Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Sistema Kingston

After-School Music Program

Our Faculty of Education is honoured to support Sistema Kingston in offering an intensive after-school music program that focuses on positive social change through the pursuit of musical excellence. Through free, group centred music instruction, Sistema Kingston emphasizes inclusivity and teamwork, builds personal persistence, and fosters creativity and personal responsibility in all its activities.

Using the Venezuelan El Sistema as its model, Sistema Kingston inspires children to reach their full potential as students, musicians, and citizens. Sistema Kingston was launched in 2015 as an initiative of Queen’s Community Music in collaboration with the Limestone District School Board and the Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library.

Sistema Kingston embraces the five principles of Venezuelan El Sistema:

  • Social Change - social transformation through the pursuit of musical excellence. One happens through the other and neither is prioritized at the expense of the other.
  • Ensembles - The focus is on the group experience (orchestral/choral) and working toward a common goal. Peer mentoring is integral to the experience.
  • Frequency - El Sistema ensembles meet multiple times every week for multiple hours at a time over extended periods.
  • Accessibility - El Sistema programs are free and inclusive to all.
  • Connectivity - El Sistema programs foster connectivity between students, teachers and families to build stronger communities. El Sistema programs are linked at the community, regional and national levels, forming a cohesive network of services, resource sharing collaborative opportunities and advocacy in support of each other.

Through Sistema Kingston, our Bachelor of Education students, who have a background in music and an interest in working with underserved children, have an opportunity to help with the program. Our graduate students have opportunities to engage with Sistema Kingston through teaching internships and research.

Sistema Kingston will look to grow within the community with the support of the faculty infrastructure.