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November 15: String Teachers Workshop

Tue, 2015-10-27 10:06
The Dare to Aspire workshop exists to inspire, support, and equip string teachers in the "Music for Social Change" movement around New England who have dedicated their lives to serving under-served youth. Giving them access to world class teacher trainers and opportunities for collaborative problem solving with regional colleagues we... Sistema Fellows Program

"Music just the beginning"

Tue, 2015-10-27 10:00
The student musicians of Yakima Music en Accion, the after-school program aimed at local at-risk kids, made the program’s director cry earlier this year. They were at a potluck lunch hosted by one of the program’s teachers and the YAMA kids were asked to write one-word answers to complete the... Sistema Fellows Program

Developing Identity through Creativity

Thu, 2015-10-15 12:51
On the wall next to my desk in my office, our mission statement is printed in bold letters on a large poster, making it impossible to ignore every time I walk in, stand up, or swivel my chair. I put it there on purpose, as a constant reminder of our... Sistema Fellows Program

Sistema Tulsa in the press

Thu, 2015-10-15 11:32
"Not to toot her own horn, but Syncere Brown is a good flute player. That’s what she told Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada [Sistema Fellow '12], director of Sistema Tulsa, when she ran up to him in the halls of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, where this music education program is conducted.... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, October edition

Thu, 2015-10-15 11:29
The October 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

Next generation voice

Thu, 2015-10-15 11:02
Lorrie Heagy's (Sistema Fellow '10) one-year Masters of Arts in Teaching program is underway in Juneau, Alaska. Here's a recent excerpt from the blog of one of the four participants in the inaugural class. It is exciting to see the learning being passed on to the next generation of El... Sistema Fellows Program


Thu, 2015-10-15 10:46
Welcome to this blog which documents the activities and continuing learning of the fifty alumni of NEC's Sistema Fellows Program! NEC's support of the Sistema Fellows continues through the Sistema Fellowship Resource Center, tasked with sustaining the cohort through promoting innovation and research projects, and providing professional development and networking... Sistema Fellows Program

SerHacer grants awarded

Thu, 2015-09-24 22:15
Congratulations to Julie Davis (Sistema Fellow '12), Avi Mehta (Sistema Fellow '12), and Graciela Briceno (Sistema Fellow '11) whose El Sistema-inspired programs are among 18 intensive ensemble-based music education programs across the state to be awarded three-year operating funding, instruments, and professional development opportunities by the Massachusetts Cultural Council! Learn... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, September edition

Thu, 2015-09-24 22:09
The September edition of Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth's publication chronicling the emerging field of El Sistema-inspired activity in the US and beyond, including an essay about student instruments by Avi Mehta (Sistema Fellow '12), is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

Striving to be better

Thu, 2015-09-24 22:05
It is absolutely invigorating to be in the room with 60 children completely immersed in performing a piece of music together – counting under their breath, listening and watching as if their life depended on it, eyes shining with pride when they hit their highest note without a squeak. Our... Sistema Fellows Program

More Innovation Grants Awarded

Thu, 2015-09-10 13:53
During the second 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: Lorrie Heagy '10: Support for... Sistema Fellows Program

Music For All: Austin Soundwaves

Fri, 2015-08-28 10:59
Click here to enjoy a short film about Austin Soundwaves and its director, Patrick Slevin (Sistema Fellow '12), featured on Arts In Context, a program of KLRU, Austin's public television station. Sistema Fellows Program

Atlanta Music Project's big surprise

Fri, 2015-08-28 10:38
A chance for the Atlanta Music Project to be recognized in the national spotlight! A special gift that would literally change the way we do business forever! An opportunity for our young artists to perform with a star! BUT – there is one catch…you can’t tell anyone until it happens!... Sistema Fellows Program

Bridge Boston featured on Latino USA

Wed, 2015-08-26 16:32
Julie Davis (Sistema Fellow '12) and her program based at Bridge Boston Charter School were featured in a recent piece about El Sistema on NPR's Latino USA. Sistema Fellows Program

Creative Music Making Abroad

Wed, 2015-08-26 16:29
I have been told by many that travel helps to inspire new ideas and ways of thinking, and even before this trip to London, I would have to agree. Being in a place that is not your home, seeing people and landscapes (even urban ones) that you don’t see every... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, August edition

Wed, 2015-08-26 10:37
The August edition of Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth's publication chronicling the emerging field of El Sistema-inspired activity in the US and beyond, including an essay about public funding by Katie Wyatt (Sistema Fellow '10)and an essay about collaborative composition by Clara Yang (Sistema Fellow '14), is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

Making aspects of the Sistema Fellows Program's curriculum accessible to local musicians

Mon, 2015-08-03 22:12
I am pleased to announce that, starting in September 2015, NEC will offer a brand new two-part course about designing community-based residencies through its School of Continuing Education. Building on curriculum developed specifically for the Sistema Fellows Program (2009-2014), the goal is to help local musicians, including NEC alumni and... Sistema Fellows Program

Collaboration & Creativity Laboratory Video

Tue, 2015-07-21 10:10
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Musical Service Residencies

Mon, 2015-07-20 09:37
"A few of my colleagues in the sector have voiced their growing concern over what might charitably be referred to as “Sistema Theatre.” You’ve probably seen the videos: giant massed orchestras, bright coloured shirts, exaggerated stage motion culminating in a strangely anti-social camera focus on hyperkinetic podium flailing. Spectacle has... Sistema Fellows Program

Collaboration & Creativity Laboratory

Mon, 2015-07-13 11:05
As a classically-trained pianist, I admit I’ve hesitated to teach the creative process to my students because of my lack of training and experience. I love to sight-read. Put any piece of music in front of me and I welcome the challenge. Yet when prodded to improvise, I feel like... Sistema Fellows Program