These are the inspiration models corresponding to Oceania: Whangarei System -Toi Akorangi, Arohanui Strings – Hutt Valley System, Aotearoa System and Queen of Paradise Project (PNG), which are driven by the ideology and principles of our founding director, conforming, within of its own nature, in application spaces for music education, based on the teaching methodology of El Sistema that seeks its own social and artistic result at a national and international level.
1. Sistema Whangarei -Toi Akorangi
Whangarei-Toi Akorangi System is a community-based social change program that uses the orchestra as a vehicle. It was first introduced in Whangarei in April 2013. Toi Akorangi, is his Maori name and represents the ideals of creating a place of learning where the teacher is also the student and the student is a teacher – everyone contributes to the wonderful possibilities to work together on music and aspire to great heights.
This program is run by the community and a small group of teaching artists, a management team, and volunteers. Sistema Whangarei created its own charitable trust on January 1, 2017. All resources are funded by donations and grants. The children and youth in the program come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages from 6 to 17 years old, at this time. They have a particular interest in encouraging students who might be disadvantaged. I Have a Dream supports them to engage students through their program and they are always building relationships with health and wellness organizations.
There are very few qualified and trained teaching artists in Whangarei and therefore, inspired by the stories of Venezuela, from the very beginning they train young people as leaders and teachers. Quickly, they saw the benefit for the young leaders and began an investigation that led to the understanding of a Maori director from Tuakana Teina that he makes the older brother take care of the younger one.
With the combination of AKO (which is a principle of fluid teaching and learning between who is teacher and student) and Tuakana Teina, they have realized that while they are willing to share skills and knowledge, no matter how small, they are not short growth.
At the beginning of each trip, students are asked to make 2 agreements. The first is to treat everyone as Taonga (treasure) and the second is to listen to the information and recognize that as a student you have a responsibility to find the knowledge. Knowledge rarely comes looking for you!
Each session, after school, begins with a reunion song, Karakia (prayer), Kai (food), and mindfulness training, while preparing the mind and body for learning. Musicality plays a huge role in the program and is proving to give students a fantastic bass to play together in the orchestra and also as composers and creative beings.
Thanks to the work of Eric Booth and one of the founders, John Hartigan, the Whangarei System has adopted 7 principles or pillars as its foundation. These 7 pills act as a lens through which to guide decision-making and program development: Ensemble Learning-Tira Pūoro – (Group Music); Peer Learning – Ako tētahi ki tētahi (One teaches the other) – Love each other; Radical Inclusion – Te Whānau Ringa Tūwhera (The Family; open arms); Music as passion and expressiveness – Ti Ihiihi o te Reo Puoro (The pillar that exudes expression, passion, awe inspiring creativity) Intensity – Te Kaha (this reminds us that we must maintain strong energy within our musical creation); High musical aspiration – Ngā whainga teitei (Seeking and achieving the best efforts) and Whānau and community participation – Te porowhita whānui The widening circle – means the intention to embrace whānau, the community and beyond as it grows.
Whangarei-Toi Akorangi system is always growing and researching and sees it as a strength and an ongoing requirement.
2. Arohanui Strings – Sistema Hutt Valley
It is a musical program that uses the search for musical excellence and performance together to achieve a positive change in the lives of the children of Hutt Valley, its values are: inclusion, joy, cooperation and aspiration. Its main mission is to preserve and nurture children’s natural exuberance for music. His classes are free.
3. Sistema Aotearoa
It is a musical program that works to unleash the potential of tamariki, whānau and communities, through the creation of orchestral music. The program fosters confidence, teamwork, pride and aspiration in children and their environment in general, generating social change, empowering the inhabitants and supporting the well-being of tamariki and whānau.
Papua New Guinea
1. Queen of Paradise Project (PNG)
La historia de este programa comienza en 2016, cuando el padre Miguel de la Calle, sacerdote argentino que dirige una misión católica en Papúa Nueva Guinea, y sus colegas, el padre Martín Prado y el religioso Tomás Ravioli, decidieron crear una orquesta para los niños de su aldea de Vanimo. Posteriormente, fueron acompañados por el director de orquestas venezolano, Jesús Briceño.
El programa actualmente atiende alrededor de 100 niños, de 8 a 16 años, quienes estudian instrumentos de cuerda, flautas, coros y lenguaje musical. El objetivo del programa es crear, a través de la música, una cultura de disciplina, trabajo en equipo, excelencia y armonía.