The Clayton State University Department of Teacher Education’s Fall Education Film Series, featuring discussions led by Clayton State faculty members, is currently underway, with the next showing scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 22 when Coordinator for Music Education Dr. Richard Bell of the Clayton State Music Education faculty will lead the discussion following the showing of El Sistema: Music to Change Life. This presentation will take place in room B14 of the Clayton State Lecture Hall, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
El Sistema: Music to Change Life is a documentary about Venezuela’s unique system of music education that takes the viewer from the barrios of Caracas to the world’s finest concert halls. It shows how Venezuelan visionary Jose Antonio Abreu changed the lives of hundreds of children over the past three decades. Children from streets dominated by the gun battles of gang warfare are taken into music schools, given access to music and taught through the model of the symphony orchestra how to build a better society.