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Book review: El Sistema: orchestrating Venezuela’s youth

Bull, Anna (2015) Book review: El Sistema: orchestrating Venezuela’s youth. LSE Review of Books (24 Mar 2015). Website.

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The Venezuelan youth orchestra programme known as ‘El Sistema’ has attracted much attention internationally through its claims to use classical music education to rescue vulnerable children. Geoffrey Baker examines El Sistema’s program of ‘social action through music,’ reassessing widespread beliefs about the system as a force for positive social change. Anna Bull thinks this book will spur on some much needed soul-searching around the uncomfortable question of why the world, all too easily, fell for the hype.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 13:56
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2019 00:34

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