National Music Education in Costa Rica (SINEM)

By Danielle Cho

Rebecca’s last blog entry was a chronicle of our musical adventures in Costa Rica.  One of the main highlights of our trip was the time we spent at the SINEM School of Music in San Ramon. 

Many of us have heard about the El Sistema program which was created in Venezuela.  It has dramatically changed the lives of so many young children throughout South America by taking them out of poverty and giving them music education.  In 2007, the Government of Costa Rica and the Ministry of Culture and Youth (MCJ) created the National Music Education in Costa Rica, otherwise known as SINEM.  SINEM is based on the El Sistema program and promotes a model of artistic and social formation through the creation of youth orchestras.  SINEM gives children living in poverty and social risk, access to instrumental training and new opportunities through musical studies and performance. 

After we played our concert at SINEM, we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the students.  Even though we did not share the same culture or native language, the energy and excitement were palpable.  It was a reaffirmation of the power of music and the need to bring music performance and education to communities who do not have access to it.  I asked some of the students to share their personal stories and their impressions of the masterclass and concert. 

This is what they had to say:

by Maury Morel

I am twenty years old, and I listen to all kinds of music like Urban, R & B and Pop, and of course classical music in the SINEM School of Music. Like Danielle, Rebecca and Sarah, I hope to travel around the world. Danielle, Rebecca and Sarah are great role models especially for young people. When I listen to them play, I can feel their passion for music and the subtlety in which they express their music.  The day that we heard them play I had only one word to describe it – “amazing”.  They were a great motivation and although it was a short time I could see the great people who they are, and I hope they will return to Costa Rica very soon.

Tengo veinte años de edad, escucho todo tipo de música y mi enfoque musical son en géneros Urbano, R&B Y Pop, y claro estudio música clásica en la escuela Sinem.  Al igual que Danielle, Rebecca y Sarah, espero viajar por todo el mundo. Danielle, Rebecca y Sarah son un ejemplo a seguir en especial para los jóvenes, en ellas se puede notar su pasión por la música y la sutileza con la que expresan las notas musicales, el día que las pude escuchar solo tenía una palabra para describirlas “Asombroso”, fueron una gran motivación y aunque fue un tiempo corto pude ver las grandes personas que son, y espero volver a verlas pronto.

by Angelo Araya

In 2011, my best friend began telling me about SINEM and I became very interested.  In 2012, I was able to enroll and I began to study the violin.  In 2012 I have had great experiences thanks to SINEM, such as having the opportunity to play in an orchestra.  At the end of 2012, I played an audition and I was able to enter in the National Orchestra of SINEM.  I thought the masterclass (by Sound Impact) was very excellent and we all learned a lot.  For us you were a great inspiration of what we all want to become one day.  Thank you.

En el 2011 mi mejor amigo me empezó hablando sobre lo que es el Sinem, y a mi me interesó mucho, sobre la música y sobre lo que el me contaba, en el 2012 hice matricula y pude entrar decidiendo tocar violín. Durante el 2012 obtuve grandes experiencias gracias al Sinem, como poder participar en una orquesta. A finales del 2012 realicé una audición, por la cual pude entrar a una orquesta nacional del Sinem. La clase maestra me pareció muy excelente, ya que aprendimos mucho, y para nosotros ustedes fueron una gran inspiración a lo que queremos ser algun día  Gracias.

by Su Romero Gomez

In 2007, I began to play the flute and I realized they were going to open the SINEM School.  In 2008, I decided to enroll there and since then I have had many wonderful moments there.  During this time, I was in a deep depression and thanks to music, I was able to get out of it.  Music has helped me a lot.  At SINEM, I go five days a week and take choir, orchestra, flute, and guitar trio. 

En el 2007 inicie con la flauta, luego me di cuenta que iban a abrir un SINEM entonces en el 2008 decidí matricular allí, he tenido experiencias muy muy bonitas allí. Yo estuve en ese tiempo con muchas depresiones y gracias a la música pude salir de todo eso.. Me ha ayudado muchisimo. Yo estudio digamos q 11 horas en el SINEM voy 5 días a la semana. Voy a clases de lenguaje musical, coro, orquesta, instrumento, trio de guitarra y flauta y banda. 

by Hairan Vanessa Arguedas

Since I was little, I loved the violin and I saw it in many cartoons and I got very excited and it caught my attention.  When I was introduced to SINEM, I began with the violin and I really enjoyed the classes and have learned many things that I am putting into practice and have helped me a lot.

Yo desde que estaba pequeña me gustaba mucho el violín y lo veía en las caricaturas y me emocionaba mucho con eso me llamó la atención y cuando conocí el Sinem entre a violín y con respecto a la clase me gustó mucho y aprendí varias cosas que ya estoy poniendo en práctica y me han ayudado mucho.

by Ashley Piñeiro Conejo

My story:  When I was seven years old, I began to play the violin but because of personal reasons I had to give up music.  When I was 10, I started again by studying at SINEM and have studied there ever since.  It has been a beautiful experience.  I love their classes and people like you have encouraged us to continue with music and to make certain changes to enjoy it more and to make people enjoy them too.  Thank you very much for your help.

Mi historia es: Cuando tenía 7 años comencé con el violín pero tuve que abandonar la música por asuntos personales. A los 10 años comencé de nuevo pero con el sinem hasta ahora. Ha sido una experiencia hermosa. Me encantó recibir sus clases, personas como ustedes animan mucho a seguir con la música y poder hacer ciertos cambios para disfrutarla más y hacer que las personas las disfruten también. Muchas gracias por su ayuda. 

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