Music Training Programs

Music and its Different Dimensions and Levels of Impact on Individuals and Society

When musicians play music together, something else takes over, a kind of power that draws people in, transcends individual differences and social barriers, and creates a shared experience of humanity. Through the rhythmic and melodic sequences of the piece they’re performing, musicians accompany the listeners through a journey on multiple levels: sensory, introspective, fantastical, spiritual, personal, and social, whereby individual identity finds expression, inspiration, and gratification as it takes part in a collective celebration of music. In this discovery, the audience becomes one body; its diverse members captured and affected by the same tune.

Music has an organic way of evoking emotions, ideas, and movement in human beings and musicians have a responsibility not only to push the boundaries of their art and abilities but also to use them towards positive and meaningful change in society. Experience has shown us the transformative power of music, how it lends peace to otherwise chaotic environments by bringing people together and inspiring them into harmony. This is made possible because of four core skills that most musicians possess: (1) the ability to express themselves beautifully in their music; (2) the ability to effectively convey the message of their music to people; (3) the ability to attract listeners and elicit an emotional response in them; and, (4) the ability to engage their audience and influence them to be actively involved in the music or performance.

Musicians acquire these skills in the course of their extensive training and constant practice and performance. Learning to play in an orchestra instills not only mastery and discipline but also teamwork, respect, and a sense of community, for an orchestra is essentially a community of musicians with diverse instruments, skills, and personalities working together to make one harmonious and beautiful sound. Each member is respected and each contribution is valued and appreciated. They have to be able to communicate with each other and follow instructions, in order to act as one.

These too are skills that leaders need to possess to become effective in their roles in developing people, building communities, and instigating social change. This type of music education, not only opens opportunities for artistic expression and self-transformation for our youth, but develops them into a community where they can learn to go beyond themselves, to become persons for others, willing to give back to society, and capable of building as well as leading peaceful and productive communities in the future.

Concept: Aurelio Maria R. Rodriguez
Written by: Jeffrey Gil G. Lingamen

Student Training Program

 I. Summer Training (April to May each summer)

Areas of Training:
Orchestra and Choir Performance with supplementary studies in Music

Participants:
25 Children/Youths from Ermita Children’s Art Project
35 Children/Youths from SOS Children’s Village
Every year an additional 30 students will be added to the Program

II. School Year (June to Mid-March each Year)

Areas of Training:
Orchestra and Choir Performance with supplementary studies in Music

Target Participants:
All children/youths that successfully complete summer training program with us

 

Teacher Training Program

I. Music Teacher Training Workshop

What is this workshop about?
Fundamentals of Music Instruction and El Sistema Programming

Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for musicians/music teachers who (1) believe in the ability that music education has to change the lives of children, and (2) wish to embrace this ability to make an impact within their own communities – musicians who want to make a difference.

What participants gain from this workshop?
Workshop participants will receive training and materials on the following topics: the basics of teaching general music (including singing and instruments), curriculum mapping, lesson planning, behavior management, assessment, developing a teaching philosophy, and El Sistema fundamentals.

Workshop Activities and Content
1. Fundamentals of El Sistema
2. Curriculum
3. Elements of Singing
4. Interactive lessons with Sistemang Pilipino Students
5. Lesson Planning
6. Demonstration Lessons with Sistemang Pilipino Students
7. Different types of Learners and Learning styles
8. The Skillful Teacher by Jon Saphier
9. Lesson Plan Demonstration
10. Behavior Management
11. The Excellent Eleven by Ron Clark
12. Music Education Standards
13. Twelve Components and Assessments
14. Motivation and Relationships
15. Question and Answer Session
16. Working with Large Group of Students
17. Conducting Basics
18. Final Discussion and Reflection

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to try out these new skills in front of their peers and receive feedback from experienced educators. Certificates of completion will be given to participants at the end of the course, certified by the Department of Education.

II. Basic String Pedagogy

For Intermediate and Advanced string players (violin/viola/cello/bass)

III. Sistemang Pilipino Chamber Orchestra

Ensemble Training and Performance opportunities

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QUOTES

“An orchestra is a community where the essential and exclusive feature is that it is the only community that comes together with the fundamental objective of agreeing with itself. Therefore the person who plays in an orchestra begins to live the experience of agreement.”

José Antonio Abreu

"Rhythm is the internal pulse of the soul. Music sublimates the internal pulse of the soul and expresses it in a harmonious way - subtly, invisibly, and transmitted, without words, to other human beings. It is the art of making the will, soul and spirit agree to generate a message and to generate values that profoundly transform the spirit of the child who values the orchestra."

José Antonio Abreu

"Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is."

Mae West

"It's been a thrilling journey - I have had to really learn that an orchestra is an entity - it's a creature. I have been calling it the dragon and the conductor is the dragon tamer. And you just have to... ride and don't let go and you will be fine."

Tori Amos

"I firmly believe lyrics have to breathe and give the audience's ear a chance to understand what's going on. Particularly in the theater, where you have costume, story, acting, orchestra."

Stephen Sondheim

"Art implies... ... a sense of perfection, therefore of excellence - a road to excellence. What is it that the orchestra has planted in the souls of its members? A sense of harmony, a sense of order implicit in the rhythm, a sense of the aesthetic, the beautiful and the universal, and the language of the invisible, of the invisible transmitted unseen through music."

José Antonio Abreu

"Harmony Whoever creates beauty by playing an instrument and generating musical harmony begins to understand from within what essential harmony is... human harmony."

José Antonio Abreu

"What is an orchestra? An orchestra is a community where the essential and exclusive feature is that it is the only community that comes together with the fundamental objective of agreeing with itself. Therefore the person who plays in an orchestra begins to live the experience of agreement. And what does the experience of agreement mean? Team practice - the practice of the group that recognizes itself as interdependent, where everyone is responsible for others and the others are responsible for oneself. Agree on what? To create beauty."

José Antonio Abreu

“It is evident that music has to be recognized as an element of socialization, as an agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values - solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community and to express sublime feelings.”

José Antonio Abreu

“Whoever creates beauty by playing an instrument and generating musical harmony begins to understand from within what essential harmony is... human harmony.”

José Antonio Abreu

"An orchestra is a community where the essential and exclusive feature is that it is the only community that comes together with the fundamental objective of agreeing with itself. Therefore the person who plays in an orchestra begins to live the experience of agreement."

José Antonio Abreu

"Rhythm is the internal pulse of the soul. Music sublimates the internal pulse of the soul and expresses it in a harmonious way - subtly, invisibly, and transmitted, without words, to other human beings. It is the art of making the will, soul and spirit agree to generate a message and to generate values that profoundly transform the spirit of the child who values the orchestra."

José Antonio Abreu

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