We are excited to announce the launch of MAC- Music for Active Citizenship: a Young Music Mentors Programme.
MAC is an Erasmus+ project implemented in Cyprus and Greece by the consortium partners Sistema Cyprus and El Sistema Greece. The project aims to offer opportunities for social and educational interactions between local Sistema music program students with a refugee or immigrant background and native students who study music. Based on the foundation of social music education, the project seeks to promote social equity and act towards social inclusion while educating for the appreciation of social diversity.
Expected Results: The project promotes social integration and social equity as it focuses on the capacity building of young music students and uses music as a tool for reaching out to marginalized young people and preventing racism and intolerance among youth. The results will be the promotion of intercultural dialogue and the appreciation of diversity in society, just like in the orchestra. We aspire that through wide dissemination other social music programs will replicate the program in their own communities.
Access the MAC e-learning platform here:
MAC aims to bring together young mentors, who are already engaged in learning a musical instrument, together with 30 children and young people from Sistema Cyprus. The program commenced on October 2nd with a training seminar for the 23 young mentors, aged 14-35 years old. Specifically, the young music mentors were trained in the method and practices of El Sistema teaching and will collaborate with Sistema musicians.
This program will empower the competency of youth mentors promoting music as a tool to reach out to young people with fewer opportunities, as well as to prevent racism and intolerance amongst young people. In addition, the quarterly interaction with Sistema children that the participants will appreciate, will encourage intercultural and interreligious dialogue, and simultaneously strengthen the knowledge, the acceptance and the appreciation of diversity in society.
MAC is an Erasmus+ project implemented in Cyprus and Greece by the consortium partners Sistema Cyprus and El Sistema Greece.
The main purpose of the program is to use music education as a tool for the social integration of refugees and migrants, but also, more generally, for the acceptance of diversity and social change. MAC is a complete educational program containing both the basic theoretical principles of community music and the El Sistema program, as well as a multitude of educational activities with all the necessary supervisory materials and audio-visual media. The program also includes the training of young musicians who have the desire to work in music education in the future, of young music educators.
Since the completion of the program and its evaluation, the MAC training manual is made available here for music educators around the world to access it online.
"Let us reveal to our children the beauty of music, and music shall reveal to our children the beauty of life" - José Antonio Abreu, Founder of El SIstema