Gizmos for Strings

Sometimes there is a simple little solution to a consistent teaching problem.  Gizmos for Strings is a simple website that shares a lot of those creative solutions to problems you probably face when teaching strings.  Maybe there are gizmos that would...
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Saying “Cheese” to Improve Learning

Do you smile enough when you are teaching?  Gustavo Dudamel has said one of the core principles of Sistema teaching is to never forget fun.  Are you having fun when you teach, and do you show it to your students? ...
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The Importance of Social and Emotional Learning

Sistema programs dedicate themselves to the “socio-emotional development” of young people, through intensive musical learning.  A new special issue of the journal The Future of Children (from The Wallace Foundation’s Knowledge Center) examines social and emotional learning both in school and after-school settings,...
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Executive Functions and Sistema, Continued

In the last issue of The World Ensemble, Adele Diamond’s article on the importance of developing Executive Function in Sistema programs prompted significant response.  Here is further research that concludes that music education does indeed develop executive function (a crucial skill...
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Join the SIMM-posia!

The first Social Impact of Music Making Research Seminar will be held 5-9 November in Helsinki, Finland at the Sibelius Academy Training Center.  This seminar allows post graduate students and early-career researchers involved in ongoing research on the possible role of...
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Help Us Build the WE Virtual Library!

What is your favorite Sistema / Teaching / Music Book?  We all have that one (or two or three) book(s) that changed our lives as educators, program managers, musicians, or parents.  The WE Team would love to generate a list of...
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New MIT Research Supports Music Education

Research sometimes affirms (finally!) something you always knew was true.  So it is no surprise (but nice to have research confirmation) that a study from MIT affirms that early musical training in kindergartners does indeed boost their language-learning skills, particularly...
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Promoting Prosocial Behaviors

Many Sistema-inspired programs weave service into the life of their nucleos.  Students are expected to help others and assume the responsibility to serve the musical needs of fellow students (and sometimes their social needs, too).  A student in Music for...
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Cultivating Curiosity

New research supports our consistent focus on building curiosity in learners. Curiosity can help overcome disadvantages – it can be a crucial element in bridging the achievement gap, which is so hard to ameliorate using more administrative tools.  Curiosity is one of...
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The Busiest Spot on the Sistema Globe

We just passed the darkest part of the Sistema world year in the Southern Hemisphere and the lightest part of the year in the North—do you know what the BUSIEST place in the Sistema world is all year long?  It’s...
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