocean of need.
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    El Sistema was demanding
    that we think much bigger
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    about our efforts
    to bring art to our society
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    and educational systems.
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    Thank you, maestro Abreu,
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    and the more than 1 million
    young Venezuelans
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    who have participated in The System
    over the last 35 years.
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    For me, the last 10 years
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    have been a journey
    of discovery about El Sistema.
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    I've been to Venezuela at least 15 times
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    and I always feel that I'm coming home
    to the Land of Music.
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    Last fall, I spoke to some eminent
    German musicians in Caracas,
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    and they told me that now in Germany,
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    they refer to Venezuela
    as the Motherland of Music,
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    and to Germany
    as the Grandmotherland of Music.
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    (Laughter)
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    Now, El Sistema might best be described
    as a set of inspiring principles
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    that has lead to a clearly defined
    and well-practiced
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    full-time after school music program,
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    that holds social change as its first goal
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    and the highest values of excellence
    in music education
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    as its close second.
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    Learning from our Venezuelan friends,
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    by observation,
    and from our own experience,
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    my colleagues and I across the US
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    have identified 4 core values
    of El Sistema
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    as well as its essential, transferable,
    philosophical and practical elements.
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    The core values cover:
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    human dignity,
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    the belief in every child's potential,
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    the necessity of strong self-worth
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    and clear priorities for education.
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    And growing out of these values
    are the things that need to be present
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    if we want to see the kind of results
    that El Sistema has produced,
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    and are thrilling audiences
    throughout the world.
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    Philosophically, we need fun first,
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    group learning,
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    and discipline inspired
    by the pursuit of excellence.
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    On the practical side,
    programs must be sustainable,
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    placed within target neighborhoods,
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    employ large musical ensembles,
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    be intensive,
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    fully engage families and communities,
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    speak to the whole child,
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    give constant applause
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    and feature peer-to-peer learning.
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    In many conversations
    during the past years,
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    it became clear that we needed
    2 principal tools in our country
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    to foster and accelerate
    the El Sistema movement.
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    A networking resource
    advocacy organization,
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    and highly trained and skilled leaders.
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    The realization gave birth
    to 2 national initiatives:
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    El Sistema USA
    and the Abreu Fellows Program.
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    Being developed with the guidance
    of a national advisory group,
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    El Sistema USA is
    a support and advocacy network
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    for people and organizations in the US
    inspired by the Venezuelan model.
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    Largely through an effective website
    contributed by a TEDster in San Francisco,
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    and launched a few months ago,
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    it will provide comprehensive information
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    on the El Sistema philosophy
    and methodology
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    and a variety of resources
    that will aid those in building,
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    expanding and supporting
    El Sistema programs
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    in the US and beyond.
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    As it develops, El Sistema USA will,
    among other things,
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    become a national leader
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    for advocacy efforts
    for arts and education,
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    host conferences,
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    arrange study tours
    to Venezuelan and US programs,
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    fund research projects
    and provide consultants.
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    The first major initiative
    of El Sistema USA
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    is the Abreu Fellows programs,
    to be launched this fall.
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    This, of course, was the focus
    of Dr. Abreu's wish.
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    I'm thrilled to say that our first class
    of 10 Abreu Fellows
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    will be arriving in Boston this fall
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    for a year of intensive study,
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    including a two-month
    residency in Venezuela.
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    There is no doubt that we found
    10 of the best and brightest,
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    passionate for their art
    and for social justice.
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    They will found El Sistema centers
    here in Boston and in other cities
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    as well as joining
    the leadership teams of existing pilots
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    in LA, Chicago, Baltimore,
    Brooklyn and Miami.
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    The existing startups
    have already done much
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    to prove that El Sistema
    can effectively be translated to the US.
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    Kids are thriving,
    waiting lists grow every day,
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    families are engaged,
    communities are taking notice
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    and feeling pride and worth.
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    We are beginning to El Sistema
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    as an important key
    to a new educational philosophy
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    that may very well have the power
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    to change the fundamental way
    we think about the education
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    of our children and youth.
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    The El Sistema movement has begun.
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    Thank you.
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    (Applause)
タイトル:
El Sistema USA: Transformation through music | Mark Churchill | TEDxBoston
概説:

The vision of Dr. José Abreu, winner of the 2009 TED Prize, changed the life trajectory of hundreds of thousands of a nations youth while transforming the communities in which they live. Mark Churchill explains how TED and the New England Conservatory are leading the adoption of maestro Abreu's revolutionary concept in the United States and around the globe.

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