Strings Program with Maestro Gabriel Newman
About Our Strings Program Symphony Seeds for Children 7-10+ Years
The Symphony Seeds Strings Program focuses on giving every student the opportunity to play a stringed instrument. Our goal is to provide an intensive, affordable, community-based education program that transforms the lives of the children in our community through music. Children who are immersed in the richness of music education learn much more than rote skills - the pursuit of music excellence teaches youth to strive for quality in all areas of their life! By providing an after-school program with intensive instruction in violin, viola and cello, we are building community through the joy and discipline of music-making. Our vision is to enrich the lives of youth through affordable and inclusive music lessons in a nurturing environment with meaningful mentorship. This way, we can not only nurture a child’s wellbeing, development and music education, we can broaden their future opportunities with the best foundations in classical music education.
Our Methodology: ‘El Sistema’Our orchestra-based Strings program is inspired by El Sistema, the thriving Venezuelan Youth Orchestra Program, led by one of its former students and Orchestra Director, Maestro Gabriel Newman. Its founding principles include a team-based approach to collective, cooperative education, characterised by trust, discipline, empathy, commitment, structure and support for self-esteem. Since its foundation in 1975, Venezuela’s National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs, called ‘El Sistema’ has used music education as a vehicle for social change. It cultivates an ‘affluence of spirit’ which today brings hope, joy and positive social impact to 400,000 children and their families and communities throughout Venezuela. This unprecedented success has inspired hundreds of similar programs which serve an estimated 1 million children in at least 60 countries worldwide. Two of El Sistema’s most successful international programs - in Venezuela and in Batuta, Colombia - have sent every graduate to University - amongst many other measures of achievement.
Maestro Gabriel NewmanWe are delighted to be implementing this successful project in Australia under the leadership of the Maestro Gabriel Newman, who began his studies in classical guitar and violoncello in both the Superior School of Music José Angel lamas and the Conservatory of the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Later becoming the principal cellist of the Youth Orchestra of Los Teques, the capital of the Miranda State, and later, the principal cellist of the Youth Orchestra of Caracas, D.F. Maestro José Antonio Abreu, Director and Founder of the National Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela (El Sistema), entrusted Gabriel to found, direct and conduct a branch that would become the José María Vargas Youth and Children’s Orchestra in Vargas State. For his achievements as a conductor and contributions on behalf of the Children and Youth of the State, Gabriel received the medal of excellence from the State Premier. He was invited in 1990, as a guest conductor for the Summer Series Concert by the D.C. Youth Orchestra program in Washington D.C. Upon his return to Venezuela, Maestro Newman became the Founder and Musical Director of the Western Chamber Orchestra. Gabriel has worked with disadvantaged children in the west of Caracas, offering free concerts to the community. The Mayor of the City awarded funds to merit their contributions.
We invite you to learn more about ‘El Sistema’ in the links below:
The El Sistema Music Revolution - José Antonio Abreu [TED Talk]
How Music Saved Venezuela’s Children