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Dantes Rameau profile

Sat, 2014-03-22 21:44
Rameau is a member of the inaugural class of Sistema Fellows at the New England Conservatory. As a Sistema Fellow he spent one year studying non-profit music education program management and it was during the program that he conceived and co-founded the Atlanta Music Project in 2010. His time with... Sistema Fellows Program

Spring residency destinations

Tue, 2014-03-18 17:07
A partial listing of the spring residencies that have commenced this week: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Juneau, London, Nashville, Newcastle, New York City, Nottingham, San Francisco, Trujillo, Ventura, and Washington DC. Sistema Fellows Program

Uno en Musica (One in Music)

Tue, 2014-03-18 16:52
I invite you to visit my new multimedia blog chronicling my experience as a Sistema Fellow at the New England Conservatory. Be sure to visit the early posts for great video and photos from our magnificent residency in Venezuela, and to look for upcoming posts from my spring residency at... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, March edition

Tue, 2014-03-18 16:45
The March edition of Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth's publication chronicling the emerging field of El Sistema-inspired activity in the US and beyond, including short contributions by eight current Sistema Fellows, is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

Arlene Goldbard at Harvard

Tue, 2014-03-18 16:37
On March 6, the Sistema Fellows Program co-presented writer and social activist Arlene Goldbard at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. She led an afternoon workshop on the ethics and values of participatory arts practice, and she gave a public talk about her recently published book, The Culture of Possibility: Art,... Sistema Fellows Program

Waterbury Symphony seminario

Mon, 2014-03-17 11:41
Sistema Fellows Megan Moran, Tatjana Merzyn, and Hana Morford recently participated in a four-day seminario with the Waterbury Symphony's Bravo Program and the Baltimore Symphony's OrchKids program. We worked collaboratively with students and teachers from both iniatives to put together pieces featuring a string ensemble, wind and brass ensemble, bucket... Sistema Fellows Program

Take A Stand takeaways, part 5

Sun, 2014-03-02 17:08
The 2014 “Take a Stand” El Sistema symposium brought together activists from the United States and beyond. As people from many cultures convened to discuss their programs and practice, one central theme emerged: the idea of using positivity and joy to reframe work in the field as both teachers and... Sistema Fellows Program

Take A Stand takeaways, part 4

Wed, 2014-02-26 11:20
As a classically trained musician, I was taught a recipe—play the right notes and watch the conductor. I was not encouraged to experiment, improvise, or find my own creative voice; even in solo work, I was interpreting the music within strict parameters. As such, during Robert Duke’s presentation on tapping... Sistema Fellows Program

Take A Stand takeaways, part 3

Wed, 2014-02-26 11:07
Luis von Ahn had a question: Was it possible to get 100 million people to translate the web into every major language, for free? A disproportionately large amount of information on the Internet is in English. Von Ahn wondered how he could harness the power of massive online collaboration and... Sistema Fellows Program

Take A Stand takeaways, part 2

Wed, 2014-02-26 11:03
The Take A Stand conference led me to think about how El Sistema-inspired programs can foster opportunities for collaborative creative projects that deal with social issues. Guy Raz started off the symposium by reminding us of artistic works that were catalysts for, or highlighted, a change in society (e.g. Picasso's... Sistema Fellows Program

Take A Stand takeaways, part 1

Wed, 2014-02-26 10:52
As I flew back to Boston from Los Angeles following the Take A Stand conference, I was struck by the diversity of landscape of the United States outside my window. The cultures and communities that lie within, and how music is woven in to that fabric. In his session entitled... Sistema Fellows Program

Perspectives on El Sistema

Tue, 2014-02-25 12:02
Perspectives on El Sistema has been prepared by the 2014 Class of Sistema Fellows at New England Conservatory following our month-long residency in Venezuela in November-December 2013. It has been specifically written in response to a request from Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu for the Sistema Fellows Program to provide El... Sistema Fellows Program

ICAN visit

Tue, 2014-02-25 11:53
Photos by Eriel Huang Enjoying one additional day in the Southern California sunshine, the Sistema Fellows traveled up the coast to Santa Barbara on Sunday to visit the Incredible Children's Art Network, where Xochitl Tafoya (Sistema Fellow '13) is the Director of ICAN's three-year-old El Sistema-inspired Music Program. Sistema Fellows Program

Sistema Fellows in LA, Part 2

Tue, 2014-02-25 11:41
Thirty of the fifty Sistema Fellows were in LA last week, and we took advantage of the opportunity to gather for a reunion dinner following the conclusion of the Take A Stand conference. Sistema Fellows Program

Say Yes to Assess: A Starting Point for Assessment

Thu, 2014-02-20 11:06
Andrea Landin and Elaine Sandoval, Sistema Fellows '13, hosted a discussion of evaluation and assessment at Take A Stand on Friday, February 21. Here is the handout supporting their presentation, and click here for Say Yes to Assess, the paper that the Sistema Fellows Program shared with the field in... Sistema Fellows Program

Sistema Fellows in LA

Thu, 2014-02-20 10:58
Sistema Fellows and Longy/Bard MAT students gathered for dinner and disucssion on Wednesday evening as a prelude to this week's Take A Stand symposium in Los Angeles. Sistema Fellows Program

Trickle-down effect

Thu, 2014-02-06 15:24
As a music educator and administrator, one of the strongest impressions I took away from the experience in Venezuela was the trickle-down effect. From the top down (or perhaps ground up?), to have faith and dedication in the mission while prioritizing the student in every decision. To trust in the... Sistema Fellows Program

A virtual monthly happy hour

Thu, 2014-02-06 15:15
Excerpted from "If On a Winter's Night, A Traveler": It’s been a very long time since I actively blogged. Now that I’m running Community & Education programs for Orchestra of St. Luke's, the last thing I feel like doing after a long day’s work is sitting at the computer and... Sistema Fellows Program

Coming home

Thu, 2014-02-06 15:01
I have been deeply blessed with two of life’s greatest joys: traveling and the sharing of music. The adventuring to unexplored places, encountering culture, meeting people, exchanging stories, sharing meals and passing time together: the humble gift of being human. My trip to Venezuela has not been one of earth-shattering,... Sistema Fellows Program

One more Venezuela photo

Thu, 2014-02-06 14:59
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SOMETIMES IT'S TO YOUR ADVANTAGE FOR PEOPLE TO THINK YOU'RE CRAZY. THELONIOUS MONK