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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Apply Today! Sistema Sweden Academy in January

El Sistema Sweden will host its annual Sistema Sweden Academy on 26-28 January 2018 in Stockholm.  This intensive series of workshops for teachers and administrators from many countries will focus on leading Sistema-inspired orchestras and choruses; workshops will be led...
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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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French Horn: Create Your Best Sound

Rachel Hockenberry is a French Horn performer, music educator, and operator of the “Create Your Best Sound,” an educational YouTube Channel geared towards teaching beginners how to play the French horn. This resource is meant to be beneficial for students...
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How To Make a Paper String Instrument

Many Sistema programs worldwide make use of Paper Instruments. Some programs use them when real instruments are unavailable, while others use them as a step in the orchestral learning ladder for young children. One such program, Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program in...
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Video Tips for Students from Carnegie Hall!

The NYO-USA is America’s national youth orchestra, founded and led annually by Carnegie Hall.  They have now added NYO-U, an alumni-led/produced set of videos offering tips for young musicians from NYOs alums.  NYO-U is a collection of original mini–master classes...
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El Sistema: Music for Social Change

The new book “El Sistema: Music for Social Change” contains a variety of essays and is edited by Christine Witkowski, the founding Director of YOLA at HOLA for five years. The book includes program portraits from around the world, teaching...
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