Documentary showcases power of music education to raise young people out of poverty



The power of music education was showcased this week at Liberty Hall in Tyler through a documentary featuring impoverished Venezuelan children rising up out of violent slums.


Although East Texas offers a completely different environment, some Tyler community leaders say the program, or one like it, could be duplicated here for the benefit of children.


For Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hispanic Professionals Association of Tyler and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra on Thursday screened “El Sistema,” a film about the program of the same name that takes children from poor communities and turns them into world-class musicians.


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