"Everything that you need to know about being a responsible member of society can be learned in an orchestra (or band)." Jose Antonio Abreu is the founder of Venezuela's El Sistema, a state foundation overseeing and enabling 125 youth orchestras and youth training programs. Maestro Abreu says the El Sistema is, "a social program, but we use music to get there. In their essence the orchestra and the choir are much more than artistic structures. They are examples and schools of social life, because to sing and to play together means to intimately coexist toward perfection and excellence. This is why music is immensely important in the awakening of sensibility and in the forging of values."
The benefits of music are numerous and well documented. Having begun with the larger social picture let's take a step back and begin with the benefits that music can have on the individual and end with a more thorough overview of the benefits that music can bestow on the world at large.
Music and the Brain
Music and Linguistics
Music and Creativity
Music and Coordination
Music and the Body
Music and the Soul
Music and the World
Music and Social Transformation
The following are some quotes from a wonderful book by Tricia Turnstall's with the title of, Changing Lives, Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema and the Transformative Power of Music.We recommend this book to anyone interested in further reading on this subject.