The Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County’s Goshen Clubhouse has teamed up with Elkhart County’s El Sistema program to provide music lessons for Club members. This is a youth development program that provides musical instruments and instruction.
ECoSistema stands for Elkhart County El Sistema. The program works to provide access and excellence through music to Club members. The program is tailored to age specific groups – Song Circle (2nd grade), Crescendo Orchestra (3rd-5th grade), Presto Orchestra (4th-5th grade) and Teen ECoSistema (6th-12th grade).
Students get regular instruction on how to read music, use and care for instruments and perform. Members in this program get opportunities to perform in front of audiences at the Club and on stages in the community.
Club Members Perform Before Audience At Goshen College
Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County’s Goshen Clubhouse had the amazing opportunity to host the Thalea String Quartet, with support from the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association and Goshen College.
The quartet came to meet the Club’s ECoSistema members back in January 2019 and returned to Goshen this month. Our members hosted the quartet at the Club with a chance to play together before heading to Sauder Concert Hall at Goshen College for a Community Concert.
Members were able to get for tips from the quartet and ask questions. This was an amazing experience for our members and families who were treated to a professional concert!
Joseph is one of our teen members who was able to be a teen leader for the Crescendo Orchestra for this performance. This provided an amazing sense of accomplishment for Joseph, who has found his sense of belonging at Club through ECoSistema.
He has risen to the occasion and has been given more responsibility and leadership within this program. Joseph is playing both violin and string bass this year, while helping to mentor younger ECoSistema members.
Club Members Taking Part In Guitar Lessons
Guitar lessons are one of the newest programs offered to teens. We have many members who participate in band, orchestra, and ECoSistema who shared with Teen Supervisor Noah that they would like to learn to play guitar as well. The group is meeting for an hour a week for their free basic guitar lesson. This is a group that is easily embarrassed when they feel uncomfortable, but Noah has created a space that they feel comfortable being vulnerable to learn a new skill.