Cultivating Creativity – A free e-book Resource!

In Sistema programs around the world there is increasing attention to developing creativity in our young people.  We recognize that developing compliant musical technicians does not accomplish the goals of El Sistema; we must nurture the bold creative spirits of...
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Research on Learning

In 2000, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released “How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School.”  The private nonprofit organization has been surprised by the way educators have embraced its findings, and recognizes that for the last 18 years...
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Finding Relevant Research—A Partial Answer

Around the world, we hear that Sistema advocates have trouble finding research about music learning to inform their thinking and advocacy.  In addition to the many articles found at The World Ensemble, There is one source that is widely recognized...
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Why Sistema Helps Students Improve In Math

Recent research affirms that Sistema-inspired programs in the U.S. help students develop what is called “executive function,” a set of skills that enables a learner to manage her learning more effectively. Now, new research from Penn State University finds that...
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Getting Smarter about Praising Students

Growth mindset. The psychological research on its importance makes it a priority for all Sistema programs to understand and pursue.  But conservatory teaching is often the opposite of growth mindset practices, so conservatory-trained Sistema teachers have the challenge of teaching...
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“Kernels” of Social-Emotional Learning

The Wallace Foundation commissioned a series of analytic papers that draw on their major report, Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out, which examines the 25 most widely-used Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs. In the United States and other countries,...
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Sistema as Antidote to Urban Loneliness

A study from the English Office for National Statistics finds that children and youth who live in cities are four times more likely than young people in towns or rural areas to feel lonely often — 19.5 percent compared to...
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Teaching “Grit” Along with Grace Notes

Since our Sistema movement does not have much new research about the effectiveness of our programs, we must often look toward other fields to borrow insights that illuminate our work.  New research published in the British Journal of Political Science...
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Check Out The Musician’s Way Blog

The Musician’s Way blog by Gerald Klickstein carries a range of useful ideas for careers and teaching. He wrote two recent articles that you might find useful: 1. The Five Main Types of Performance Errors and How to Handle Them Mental Lapses....
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