Sistema Kingston aspires to bring social change to inspire children to reach their full potential as students, musicians and citizens.

Our website is under construction in preparation for the 2017/18 season!

Queen’s Community Music, in partnership with The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.) and Limestone District School Board, was excited to launch Sistema Kingston in the Fall of 2015 - an intensive after school music program for underserved children that focuses on positive social change through the pursuit of musical excellence. Through free, group centered music instruction, Sistema Kingston emphasizes inclusivity and teamwork, builds personal persistence, and fosters creativity and personal responsibility in all of its activities. Using the Venezuelan El Sistema as its model, Sistema Kingston aspires to bring social change to inspire children to reach their full potential as students, musicians and citizens.

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MISSION: To provide an intensive after school program that focuses on positive social change through the pursuit of musical excellence.

VISION: To give underserved children in the Kingston area the opportunity, through intensive music learning, to reach their full potential as individuals, musicians and citizens.

About SISTEMA KINGSTON

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We embrace the five principles of Venezuelan El Sistema

  • Social Change – Social transformation through the pursuit of musical excellence. One happens through the other and neither is prioritized at the expense of the other.
  • Ensembles – The focus is on the group experience (orchestral/choral/percussion) and working toward a common goal. Peer mentoring is integral to the experience.
  • Frequency – El Sistema ensembles meet multiple times every week for multiple hours at a time over extended periods.
  • Accessibility – El Sistema programs are free and inclusive to all.
  • Connectivity – El Sistema programs foster connectivity between students, teachers and families to build stronger communities. El Sistema programs are linked at the community, regional and national levels, forming a cohesive network of services, resource sharing collaborative opportunities and advocacy in support of each other.