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Touring Boston's El Sistema-inspired programs

Thu, 2015-04-16 10:26
The first stop on my Boston Sistema tour was Sistema Somerville. I was very excited to visit because the director, Diane Cline, had volunteered at MYCincinnati during our first year, right before she moved to Boston. The first thing that jumped out at me was the hard work of her... Sistema Fellows Program

Innovation Grants awarded to Sistema Fellows

Tue, 2015-04-07 15:07
During the first year of the Sistema Fellowship Resource Center, I am pleased to announce that the following Innovation Grants (matching funds for projects that advance personal knowledge while also building capacity in the field) have been awarded to alumni of the Sistema Fellows Program: Clara Yang ‘14: Support for... Sistema Fellows Program

Chapters

Fri, 2015-04-03 16:14
What do you think of when you hear the word “chapters”? Some people might imagine parts of a book, or parts of a life. Maybe you think of different groups that are part of a larger whole, like a chapter of a fraternity or other professional organization. These are just... Sistema Fellows Program

MYCincinnati's Ambassador Ensemble

Wed, 2015-04-01 23:03
The Ambassador Ensemble is a sextet of young Price Hill musicians led by MYCincinnati (founded by Laura Jekel, Sistema Fellow '11) Assistant Director and Cincinnati Art Ambassador Fellow Eddy Kwon. Throughout the school year, this group has been engaging in weekly critical discussions around identity, social justice, power, and the... Sistema Fellows Program

Side-by-Side concert report

Wed, 2015-04-01 22:58
On Friday, March 20, I traveled to Boston to observe the Longy Sistema Side-by-Side concert and to speak with teachers and program directors who were involved in the collaboration. My biggest takeaway was how great the orchestra sounded. Comprised of students from several Sistema-inspired programs in the Boston area, the... Sistema Fellows Program

Andrea Landin podcast

Wed, 2015-04-01 22:49
Elaine Sandoval, Sistema Fellow '13, has helped to launch Sistema Global Research, including a series of interviews with El Sistema-inspired practitioners. The third podcast in this series, featuring Elaine's interview of Andrea Landin, Sistema Fellow '13, is now live on the Sistema Global website. Here is an excerpt from the... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, April edition

Wed, 2015-04-01 22:36
The April 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

"Hot topics" with Eric Booth

Thu, 2015-03-19 16:10
In mid-February, Sistema Fellows Program faculty member Eric Booth hosted a conversation on Google Hangouts, joined by Eriel Huang '14, Tatjana Merzyn '14, Megan Moran '14, Liz Schurgin '11, and Xochitl Tafoya '13. The wide-ranging conversation began with Eric describing his recent experiences visiting El Sistema-inspired programming in twenty-five countries... Sistema Fellows Program

A new definition for El Sistema in Venezuela

Mon, 2015-03-02 13:45
Today I débuted a new definition of Sistema. I’m sure it angered some of those in attendance by excluding many of the emotionally-laden trappings, if not misconceptions, about the program in Venezuela, but it shouldn’t have, really. Once you look at El Sistema for what it is – what its... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, March edition

Mon, 2015-03-02 13:28
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 turns two

Mon, 2015-03-02 13:24
As our beloved Yakima Music en Acción (YAMA) turned two in the last month, I found that trying to understand YAMA as a two-year-old child has actually been quite illuminating and helpful, as we at YAMA continue to celebrate our successes, asses who we are becoming, and strive to continue... Sistema Fellows Program

Andrea Profili at MYCincinnati

Mon, 2015-03-02 13:13
For one week in February we had a guest teaching artist at MYCincinnati. Andrea Profili is a Sistema Fellows Program alumna and currently works, teaches, and trains teaching artists at El Sistema-inspired programs in the New York City area, including WHIN Music Project. Andrea worked with our students and teachers... Sistema Fellows Program

Sistema Global Research: Geoff Baker interview

Mon, 2015-03-02 13:00
"As far as I’m concerned, if you believe in social justice, then you believe in gender equality. If you believe in gender equality, then you have to put up your hand and say, El Sistema is a patriarchy, and you get more social action for your music if you’re male."... Sistema Fellows Program

Master of Arts in Teaching to be offered in Juneau

Fri, 2015-02-20 23:56
In partnership with Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM) and the Juneau Symphony (JS), the University of Alaska Southeast proudly announces its one-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Music K-12 certification program to reflect the changing role of today’s music teacher. As part of the course requirements, MAT students will... Sistema Fellows Program

Aubree's residency in Peru

Thu, 2015-02-19 21:00
I was recently awarded an Innovation Grant from the Sistema Fellowship Resource Center to observe and document the programs of Arpegio Perú through a three-week residency. Tatjana Merzyn, Sistema Fellow ’14, is the Director of Programs at Arpegio and leads an impressive Sistema-inspired music education initiative serving over 400 Peruvian... Sistema Fellows Program

PD workshop series underway

Thu, 2015-02-19 17:00
On Wednesday afternoon, nine Fellows spent an hour on a conference call with Sistema Fellows Program faculty member Greg Kandel. Two Fellows presented real life strategy challenges for Greg's feedback, and received additional suggestions from their colleagues on the call. This activity is part of a series of professional development... Sistema Fellows Program

Sistema Global Research's first podcast

Mon, 2015-02-16 21:34
Elaine Sandoval, Sistema Fellow '13, has helped to launch Sistema Global Research, including a series of podcasts in response to Geoff Baker's recent book criticizing El Sistema in Venezuela. The first podcast, featuring Elaine's interview of Emily Kubitskey, a YOLA wind ensemble director, is now live on the Sistema Global... Sistema Fellows Program

In Progress: WHIN Music Community School

Mon, 2015-02-16 17:15
In progress: a music-centered El Sistema-inspired elementary school in Northern Manhattan. Ever since he visited the Conservatory Lab Charter School during his year at NEC, David Gracia (Sistema Fellow '11) has been inspired by the vision of a school with music at its core. That vision may come to life... Sistema Fellows Program

Social Enterprise

Mon, 2015-02-16 17:05
When I first heard about the Social Enterprise Conference at the Harvard Business School, I was first curious to know the social enterprise sector, and, to be quite honest, to get a bit educated on what exactly this Social Enterprise thing is about. I wanted to see where my work... Sistema Fellows Program

Harmony Project Phoenix

Fri, 2015-02-13 10:40
Congratulations to Diogo Pereira, Sistema Fellow '13, founding program director of a new venture in Arizona: Harmony Project Phoenix. According to its new website, "Harmony Project is a research-based multi-year mentoring program for low-income youth that uses music as a means of positive development and social inclusion. Tanner Community Development... Sistema Fellows Program

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