Our Mission

Teaching life skills through music.

Our mission is to provide an intensive artistic and social program, offered after-school in the city of Asheville to children in under served populations that uses music education as a transformative and empowering tool to teach life skills.


Our Vision

social empowerment through music.

Our mission is to provide an intensive artistic and social program, offered after-school in the city of Asheville to children in underserved populations, that uses music education as a transformative and empowering tool to teach life skills.


Our Goal

a broad approach to excellence.

Starting in Kindergarten, we focus on musicianship, performance, choral and instrumental ensembles with students acting as mentors. We provide homework help and academic enrichment to support academic achievement. Our teachers place an emphasis on learning social behaviors and values to ensure students succeed academically and in their community. We foster a place where parents and community members can gather to promote the success of their children.

 
MusicWorks has changed our lives. Learning the universal language of music through MusicWorks, an El Sistema inspired program, gives my daughters a connection to their Venezuelan heritage while they live here in Asheville, North Carolina.
— Elizabeth, Mom of Coroni and Amelie
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El Sistema = Inspired

“The orchestra is a model of social life. When we are singing and playing together, we coexist intimately. Music is a rigorous discipline that builds solidarity, brotherhood, aesthetic and ethical values.”

— Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu - Founder of El Sistema

Our Inspiration

El Sistema

MusicWorks! is a part of a larger after school intensive music program movement called El Sistema.  El Sistema is a government financed music education program in Venezuela founded by Jose Antonio Abreu, a Venezuelan musician, activist and educator. 

El Sistema provides free after school and weekend music instruction to impoverished youth in Venezuela.  There are currently 416 sites, 1,210 youth orchestras, 372 choruses, and 8,929 teachers.

Music has to be recognized as an agent of social development, in the highest sense because it transmits the highest values - solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion.  And it has the ability to unite an entire community, and to express sublime feelings.
— Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu
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EL Sistema’s Core Values as described by Eric Booth (January, 2012):

1.      Every human being has the right to a life of dignity and contribution, filled with beauty.

2.     Every child can learn to experience and express music and art deeply, can receive its many benefits, and can make different critical life choices as a result of this learning.

3.     Overcoming poverty and adversity is best done by strengthening the spirit, creating, as Dr. Abreu puts it, “an affluence of the spirit,” and investing that affluence as a valued asset in a community endeavor to create excellence and beauty in music.

4.     Effective education is based on love, approval, joy, and consistently successful experiences within a high-functioning, aspiring, nurturing community. Every child has limitless possibilities and the ability to strive for excellence. “Trust the young,” informs every aspect of the work.

5.     Learning organizations never arrive but are always becoming—striving to include: more students, deeper impact, greater musical excellence, better teaching, improved tools, more joy. Thus, flexibility, experimentation, risk-taking, and collegial exchange are inherent aspects of every program.”