There is almost universal agreement on the value of music and the arts for the healthy social, cognitive, and physical development of children and youth. The El Sistema movement has emerged as a global movement that promotes the engagement of children and youth in community and school-based music-making experiences. El Sistema-inspired programs can be based within schools, churches, afterschool programs, or community centers and are designed to foster a collaborative learning environment. El Sistema programs always include an ensemble experience, along with individual and group lessons and community performances. El Sistema is not a replicable program or curriculum, but rather a set of inspiring ideas, and a movement to use ensemble music to enable every child to experience being an asset within her or his community
Although many accomplished musicians have started their journey in El Sistema-inspired programs, ECoSistema is about creating citizens and building communities through music.