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...

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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