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Creative Ability Development Workshop

Sun, 2016-06-26 22:15
I was fortunate enough to recently attend the Creative Ability Development Workshop in Ventura, California, in large part due to Andrea Landin '13 (pictured below), Alice Kanack, and the New England Conservatory. So what is Creative Ability Development (CAD) and how is it useful in the El Sistema context? CAD... Sistema Fellows Program

El Sistema and Creative Placemaking

Thu, 2016-06-16 09:01
"Creative Placemaking" and "El Sistema" are relatively new terms referring to strategies for transforming communities and changing lives. These strategies have been in use for decades, but only in recent years have these two terms emerged to identify these established ways to address community and social issues. The Kresge Foundation... Sistema Fellows Program

Interactive technology and formative assessment tools

Wed, 2016-06-15 17:29
The intent of the Innovation Grant that I received from the Sistema Fellowship Resource Center last fall was to implement a peer-mentoring program and formative assessment tools that teach youth how to use online technology, including SmartMusic, and become more self-directed and confident. This grant also helped me grow in... Sistema Fellows Program

AMP finalist for national youth arts award

Wed, 2016-06-15 17:02
"The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and its cultural partners – the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services – are proud to recognize 50 outstanding programs all over the country for their work in... Sistema Fellows Program

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

I DON'T CARE MUCH ABOUT MUSIC. WHAT I LIKE IS SOUNDS. DIZZY GILLESPIE