|Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music|
The Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music (SBCM) was founded in 1975, and operates under a different concept than the Venezuelan traditional conservatories: the collective practice of music is an essential part of its teaching program.
Created for the purpose of advancing the academic education of El Sistema's members, over 150,000 youngsters have studied at this conservatory and have obtained a diploma in music performance, recognized by the Venezuelan Ministry of Education.
This conservatory has 36 well-equipped classrooms where 96 professors teach courses in musical instruments, Music theory; Texture (counterpoint and harmony), Music history, Aesthetics, Chamber music, Orchestral practice, Singing, Venezuelan music, and Supplementary piano. Besides the classrooms, the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music has the Iván Adler Concert Hall, a multifunctional space with an audience capacity of 150. Concert seasons, solo performances and magisterial classes are held there.
As part of its purpose of advancing the academic education of El Sistema's members, the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music is developing the Music Regional Education Plan which is aimed at creating academic centers in the Núcleos of El Sistema located throughout the country.
The Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music is home to the Caracas Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Band, and the Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz.
Address: Callejón Sanabria con Av. El Ejército. No. 5-03. El Paraíso, Caracas.