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International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition

Thu, 2016-08-04 08:24
On July 5th, four students from UNC Charlotte performed, and I presented at a special session of the International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco. ICMPC accorded us an exceptional honor, providing airfares for the students (my participation was supported by NEC's Sistema Fellowship Resource Center) and... Sistema Fellows Program

The importance of having an artistic community

Mon, 2016-07-18 13:38
In academic medicine, the accepted pathway to success is to take a pretty traditional route—run a lab, teach medical students, and practice clinical medicine. Nobody tells you that this is the “accepted” pathway to “success,” but it’s pretty much understood. After all, culture is dictated by what is unsaid more... Sistema Fellows Program

Impact Without Burnout: Lessons Learned at the AFTA conference

Wed, 2016-07-06 20:45
As arts leaders, our roles often require us to go beyond the “9-to-5” workday. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see arts leaders working 12, 14, or even 16-hour days on a regular basis to get everything done. While it may seem necessary, the truth is that it’s not okay,... Sistema Fellows Program

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