Sistema Australia is building orchestral-based music programs for children in disadvantaged communities across Australia. For two hours after school, 3-5 days per week, children aged 6 and up attend an intensive musical program designed to empower them with creative expression, valuable life skills and joy to fill their lives.

The children are provided with a healthy snack, then proceed to learn an orchestral instrument in a group setting, and participate in musicianship, orchestra rehearsal and choir. Through the learning of instruments such as violins, flutes, and trombones, the program values positive reinforcement and the experience of the child, with many exciting performances and cultural excursions planned. There is a focus on peer teaching and mentorship - bestowing upon the children a sense of responsibility as well as facilitating inspiration through role-model behaviour amongst children of similar ages. Making music together forms bonds based on friendship, teamwork, trust, respect, harmony, mutual compassion and joy.

Learning to play a musical instrument and gaining skills through music reading, singing and performance are important cognitive processes which are understood to enhance children's abilities in other areas of learning - particularly in literacy, numeracy, and memory. As well as developing impressive musical skills, artistic sensitivity and expressive capabilities, children in Sistema Australia programs are able to gain valuable life skills such as teamwork, self-esteem, patience, discipline, respect and concentration.

As El Sistema's founder, Jose Antonio Abreu states:

“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. Agree on what? To create beauty...”


The self-development and community-development goals of Sistema Australia will help our country’s children to grow up with the ability to work compassionately and cooperatively with their peers, afford them valuable employment skills in music performance, teaching, and other areas of occupation, and will enrich deeply the local and national cultural landscape.

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Please Donate to Sistema Australia's Music Programs!


You are invited to become a supporter of the Sistema Australia music programs. By making a tax deductible donation to the Australia Cultural Fund, operated by the Australia Business Arts Foundation – it will provide essential financial support for Sistema Australia's after-school music program for children during 2012.

Download a PDF of the AbaF Donation form, or donate online here.