Legendary Venezuelan Music Education Program Takes Root in Santa Barbara, CA

ICAN Music students at Franklin Elementary in Santa Barbara learning the violin

LISTEN: Part 1 (w/Adam Johnston)LISTEN: Part 2 (at Franklin Elementary)
In 1975, one man decided to attack the increasing social and civic problems in Venezuela be teaching music to the country’s youth. The program is called El Sistema, and it has not only spawned some of the world’s greatest musicians, but has given joy, hope, and a sense of community to millions of Venezuelan youth over the decades. Inspired by El Sistema, 26 year-old Adam Johnston spearheaded the creation of the ICAN Music Program in Santa Barbara, which currently operates after school at Franklin Elementary.

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One Response to Legendary Venezuelan Music Education Program Takes Root in Santa Barbara, CA

  1. Kris Green says:

    Nicely done. Great subject, great interviews. I love recorder-ists. One of your best SB pieces yet, Ms. Pelland. Makes me feel good to know there are people out there making a difference.

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