“Music isnʼt music unless youʼre having fun.” — Elizabeth Vélez Urie

Elizabeth was inspired to create Inspirational Flute after watching a documentary on Venezuelaʼs El Sistema orchestral program. El Sistema is a system of Venezuelan orchestras that was created to help children regardless of their socio-economic status by offering them a rich, classical music education. The program has become a global model for success as many of the students lives have been transformed in ways that only music can effect.

Having grown up in a town without private music teachers, for many years Elizabeth did not have the resources to receive private music instruction. For much of her childhood, Elizabeth was a self-taught flutist. She understands the difficulty of not having access to good music education. Today more than one in five children in the United States live in poverty and funding for public music education programs continues to decline. Elizabeth believes everyone in the world should have access to quality music education regardless of geographic location or economic status.

The purpose of Inspirational Flute is to help provide this education through tutorials and online music classes to students throughout the world. Since the creation of Inspirational Flute, thousands of students from around the globe have benefitted from Elizabethʼs online tutorials on everything from how to play Bach to the Beatles as well as basic flute technique. But above all, Elizabeth reminds students everyday that "Music isnʼt music unless youʼre having fun."


"Sounds of America: Bagpipes, Banjos, and Beethoven."

7:30 p.m., Friday, October 14, 2011

California Center for the Arts, Escondido

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