music education http://michiganradio.org en Ann Arbor school finds a creative way to teach kids music http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-school-finds-creative-way-teach-kids-music <p>All too often, as school districts are forced to cut spending, programs like music get the ax.</p><p>And that sorry fact robs students of the chance to learn music, to make music, and leaves one to wonder: Where are the musicians of the future going to come from?</p><p>One Ann Arbor Elementary School is teaming up with the University of Michigan School of Music for a unique approach to teaching music...and they are turning to Venezuela for inspiration.</p><p>It's called El Sistema.</p><p>The program originated in Venezuela, and the idea was to teach disadvantaged children, to help them discoverer the power of music.</p><p>I spoke with Professor John Ellis with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where among other things, he is Director of Community and Preparatory Programs - and Horacio Contreras Espionoza, he is a UofM grad student studying cello, and he is an El Sistema teacher at Mitchell Elementary School in Ann Arbor.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:37:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 15450 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor school finds a creative way to teach kids music