Music Teacher, La Red de Escuelas de Música de Medellín
Rebecca Levi is a music educator from New York City. She studied classical music from an early age, playing piano and flute in the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Yale University. After college, she lived in Urubamba, Peru for two years, working and teaching in a home for children at risk. In 2009, she was chosen as a member of the inaugural class of the Sistema Fellows Program.
In 2010, she and David Malek ’10 founded El Sistema at Conservatory Lab Charter School, an intensive in-school music program in a K-8 public charter school in Boston, in which all 400 students play music 2.5 hours per day. In addition to her work as program director from 2010-2013, Rebecca also taught early childhood music and beginner string orchestra and wrote a curriculum for the Paper Orchestra, inspired in Venezuela and developed in Boston. Rebecca has led teacher training workshops in Venezuela, Colombia and the U.S., and has presented at various conferences, such as ASTA and TED. In 2013, she was named a Distinguished Music Educator by Yale University.
Rebecca currently lives in Medellín, Colombia, where she teaches over 200 students at La Red de Escuelas de Música, an El Sistema-inspired program. She also leads teacher-training workshops with organizations across Colombia. As a performer, she sings and plays with various groups including the Medellín Philharmonic and her own band, De Barro.