Developing Identity through Creativity

Exploring El Sistema - 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

Exploring El Sistema - 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

Exploring El Sistema - 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

Exploring El Sistema - 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


Exploring El Sistema - 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


NEC Blog - Thu, 2015-10-15 08:27


Jazz orchestra rehearsal for tomorrow night’s Sinatra...

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-10-14 11:30

Jazz orchestra rehearsal for tomorrow night’s Sinatra celebration in Jordan Hall!

Wednesday morning soundtrack

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-10-14 07:30

Wednesday morning soundtrack

Sistema Tulsa teaches lessons beyond music

Jose-Luis Estrada - Mon, 2015-10-12 14:44


By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

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The purpose of El Sistema, Hernandez-Estrada said, “is to use music, to use our culture, as the vehicle to raise up a new generation of achievers and give them the tools they need to succeed. “All instruction is done in ensembles, and we meet five days a week, so the instruction is intensive,” Hernandez-Estrada said. “The idea is to develop a sense of discipline and focus, as well as the ability to work accurately and to work well with others.

Today in Frank Sinatra​ Land: “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” was...

NEC Blog - Sat, 2015-10-10 19:00

Today in Frank Sinatra​ Land: “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” was arranged by Nelson Riddle​ for one of Sinatra’s first recording sessions for Capitol Records​, on April 30, 1953. Riddle was hired to ghost-write in the style of Billy May. But Sinatra immediately noticed the distinctive approach taken in Riddle’s arrangement, asking “Hey, who wrote this?” after hearing it. It was the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship, contributing to many of Sinatra’s finest recordings

Did you know: Originally composed as an...

NEC Blog - Fri, 2015-10-09 18:30

Did you know: Originally composed as an instrumental, “Witchcraft” was released as a single in 1957 by Frank Sinatra, remaining on the Billboard top 40 for 14 weeks. In 1959, “Witchcraft” was nominated in the first ever Grammy awards for 6 awards including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Arrangement.


NEC Blog - Fri, 2015-10-09 07:30

More from our Sinatra playlist…

NEC Blog - Thu, 2015-10-08 21:00

More from our Sinatra playlist…

Hello Thursday.

NEC Blog - Thu, 2015-10-08 07:30

Hello Thursday.