Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Brayan
*He’s the enthusiastic student on the top left!

Brayan joined El Sistema when he was in 4th grade. At the time, he didn’t know what El Sistema was but says he was very interested in what was going to happen when he joined. “On the first day, I was super excited.” Brayan began playing violin but recently switched to viola. “I ended up with viola because I was a bit taller and the viola fits me much better.”

Now a 5th grader, Brayan was recently invited to participate in Citywide Honor Choir, which highlights the talents of student performers from elementary schools across Denver. “When I learned about Citywide I was excited because I was like, wow, only a hundred kids from all the schools are going to be here!” Spending a full day learning and memorizing six songs for the performance was very different than the afterschool program he is used to. “First we pointed through [the music], then we tried memorizing it, and most of the class had it memorized by the end of the day.”

“If I wasn’t in El Sistema I couldn’t get to Citywide, [because] how else are they going to know me and my beautiful voice?”

“I actually enjoyed [Citywide]. I loved it because there were so many voices and at the last song, people stood up and started clapping and I knew that was a very good sign that they loved us.”

Brayan recognizes that El Sistema has helped him be a leader. “It only happens in El Sistema because more leadership happens in El Sistema. El Sistema is important. It doesn’t mean you just learn music or sing and perform concerts, it means how to make friendships with other kids.”