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Changing Lives

Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music

Tricia Tunstall (Author)

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“Reminds us of how arts education can change lives.” —Gary Stager, Huffington Post

In this “vivid story” (Economist), Tricia Tunstall “chronicles the origins and growth of Venezuela’s acclaimed El Sistema national music education program” (Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times) and illustrates its overarching goal: to rescue children from the depredations of poverty through music. What began in Venezuela has extended to Los Angeles, New York City, and Baltimore, illustrating that El Sistema is not just a program, it’s a movement. Combining firsthand interviews with compelling stories, Changing Lives reveals that arts education can indeed effect positive social change in the United States and around the world.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 2013
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34426-4
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Essential reading for every one of us who cares passionately about our neediest children.” — Quincy Jones

“Starred Review. This passionate and inspiring story should be read by all those interested in music education, community building, and advocacy for the disadvantaged. An essential purchase.” — Library Journal

“We are fortunate to have the story of El Sistema related so eloquently.” — Deborah Borda, president and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic

“Tunstall soundly probes how it is that classical music has played such a powerful role in the protection, education, and elevation of so many children born into poverty. The author does a noble job tracing the history of El Sistema, while managing to keep the narrative as much in the immediate present as possible.” — Kirkus Reviews

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