The Montalbán Children’s Academic Center is one of the most innovative educational centers established by the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela.
The Montalbán Children’s Academic Center has been successfully developing music education programs for children for over a decade. The MCAC began its activities in 1998, under the direction of Susan Siman, violinist and former member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Maestro Andrés González is the current director of the center, which serves 1,200 youngsters aged 3 to 15, through its 60-member teaching staff.
The programs developed at the Montalbán Children’s Academic Center have been successfully implemented in many of the orchestral and choral núcleos of El Sistema. Among these programs is Musical kindergarten, a pilot pre-school project for children from 3 to 5 in which hearing, motor and rhythmic skills are helped to develop though passive games that will be of benefit to children when they eventually choose their instrument. From age 6 to 8, the students begin with a stringed instrument and, from age 8 to 10 —as students progress—, woodwinds and percussions are offered.
Once the youngsters complete their studies at the center, they receive a higher level of training at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music, the Latin American music academies or the Universidad Experimental de las Artes (National University of the Arts).
The Montalbán Children’s Academic Center is home to the Children’s Symphony Orchestra of Caracas and the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela.
Director: Jonathan Vera Address: Avenida José Antonio Páez con Calle 7, Urbanización Montalbán III, Caracas, Venezuela. Telephones: (58) 0212- 4714450 / 0212-4724378 / 0212-4727031