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Incorporating the Orff Approach?

Mon, 2016-05-02 14:15
Last summer I participated at the International Orff Course “The Singing Garden” in Pilsen, Czech Republic with the generous support of the Sistema Fellowship Resource Center. Why Orff? At the Take a Stand conference in Los Angeles in 2014, I was very impressed by the performance of Youth Orchestra of... Sistema Fellows Program

Reflection on Reframing El Sistema

Tue, 2016-04-26 16:32
The recent Reframing El Sistema conference in Baltimore featured a rich program of both scholars and practitioners discussing the potential directions in which El Sistema-inspired work is or might be heading. As someone who has been actively involved in a variety of El Sistema convenings over the past several years... Sistema Fellows Program

Knowing your community

Tue, 2016-04-26 14:04
The Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Awareness conference in Chicago left me with awe. True awe, the jaw-dropping, mind-blowing "wow," so bear with me as I struggle to articulate the experience into a blog entry. First off to hear words like "evaluation" and "holographic" in the same sentence was certainly a... Sistema Fellows Program

Music and Universal Design for Learning

Mon, 2016-04-25 21:23
After four years of teaching elementary music, I still felt unsatisfied by my lack of knowledge in music and special education, my two areas of interest and passion. During my Sistema fellowship year, I spent the vast majority of my time exploring and questioning “inclusion.” What does inclusion mean? What... Sistema Fellows Program

Reframing "Expertise"

Mon, 2016-04-25 21:09
The recent Reframing El Sistema Conference at the University of Maryland Baltimore County aimed to connect “the evolving practice and research of social impact through music.” The conversation on Friday, April 8th (the only day I was able to attend) at first lent itself to the field’s most enduring questions... Sistema Fellows Program

Modeling the Artist part of Teaching Artist

Mon, 2016-04-25 20:51
This spring I had the opportunity to arrange and perform John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil together with our resident performing ensemble at Community MusicWorks. I had wanted to play The Protecting Veil ever since I first heard a recording of the piece as a college student and was drawn in... Sistema Fellows Program

Universal Design for Learning

Sun, 2016-04-17 22:19
After four years of teaching elementary music, I still felt unsatisfied by my lack of knowledge in music and special education, my two areas of interest and passion. During the Sistema fellowship, I spent the vast majority of my time exploring and questioning “inclusion.” What does inclusion mean? What does... Sistema Fellows Program

Arts Education Learning Exchange reflection

Fri, 2016-04-15 22:42
Many El Sistema-inspired initiatives in the U.S have moved out of start-up mode and have begun asking deeper, more complex questions. We are asking these questions in our respective cities and as a field. "How can we increase the amount of students we serve, enhance quality, and become financially stable... Sistema Fellows Program

Three kinds of arts learning experiences

Mon, 2016-03-28 16:13
The group that convened at the Arts Learning Exchange in San Diego came from diverse backgrounds and organizations--from school districts, to city arts councils, to El Sistema-inspired programs, to a variety of arts education nonprofits. It was refreshing to broaden our perspectives of the larger world of education and arts... Sistema Fellows Program

AMP's guest conductor

Mon, 2016-03-28 10:44
On March 12, Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada, Sistema Tulsa director and Sistema Fellow '12, was the guest conductor for the Atlanta Music Project's winter concert. (Photos by Anthony Alston, Jr.) Sistema Fellows Program

Harmony Project Phoenix in action

Mon, 2016-03-28 10:34
Photos courtesy of Diogo Pereira, Harmony Project Phoenix Program Director and Sistema Fellow '13 Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, March edition

Mon, 2016-03-28 10:27
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 is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

YAMA featured on PBS Newshour

Mon, 2016-03-28 10:18
The curtain almost fell for YAMA in 2015 when the grant that provided much of its funding ran out. The Yakima Symphony Orchestra stepped in and saved it temporarily. [Founder Stephanie Hsu, Sistema Fellow '12] said she wants to keep YAMA going as a freestanding nonprofit — not because she... Sistema Fellows Program

Service residency reflection

Sun, 2016-02-21 22:27
Throughout these experiences I largely took a backseat – quite literally at times, in the rear of the ensembles plunking away on piano or trying desperately to regain my long-abandoned horn playing technique in a section of musicians half my height but twice my competence on the instrument. But from... Sistema Fellows Program

Reunion video message #2

Thu, 2016-02-11 16:27
Video: Reunion video message #2 (14 MB) Sistema Fellows Program

Reunion video message #1

Thu, 2016-02-11 16:06
Video: Message to Sistema Fellows (43 MB) Sistema Fellows Program

Looking to the future

Fri, 2016-02-05 14:59
While much of the rest of the East Coast was busy shoveling out from the major snowstorm, twenty Sistema Fellows reunited for a weekend in Boston last month. This was an opportunity for us, all alumni of New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows Program, to share our individual experiences since the... Sistema Fellows Program

El Sistema for Choruses

Sat, 2016-01-30 22:29
The qualities central to the El Sistema way—including working in underserved communities, intense focus, high expectations, and joyful learning—are also key aspects of many children and youth choral programs that do not identify as "El Sistema-inspired"… But Grogan and other founders say that El Sistema-inspired choral programs are different in... Sistema Fellows Program

El Sistema: Music for Social Change

Sat, 2016-01-30 22:19
"This collection of essays, edited by Christine Witkowski [Sistema Fellow '10], offers practical information for those seeking knowledge, inspiration or guidance for adapting El Sistema to widely diverse settings, particularly within the USA. This book explores the voices and experiences of teachers, leaders, parents, and experts from related fields with... Sistema Fellows Program

Kidznotes 2015 annual report

Sat, 2016-01-30 22:10
"Since 2009, enrollment has grown dramatically from 60 to 330 children who participate, and next year we are poised to take Kidznotes [founded by Katie Wyatt, Sistema Fellow '10] to the next level. In the 2016-17 school year our goal is to serve 500 kids, expanding our enrollment by 200... Sistema Fellows Program