How Music Saved Venezuela's Children (B2/C1)

Before you watch

Look at the photos above and discuss the questions.

  • Do you play any musical instrument? How long have you played it for?
  • How did you start playing it?
  • What are the advantages of teaching children to play musical instruments? Are there any disadvantages?
  • What is the best age to learn an instrument?
  • Have you ever heard about the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra? If so, what do you know about it?

Reading & speaking

Cut these slips of papers on the different benefits of learning music and give out one to each student. They should read it and try to memorize the main idea.  Play a song and let them move around the class sharing what they've read with their classmates. Then, ask them to go back to their seats and take turn to say what benefits they remember.


Look at the mindmap below. What information do you expect to learn from the video?


A. Watch and make connections with the images and information in the mindmap. Then, share your findings with the class.


Focus on Language

Match up and provide examples related to the video

Group 1

Be made up                      AS one of the most exciting conductors in the world
Be credited                       AT everything
Live IN/ Fight                  a scheme
Keep kids                         IN CHARGE
Have a big effect              poverty
Be acclaimed                   WITH transforming the lives of a generation
Set                                    OFF the street/ AWAY from drugs & gangs
Turn the community        INTO artists
Get better                         OF kids from shantytown
BE                                    ON somebody

Group 2

An ambitious                   setting
Excluded                          results
An unlikely                      music
Amazing                           children
Classical                           scheme

Now, write a short summary of the video, using the collocations above.