El Sistema Play
About El Sistema Play
Video instructions to develop the orchestra
Notes and audio examples
Vals från Rosengängarna
ES4 Upper Intermediate
En strimma hav
Hela vägen hem
Step, step, step – and jump!
This video shows how you can plan the development for the orchestra, setting up goals and always working with the next step in mind. Ron illustrates, step by step, where the orchestra is headed. This is also where we explain the importance of a common and appropriate repertoire so that the music itself drives the development. And – finally – the importance of sharing knowledge.
Positions – essential for everyone
To be able to begin with others in the orchestra you need to know the right positions before you start and the correct way to hold your instrument.
Attitude – anything is possible
In this video Ron explains how to be a strong role model and leader for the students. It´s all about attitude.
Discipline – a shared responsibility
Discipline in the room starts even before the students arrive. It is up to you to organize and supervise it.
Dynamics – from the very beginning
Here Ron shows how you can help your students to gain both a feeling for, as well as an understanding of the music from the start.
Technique – improve the sound
Playing open strings and scales helps us improve our technique and tone and the sound of the orchestra. This is how we warm up.
Theory – major and minor scales
There are many ways to practice music theory and learn the differences between major and minor, melody and harmony. Do it in a fun way!
Interaction – one group, different ages
Ron explains how you can work in parallel with students of different ages, from beginner to advanced level – at the same time.
Preparation – step by step to Te Deum
Is it possible to prepare a whole repertoire with only a few bars? It is, if you take the right steps from the beginning.
The Start – Soft and Calm
Music pedagog Teresa Hedborg uses different tools to calm down the preschool children when entering the music class.
The Choir – White Hands
El Sistema in Sweden is deeply inspired by El Sistema in Venezuela. Teresa Hedborg has created the choir White Hands after the Venezuelan example.
The Orchestra – All United
The routine and repertoire in Teresa Hedborgs teaching is the same no matter if she teaches choir singing, wind orchestra or string orchestra in preschool.
The Magic – All Senses
It is important to use, as Teresa Hedborg says, "magic", when you teach preschool kids. To capture their curiosity, so they do not tire, you need to use your imagination.
The Offering Method
Many children with special needs are sensitive to requirements and demands. In this video Christel Weiner describes how she offers her students to participate in the orchestra without making any demands.
The Color System
With color markings for the strings and stable of the violin as well as a color palette on the floor, Christel Weiner shows her students, with her hands and feet, how to play. On open strings, but also with fingers.
The System of Pictures
Christel Weiner describes how she works with pictures. In this way her students follow the class. With the pictures they are able to see when difficult songs, favorites and easier songs come along.
The Structure of the Class
Always start with the same opening song and final song when you work with children with special needs. Christel Weiner then builds the class according to the difficulty of the music.