“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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Letting Go of Control

In ASCD’s publication Education Update, author and longtime educator Nancy Steineke offers seven simple guidelines for effective classroom management. This is a key concern of new Sistema teachers (of ALL teachers, really), and the common-sense reminders in her article “Letting...
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How do you assess quality in your program?

How do we think about quality in our Sistema-inspired programs, in any arts learning programs?  How do we evaluate it?  These questions and many more lay at the heart of a two year study by Ingenuity in Chicago.  Ingenuity is...
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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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