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Our Inspiration


El Sistema

Musica Franklin is modeled on El Sistema, a hugely successful music and social change program that was started in Venezuela 40 years ago. El Sistema is now practiced all over the world, helping to lift children and their families out of poverty.


  • Youth development through the joy and discipline of playing in a music ensemble, focusing primarily on children with the fewest resources and greatest need.

  • Has dramatically changed the life trajectory of hundreds of youth from all backgrounds.

  • Founded in Venezuela in 1975 by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, now teaches music to over 400,000 young people in more than 55 countries

El Sistema Core Values

  • Every human being has the right to a life of dignity and contribution, filled with beauty.

  • Every child has limitless possibilities and the ability to strive for excellence.

  • Every child can learn to experience and express music and art deeply, can receive its many benefits, and can make different critical life choices as a result of this learning.

  • Overcoming poverty and adversity is best done by strengthening the spirit, creating, as Dr. Abreu puts it, “an affluence of the spirit,”

  • Effective education is based on love, approval, joy, and consistently successful experiences within a high-functioning, aspiring, nurturing community.

  • Flexibility, experimentation, risk-taking, and collegial exchange are inherent aspects of every program.

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