As public schools across the nation face budget cuts, arts education usually takes the biggest hit. Tricia Tunstall's book Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music profiles a Venezuelan music program for underprivileged youth and serves as an argument against arts defunding. Founded by José Antonio Abreu in 1975, El Sistema is a network of youth orchestras that provide children with after-school musical training to keep them away from the world of crime. Approximately 370,000 students participate in the program. One of its famous students includes Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Dudamel has successfully brought the concept to the United States and is making a major impact. The book is an inspiring read and shows just how much music education can transform lives.
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