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ESC seeks to provide programming that encourages a Growth Mindset – the belief that one’s capacities are due in large part to one’s actions and efforts rather than to a fixed trait or talent. 

ESC’s program began as an in-school and after-school music education program at Garden Place Academy, Swansea Elementary, and Bruce Randolph Middle & High School. In October 2019, ESC opened a community center hub in Curtis Park/Five Points – the ESC Music Center at 2980 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80205. 

Free Virtual Summer Music Programs


Classes Available June 15 – July 17

Private Lessons with Weekly Studio Class

  • Lessons: Individually scheduled Monday-Friday
  • Studio Class: Fridays 3:00-4:00 pm
  • All grade levels

Private Lessons: Students work one-on-one with an El Sistema Colorado string or vocal teaching artist via Zoom on technique, musicianship, and musicality to prepare a performance for Studio Class. All students in elementary school receive a 30-minute lesson once per week. Middle and high school students may select either a 30-minute or 45-minute lesson once per week.

Studio Class: Come show off the music you have learned in your private lessons and hear what other students have accomplished. Studio class is an awesome way to learn from fellow students and your teaching artists!

Studio class is required for all students taking virtual private lessons. An instrument and playing experience is required for lessons.

Music Makers Class

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00-9:30 am
  • Grades K-5

This interactive class uses songs and games to help young musicians learn the basics of reading music and to connect what they see on the page to how it sounds on an instrument.

No instrument or previous experience required.

Musicianship for Mastery

  • Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00-3:45 pm
  • Grades 6-12

Interested in growing your skills in music theory? Hoping to improve intonation on your instrument? Musicianship for Mastery is designed to teach students the theory behind the practice. Our expert teaching artists will focus on music theory, aural training, audition preparation, and more. This course is fantastic for students wanting to take their playing to the next step.

No instrument required.

Songwriting Workshop

  • 4 Weeks Only: June 16 to July 9
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Grades 6 – 12

El Sistema Colorado will host a fun and interactive online course. Led by Denver-based teacher and jazz musician Richard Clarke, students learn how to make music using technology and Latin American jazz traditions.

No instrument required.

Conducting Workshop

  • One Week Only: June 22 – 25
  • Monday through Friday 10:00-11:30 am
  • Grades 6 – 12

Have you ever wanted to learn to conduct an orchestra? Join us for a five-day online workshop where students learn basic conducting techniques, conducting gestures, score study, and rehearsal dynamics. This workshop culminates in a final recording of each student conducting an ensemble.

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra’s Associate Conductor, Taylor Gonzales, leads students through this interactive course.

Previous musical experience is required.

Fall Programming


Details regarding El Sistema Colorado’s fall programming will be announced in July 2020. Changes are possible due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

El Sistema Colorado’s ensembles evolve to keep up with developing musicians from Kindergarten to 12th grade. 

Explorers introduces children to music and learning an instrument.

Crescendo advances children to grow their skills as part of a larger ensemble.

Cadenza is the final flourish with more advanced middle and high school musicians.