First academic review of “El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela’s Youth”

[26/2/15] The first academic review of my book (to my knowledge) has just appeared. It’s written by Dr Jonathan Savage, who is a Reader in Education at the Institute of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University.

It concludes:

“Baker’s book is a bold and insightful exploration of El Sistema. The El Sistema lobby is powerful throughout the world and will not take kindly to his thesis. However, his words need to be heard and acted on seriously and conscientiously by policy makers. Baker’s book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in arts and music education, policy and practice. It is uncomfortable reading. But the clarity of his historical, political, cultural and pedagogical analysis is insightful throughout. I highly recommend it to you.”