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Master of Arts in Teaching to be offered in Juneau

Fri, 2015-02-20 22:56
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 20:00
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 16:00
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 20:34
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 16:15
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 16:05
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 09:40
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

The Ensemble, February edition

Fri, 2015-01-30 12:52
The February 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

DC Youth Orchestra Promo Video

Fri, 2015-01-30 12:39
The Executive Director of the DC Youth Orchestra Program is Liz Schurgin, Sistema Fellow '11. Sistema Fellows Program

Plus/Delta

Fri, 2015-01-30 12:34
Shift:Englewood students discussed what they liked (plus) and what they would change (delta) after their field trip to Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP) concert, featuring ChiMOP students and Civic Orchestra of Chicago fellows. Ayriole Frost, Sistema Fellow '14 Sistema Fellows Program

Fellows in Philadelphia

Tue, 2015-01-13 21:16
Eleven Fellows, representing all five classes, participated in the El Sistema Symposium last weekend at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Sistema Fellows Program

Take A Stand's new national initiative

Mon, 2015-01-12 15:31
The National Take a Stand Festival is a three-year project that will begin in 2015 with a teacher training and pilot program, followed by the formation of regional youth orchestra camps in 2016, culminating in a 7-day national youth orchestra camp in 2017, featuring a final performance led by LA... Sistema Fellows Program

Marianne Diaz on Communities in Crisis

Mon, 2015-01-05 11:26
"I'm not the expert on people's lives. I might be an expert at listening and I might be an expert at inviting, but I don't know anyone's life..." So begins a compelling presentation by therapist Marianne Diaz at Take A Stand, a national convening of the El Sistema-inspired field, in... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, January edition

Mon, 2015-01-05 11:16
The January 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

Cultivating Cohesion

Mon, 2014-12-15 10:22
This process of developing and articulating a new practice, one well-founded in scientific research, was never a theoretical exercise for me, but part of my own desire to resolve for myself the paradox of the orchestra as agent of social change vs. orchestra as the most anti-social mode of cultural... Sistema Fellows Program

MA Cultural Council funding

Tue, 2014-12-09 18:04
The Massachusetts Cultural has announced a new statewide iniative to support intensive, ensemble-based music education programs inspired by El Sistema. According to the MCC's website, "SerHacer (To be, To make) is focused on supporting the growing number of intensive, ensemble-based music programs that enable music as a vehicle for youth... Sistema Fellows Program

Profiles in Courage

Tue, 2014-12-09 17:50
Stanford Thompson '10 was named one of thirty Professionals of the Year by Musical America, honoring individuals in the performing arts who have “taken a risk, stepped up for the cause, spoken out where others were silent—all to the measurable benefit of their respective organizations and/or the field.” Read the... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, December edition

Tue, 2014-12-09 17:22
The December 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

Recent Updates from Sistema Global Research

Wed, 2014-12-03 17:48
Sistema Global Research is excited to announce that Oxford University Press has given us permission to host the opening pages to the recently published book El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela's Youth by ethnomusicologist Geoffrey Baker. On our recent scholarship page, please also find an author statement to the Sistema Global community.... Sistema Fellows Program

Preparing for Geoff Baker's book

Mon, 2014-11-24 16:16
Jonathan Govias '10 has written a measured response to the recent anxiety in the El Sistema-inspired field caused by the upcoming release of Geoffrey Baker's research into El Sistema in Venezuela. Here is an excerpt: "Humans have a tendency to embrace information that reinforces previously determined viewpoints. This is called... Sistema Fellows Program

MUSICIANS OWN MUSIC BECAUSE MUSIC OWNS THEM. VIRGIL THOMSON