An El Sistema Bibliography

An El Sistema Bibliography, compiled by my friend and colleague David France:

Bibliographic References

Borzacchini, C. (2004). Venezuela bursting with orchestras. Caracas: Banco del Caribe.

Carroll, R. (2007). "Chávez pours millions more into pioneering music scheme". The Guardian (London): Retrieved 8 September 2007.

Graves, J. (2005). Cultural Democracy: The arts, the Community, and the Public Purpose. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Hetland, L. (2000) Learning to Make Music Enhances Spatial Reasoning . Journal of Aesthetic Education, Vol. 34, No. 3/4

Jackson, M. R. (2008).“Art and cultural participation at the heart of community life.” In J. Cherbo, R. A. Stewart, and M. Wyszomirski (eds.). Understanding the Arts and the Creative Sector in the United States. New Brunswick: Rutgers.

Webber, J. (2011) “El Sistema: When Music Cuts Crime and Saves Lives.” The Telegraph (London) Retrieved 13 October 2011.

Electronic references

Booth, Eric. El Sistema’s Open Secrets. 2010. Unpublished

Inter-American Development Bank (2007). Program to support the Center for Social Action through Music (VE-L1017). Washington, D.C.: Inter-American Development Bank.

Evaluation of Big Noise, Sistema Scotland: The Scottish Government

Fundación del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (FESNOJIV) (2011). Website. Retrieved from:


Mora-Brito, Daniel (2011) Between social harmony and political dissonance: the institutional and policy-based intricacies of the Venezuelan System of Children and Youth Orchestras. Master’s Dissertation. University of Texas at Austin

Documentaries and audiovisual materials

Arvelo, A. (2010) (Director). Dudamel. Let the Children Play [Documentary]. Caracas

Arvelo, A. (2006) (Director). Tocar y Luchar [Documentary]. Caracas: FESNOJIV, Explorart Films, CNAC and CONAC.

TED (2009). José Antonio Abreu on kids transformed by music. Acceptance speech of José Antonio Abreu (TED Prize) [Video]. New York: TED. Retrieved on April 27, 2011 from:

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