NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! Ready for take off from...

Preparatory School - Sun, 2016-07-03 06:41

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! Ready for take off from Berlin>Paris>Boston ! It has been an amazing trip! #necprepontour #necprep #germany #piano (at Berlin Tegel TXL International Airport)

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! Ready for take off from...

Preparatory School - Sun, 2016-07-03 06:40

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! Ready for take off from Berlin>Paris>Boston ! It has been an amazing trip! #necprepontour #necprep #germany #piano (at Berlin Tegel TXL International Airport)

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! Berlin Wall #necprepontour #necprep...

Preparatory School - Sun, 2016-07-03 00:50

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! Berlin Wall #necprepontour #necprep #piano #germany #berlin (at Berlin Wall)

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! Berlin Wall “no man’s...

Preparatory School - Sun, 2016-07-03 00:47

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! Berlin Wall “no man’s land” corridor. #necprepontour #necprep #piano #germany #berlin (at Berlin, Germany)

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! Final dinner of the tour together !...

Preparatory School - Sun, 2016-07-03 00:45

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! Final dinner of the tour together ! #necprepontour #necprep #piano #germany (at Berlin, Germany)

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! Happy Birthday Niklas!!! Go...

Preparatory School - Sun, 2016-07-03 00:29

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! Happy Birthday Niklas!!! Go Germany!!#necprepontour #necprep #berlin #piano #germany (at Berlin, Germany)

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! #necprepontour #necprep #germany...

Preparatory School - Sun, 2016-07-03 00:25

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016! #necprepontour #necprep #germany #piano #berlin (at Berlin, Germany)

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016 ! #necprepontour #necprep #germany...

Preparatory School - Sun, 2016-07-03 00:20

NEC Prep Piano Tour 2016 ! #necprepontour #necprep #germany #piano #berlin (at Berlin, Germany)

Sistema Tulsa Faculty to Hone Skills at Carnegie Hall 

Jose-Luis Estrada - Sat, 2016-07-02 01:42


Tulsa, OK – July 1, 2016 

Sistema Tulsa Faculty to Hone Skills at Carnegie Hall 

Music teachers selected to attend a Music Educator’s Workshop in New York City 

Sistema Tulsa music educators will travel to New York City and hone their skills as part of Carnegie Hall’s prestigious 2016 Music Educator’s Workshop. The Music Educators Workshop is a community of ensemble directors from around the country who come together to learn from each other and from top-notch guest faculty, to attend concerts at Carnegie Hall, and to explore their important role as purveyors of musicality and creativity. 

The music workshop will be focused on studying and choosing effective literature and repertoire to motivate students and awaken their artistic sensibilities. 

Four teachers, including Sistema Tulsa Director Jose Luis Hernandez, will be in residence learning at the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall from July 13-16. Hernandez said that this opportunity will bring the faculty closer together and provide them with skills that they can utilize in Sistema Tulsa rehearsals and in their own school contexts. Best of all, this opportunity is free of cost to them. “This is a win-win for our program and our schools, he said, “teachers will bring back new tools and knowledge that will benefit Sistema Tulsa students and many more throughout our local public school system.” 

Kelsey Rooney, a General Music teacher at Grissom Elementary and Lead Teacher for Sistema Tulsa said, “I hope to become a better teacher at this workshop so that I can continue to teach and inspire students to the best of my ability.” 

Teachers attending: Amy Clark (Chouteau Elementary), Lauren Harper (Holland Hall), Greg Dorst (private studio), Kelsey Rooney (Grissom Elementary) 


Creative Ability Development Workshop

Exploring El Sistema - 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

Exploring El Sistema - 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

Exploring El Sistema - 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

Exploring El Sistema - 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

SLPC progress

NEC Construction News - Thu, 2016-06-09 11:03

Exploring Colombia's Youth Music Initiatives

Avi Mehta's Blog - Sun, 2016-01-10 11:09
Prior to arriving in Colombia this past summer, I had numerous preconceived ideas of what to expect based on my previous trips to Venezuela. Given their proximity on the map, similar heritage, and testimonies by numerous visitors, I came away from my three-week trip realizing that Colombia was a country headed in a very different direction from its neighbor, both in their development of society and El Sistema.
            With tourism thriving and a rough history with drugs mostly in its past, each of the four cities I visited in Colombia were unique. I packed for weather ranging from 40—90 degrees as the changes in climate and landscape were as diverse as the Sistema-inspired programs I visited.  
My trip started in Medellin, a very large city bustling with traffic, mountainous views, perfect temperatures, and stunning properties. The youth instrumental programs in Medellin are run by an organization called La Red, which serves students in over 30 neighborhoods and schools throughout the city. Funded by the city government, the program serves both affluent and underserved areas—a unique concept in Medellin, where lots of effort has been placed on equalizing the playing field between residents with a varied levels of income. I was introduced to two schools in La Red by two of my former Boston colleagues, Rebecca Levi (Sistema Fellow ’10) and Claudia Garcia. When visiting the programs, we witnessed a less intense, but more creative approach to music making. Each program showcases a different type of ensemble, caters to all ages, and also provides instruction in music literacy. For instance, In Claudia’s nucleo, a theatre teacher taught a class on how to use their body’s to communicate and build trust within an ensemble. When visiting the wind ensemble in another part of the city, the ages of the students ranged from 12—22.
            After a quick vacation in the popular city of Cartagena, my next stop was Santa Marta, a warm, tropical, costal city on the Caribbean. Another former Boston colleague, Antonio Berdugo, hosted me as we spent our time hosting seminarios with students in Cajamag, a private organization that uses public funding to serve youth in the area. The music program is only a small branch of the organization, which leads to an insufficient quantity on resources, limiting their ability to grow artistically. This was a huge contrast to Venezuela’s national Sistema, which is able to offer more support and resources to their teachers, helping them  improve the musical level of their program. The students in Santa Marta, of course, were fantastic to work with and displayed enthusiasm and hospitality that made rehearsals in the intense heat totally enjoyable.
            The final leg of my trip was in Bogota, Colombia’s capital city situated at over 8,000ft, where the temperature stays in the 50’s year around. I had a wonderful time working with the musicians of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Batuta, the largest music for social change organization in the country. Given their flagship status, my first instinct was to compare their Metropolitan Youth Orchestra with the leading youth orchestras in Venezuela. However, given that the organization has branches in fewer cities, focuses more on fundamental musical training rather than orchestra training, and has been around for only just over 20 years, I realized that the leading “Sistema’s” in both countries are quite distinct. The lack of one governing organization throughout the country made it more difficult to achieve the standardized resources, which has led to so much artistic success in Venezuela. However, the more localized approach to building a Sistema in each city, rather than to form a national system has yielded some flexibility is allowing for each city to have numerous organizations create their own programs and customize their approach to each community.
            The difference in infrastructures in Colombia and Venezuela was certainly unexpected at first. While Venezuela has clearly invested much of its resources into developing a national system of youth orchestras that serves as many youth as possible, Colombia had a feel much closer to that of the United States and Europe--separate organizations created localized programs without much outside leadership. The clear commonality between the two South American countries was the children, who were eager, passionate, and relentless in their pursuit of music education, which instilled the joy that will motivate me to plan my next trip to South America soon. 
For a video containing photos, rehearsal footage, and student testimonies from my trip to Colombia, please see the video below!

Briefly on Senior Year

Penguin - Mon, 2015-11-02 16:58
by ELIZABETH WENDT 4th Year – BM Voice     Another year full of excitement is budding here at NEC. For me, this year is unlike any other…It’s my senior year! I honestly thought that this day would never come – that it would be forever before I would have to face the idea of moving […]

The NEC Team

Penguin - Mon, 2015-11-02 16:48
by ALEX STENING 2nd Year – MM French Horn     For those of you returning to Boston and NEC, welcome back! And for those who are starting their first year, welcome to the team! Last year, I remember sitting in Jordan Hall with the pipe organ towering above and being surrounded by a sea of students […]

Composers in the Kitchen

Penguin - Mon, 2015-11-02 16:40
By SARAH ATWOOD 2nd Year – MM Violin       Rumor has it that Niccolo Paganini was a virtuoso in the kitchen, as well as onstage. He has a famous ravioli recipe to prove it. Although Jean Sibelius did not compose during the latter part of his life, he did take the time to concoct […]