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So What Exactly Is El Sistema, And Is Its Effectiveness Over-Hyped?

The music-training program that started in Venezuela and now has many versions operating all over the world, has gathered passionate adherents. But its effectiveness is difficult to judge and many of its claims are unsubstantiated.
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