El Sistema Colorado - Changing Lives Through Music

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center

It costs a minimum of $2,500 a year for a student to take weekly private lessons and participate in an orchestral or choral extracurricular organization.

What would happen if those costs disappeared for our city's under-served communities? What would happen if everyone had access to the power of music?

El Sistema Colorado is making this a reality for Denver's children.

We believe music has the power to change lives for the better by teaching perseverance, teamwork, and social responsibility through an ensemble setting. Our mission is to transform lives through music education by providing intensive in-school and after-school music programs.

El Sistema Colorado was inspired by a global movement established in Venezuela almost 45 years ago, with eleven children and one inspiring educator, playing classical music together in a parking garage. Today, the El Sistema tradition is internationally renowned for using the classical music ensemble to teach children the skills necessary to transform their communities.

Our students experience the value of teamwork, leadership, collective impact under the direction of Teaching Artists. Performance opportunities occur throughout the year with partners like Metro State University, Denver Philharmonic, Baroque Chamber Orchestra, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, our students were invited to play with cellist, Yo-Yo Ma!

Our Impact: 90% of teachers report that their El Sistema students have improved academic performance, 98% of parents report that their student has improved teamwork skills, 11 El Sistema children have been accepted to the prestigious and nationally recognized Denver School of the Arts.

Who We Serve:
- 88% of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch
- 86% of our students are Latino
- 55% of our students learning English as a second language

The best part...there is no cost to our students and their families!

We invite you to invest in Denver's future by becoming an El Sistema Colorado donor partner.

One year of programming costs $2,500 per child. That number includes the cost of an instrument, ten hours of instruction per week, performance and enrichment activities, and more.

El Sistema Colorado is raising $50,000 to support 20 students' programming costs. Join us in reaching our goal!

If 20 donors give $2,500, we are there!

We are so thankful for the continued support of our donor family. We believe EVERY dollar makes a difference in our students' lives.

El Sistema Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.

20 X 20 | 20 More Kids by 2020 | The opportunity gap will diminish for 20 more children in Denver with your help!
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