March 23, 2014

“I don’t want this experience to end!” I uttered these words at least a half dozen times during the long car ride back from Baltimore to Boston following this year’s Creative Connections project. An intense week of rehearsals with the end goal of creating and performin...

March 22, 2014

Creative Connections brings together workshop leaders, students and community members to collaboratively compose and perform a new piece of music in one, intensive week.  A joint effort between the Guildhall School, Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, and t...

March 1, 2014

Following the Take a Stand Conference, the Sistema Fellows visited iCAN in Santa Barbara for an afternoon of music-making.  An El Sistema-inspired initiative at Franklin Elementary, iCAN's music Program Director is Xóchitl Ysabela Tafoya,  a former Sistema Fellow....

March 1, 2014

The 2014 “Take a Stand” symposium brought together activists from the United States and beyond. As people from many cultures convened to discuss their programs and practice, one central theme emerged: the idea of using positivity and joy to reframe work in the field as...

March 1, 2014

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Take A Stand Symposium in LA, hosted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Longy School of Music, and Bard College.  


One highlight of the conference was getting to meet 30 of the past Sistema Fellows who were also in atten...

February 7, 2014

I will admit that I went to Venezuela free of expectations, having only the simple desire to absorb as much as possible from El Sistema’s educators.  Indeed, the strings teacher in me took a keen interest in observing the pedagogy of this program – the approach to the...

February 6, 2014

I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Venezuela in November and December 2013 to teach in the music education program, El Sistema.  A robust initiative now reaching nearly 500,000 at-risk students, El Sistema uses music as a tool to engage and transform students a...

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