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Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project Extends to Greece

Six years ago, Carnegie Hall started the Lullaby Project, pairing pregnant women and new mothers with professional artists to create personal lullabies for their babies. The project supports maternal health and child development, strengthening bonds between parents and children. In...
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Music Leadership Academy in Michigan next Summer

Next summer The Archipelago Project will host a Music Leadership Academy in Traverse City, Michigan from 18-28 July. The Academy is for students in grades 5-12 and will focus on musical/social leadership, improvisation, arranging, and creative composition. Students will perform almost...
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Singing Their Way into New Connections

In March 2016, choir students from Bay Area Music Project in Alameda, California had the opportunity to collaborate with young instrumental music students from Music Heals International in Port au Prince, Haiti. Teaching Artists from both programs chose two songs (“We’re Going To...
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BOOK: When Grit Isn’t Enough

Grit. It’s a word that has been discussed in education circles for several decades, most recently as a suggested solution for the education gap in the United States. But what if “grit” isn’t enough? Linda Nathan is the first Executive Director of...
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Emerging Leadership Training Programs

There is a new trend in the U.S. Sistema movement: for a couple of years there has been increasing discussion about developing student leadership skills, and this autumn three programs launched new Fellowship initiatives with that goal in mind: 1)...
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FEATURE: Very Young Composers, Around the World

Can the core musical endeavors of El Sistema be enhanced by introducing the art of music composition?  At the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers (VYC), we believe the answer is yes.  We feel that all music education is furthered by...
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Introducing the Take A Stand Festival Orchestra

In July of this year, the U.S. El Sistema-inspired movement celebrated its first national orchestra.  The Take A Stand Festival Orchestra, supported by the Take A Stand partnership (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bard College, and the Longy School of Music of...
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El Sistema Kenya & Let It Shine Host the YOA

In March 2017, El Sistema Kenya in Nairobi and Let It Shine Program in Arusha, Tanzania welcomed two representatives from Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ Global Leaders Program. Gabrielle Molina (clarinet) and Nathaly Ossa (violin) organized an instrument petting zoo...
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Batuta and Berklee Join Forces

Fundación Nacional Batuta has begun a collaboration with Berklee College of Music that will benefit young people and teachers throughout Colombia.  After a visit to Bogotá, Roger Brown, president of Berklee, voiced his support of a collaboration between Berklee and...
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Take A Stand Consortium in L.A.

In mid-July, the Take A Stand Consortium (Los Angeles Philharmonic and Longy School of Music and Bard College) gathered the first U.S. national Sistema Youth Orchestra of 100 students from 34 different programs.  The Festival included a three day national...
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