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New Essay Explores Colombian Music Education Model

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Sep 08, 2011

Eric Booth and Tricia Tunstall's newly released essay, "Batuta: The Colombian 'Sistema,'" explores the pair's marvelous discoveries visiting this publicly funded South American music education program.  "Batuta" is inspired by Venezuela's internationally renowned "El Sistema" program.

From the Essay:

The accomplishments of Venezuela's El Sistema are greater and more far ranging than anything we in the United States can imagine.  It is not an over statement to assert that El Sistema represents the most significant innovation in the arts and arts learning in our lifetimes.  Fortunately, we in the United States and around the world are beginning to learn about it and to learn from it.

The Sistema-inspired work in Colombia called Batuta, the second largest such national program in the world, is also doing work beyond our U.S. imagining.  And we have yet to begin learning from it.  We hope this essay will serve as a useful introduction to the proud history and the current accelerated growth phase of Sistema Batuta Colombia.

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