The Benefits of Collective Music-Making for Youth

Children and youngsters can greatly benefit from making music together in a band, musical ensemble or orchestra. Among the individual benefits that collective music-making provides are: confidence, development of a sense of aesthetics, teamwork, problem-solving skills and deep focus, discipline, striving for excellence, leadership, determination, self-worth, perseverance, cooperation and coexistence, competitive spirit, and academic success. This article was inspired by The Venezuelan System of Children and Youth Orchestras, better known as "El Sistema". This system of youth orchestras has helped thousands of children through collective music-making practice. Individual Benefits of Collective Music-making. Based on my five years of participatory observations as a member of a Youth Orche

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