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High Quality Music Education for Every Child

El Sistema USA® works to ensure every child has access to high-quality music education that celebrates their voice and potential by supporting a national network of organizations & educators.

High Quality Music Education for Every Child

El Sistema USA® works to ensure every child has access to high-quality music education that celebrates their voice and potential by supporting a national network of organizations & educators.

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Latest News

Announcing Eric Williamson as Keynote Speaker at the ESUSA National Symposium!
El Sistema USA is excited to announce that Eric Williamson will be joining us at El Sistema USA's 2024 National Symposium as Keynote Speaker!
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El Sistema USA to Receive $35,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

El Sistema USA® (ESUSA) is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National…

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Join us in celebrating the launch of “A Musician’s Guide to Reaching for the Stars”!
We are thrilled to announce that El Sistema USA® has partnered with Polaris Dawn, a commercial human spaceflight mission launching to space this summer, to develop a free curriculum resource for music and non-music educators globally! This curriculum focuses on the intersection of music, science, and social-emotional skills.
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2024 Teacher of the Year Award Nominations
Nominations are due May 3, 2024 at 11:59pm PT
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El Sistema USA Grant Writing Office Hours
ESUSA is pleased to offer its members a complimentary 30 minute session with ESUSA Advancement Consultant Elizabeth Piercey, an experienced El Sistema and arts fundraiser, to support their grant writing efforts this season.
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2024 New Year Report

We invite you to download the 2024 New Year Report to view all our accomplishments…

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The El Sistema USA Model

Our work draws inspiration from the music education model of El Sistema, founded in Venezuela by Jose Antonio Abreu and championed by conductor Gustavo Dudamel. It uses music instruction to enhance the lives of young people in under-resourced communities. El Sistema USA believes that learning music can set students on a path of self-discovery and improve life skills such as patience, persistence, and confidence.

Free or Low-Cost Tuition

Frequent Instruction

(5-10+ hours per week)

Ensemble-Based Learning

Participation Over the Years

Community Focus

Excellence in Instruction and Playing

Helping Members Thrive

El Sistema USA Programs and Benefits

Our programming focuses on staff professional development, data & advocacy, and student learning & leadership. These programs support our members on an organizational level, as well as the individuals that comprise the organization, including administrators, teaching artists, and students.

Become a member today and see how El Sistema USA can help your program thrive!

Donate to El Sistema USA today

Your generous gift will allow us to connect and build the field of equity-based music programs that ensure access to high-quality music education. Support programs like our youth leadership cohort to prepare the next generation of leaders, national data collection initiative to measure program impact on students, or our national symposium which strengthens organizational and field capacity.

Join El Sistema USA

Are you an equity-based music program providing high-quality programming to your community?

ESUSA provides our members with resources to help organizations, administrators, teachers, and students thrive. This includes benchmarking reports, data collection, networking events, webinars, consulting, student leadership programming, and student seminarios. Our members include community music schools, youth orchestras, symphony orchestras, individuals, and more.

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