El Sistema
El Sistema
El Sistema
El Sistema
El Sistema

WE TEACH young students how to play violin, viola and cello!

Welcome to our nonprofit Greater Milwaukee El Sistema where we coach and mentor youth through music!  El Sistema was founded in Venezuela and its unique methods of teaching were brought here to create community through music in local schools in the greater Milwaukee area. Learn all about our affordable group music programs and how we transform the lives of children by introducing the joy of music into their daily lives. All are welcome!

Changing Young Lives With Music

Since its founding in 2011, Greater Milwaukee El Sistema (GMES) has served over 175 elementary school students in Waukesha. We are committed to providing safe, quality music education and opportunities to our students.

Our Mission

The mission of Greater Milwaukee El Sistema (GMES) is to participate in the global movement to create community connection through music. Named after the original “El Sistema” in Venezuela, GMES is inspired to transform the lives of students by providing them with skill-based music classes. Group based and community driven, classes strongly emphasize peer support and mentoring, as well as performance experience.


Help Support El Sistema

Everyone is invited to attend our annual Gala on March 22, 2018 at Tuscan Hall in Waukesha!  Good food, silent and live auctions, fellowship, live music and more!  See our invitation for more details.  Cannot attend?  Support El Sistema with an on line donation or send a check payable to GMES to:

Greater Milwaukee El Sistema
P.O. Box 2271

Waukesha, WI 53187-2271

Consider making a monthly or quarterly donation by clicking on Donate Now, or contact Kelly Schmitt at kmkdschnitt@hotmail.com to discuss a plan designed to fit your needs.  Sustaining monthly donations are convenient for you and most helpful to us!


Your donation of time, money, wish list items, or instruments is most welcome and appreciated. 
Thank you!



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