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The System seeks to attract talent from the gestation

The System seeks to attract talent from the gestation

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on October 14, 2014

When Adam Bello was born, just cried. Seconds later, with eyes wide open, he began to follow the melody of a duo harpists playing Brahms Lullaby in a public hospital in Venezuela, reported Reuters. Just minutes after birth, Bello, the firstborn of a young poor, received a diploma certifying him as a member of the System, the Venezuelan music program that trained 2.5 million children and young people since 1975, including the director conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

The inclusion of Bello is part of the nine most recent System projects, which aims to capture babies, even from the womb, to saturate with classical music and pluck them out of poverty and crime in Venezuela, considered by the UN as the second most violent world.

"A child clutching a musical instrument is a child who never wields a weapon," told Reuters Leonardo Mendez, program coordinator for New Members, which has attracted 1,500 children in Caracas, the capital, from its start in late 2012.

The System admitted children from five years, but since the premiere of the hundreds of smaller children go once a month, to its modern building in central Caracas, for voice lessons, made initiation paper musical instruments and free concerts.

And not content with getting only the smallest, a group of musicians from the System go to public hospitals, like where Bello born, to play classical music to touch mothers about to give birth and up to the moment of delivery.

Mendez noted that in recent weeks several musicians and educators from other countries arrived in Venezuela for inspiration to replicate New members on their land.

In 1975, in a dilapidated garage and with just nine musicians, Venezuelan economist José Antonio Abreu founded the system and, slowly, he could expand throughout the country through a network of symphony orchestras and children's and youth choirs.

The system has exceeded its borders to countries like Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and to Scotland and the United States that have replicated their model.

Seven out of 10 children entering their classrooms come from poor households in a country that, despite having the largest oil reserves on the planet, still shows pockets of poverty  nearly a third of its population.

Perhaps aware of this, one night in late 2012, Mendez, the head of New members, had an epiphany while trying to sleep her youngest daughter. As the girl could not sleep, he put on a CD of classical music and a few minutes later, she fell rendered.

The Trumpeter of 42 years old found that music helps to relax and cognitive development and used that hook to entice pregnant or mothers with young children, so enroll in the innovative project.

"Why wait that long if we can engage children from the moment of birth?” Musician and educator asked.

Along with the skin, the ear is the organ most developed of children. In fact, three months before birth, babies can hear said Fátima Fernández, professor of musical gymnastics for pregnant mothers in the novel program.

One of her students, Abigail Vazquez, certifies. "It's amazing how, depending on the rhythms that you play, you feel the baby will react," she said, patting her paunch of eight months.

 

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