Changing Lives by Tricia Tunstall
Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music

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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.
 

About Tricia Tunstall

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Tricia Tunstall is both a writer and a music educator. The author of Changing Lives and Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson, she has written for the Kenyon Review and the New York Times. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.
 
Published January 23, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 335 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Music educator Tunstall (Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson, 2008) traveled to South America, California and elsewhere to explore the El Sistema's global groundswell.

Jan 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudam...

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“Changing Lives gives appropriate credit where credit is due; however, it would have been more engaging had the author given us a more balanced portrayal of the system that is truly revolutionizing how music is taught to children and to the world.”

Jan 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudam...

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The inspiring story of Venezuela’s El Sistema, a social program that enlists the power of music to heal the depredations of poverty, has an almost mystical ring to an American in 2012.

Jan 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudam...

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