Conservatory Lab Charter School has chosen to implement El Sistema, the highly successful approach to music instruction and social action, in order to further its mission of demonstrating the ways in which the teaching and learning of music has positive effect on children’s social and cognitive development. El Sistema originated in Venezuela over 35 years ago, and it has become a hugely successful program in terms of producing musicians (the most famous being Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director of the LA Philharmonic) but also in terms of changing lives. Since it began it has impacted over 4 million students and presently teaches 400,000 of Venezuela’s children and boasts over 60 children’s orchestras, 200 youth orchestras, 30 professional adult orchestras, and dozens of choruses, many of which reside in the country’s most disadvantaged areas.
Conservatory Lab Charter School is the first U.S. public school to incorporate El Sistema as a mandatory part of its school day. As an intensive, ensemble-focused music education program designed to effect social change, El Sistema is a natural fit with CLCS’ mission, existing programs and student population. By extending the school day from 2:30 to 5:30 pm and hiring a music staff of 16, Conservatory Lab is demonstrating its confidence that El Sistema will become a defining force in the school’s culture and will significantly increase students’ musical and social skill development and their excitement for learning.
This blog will allow you to follow the progress of our students and El Sistema at
Conservatory Lab Charter School.