North America

Yo Yo Ma and Bach Inspire Students

Sometimes a vignette captures the essence of a core belief in our practice.  Michael DePasquale, the Project/Personnel Manager for Encore! Sistema Québec in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, recently shared a story that celebrates the way that a learner’s seeing just the right performance—a...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, February 2019

Honk, Blow ‘n Screech at OrKidstra by Jennifer Ong (Canada) As OrKidstra is growing, we are starting off the new year by welcoming a fresh group of beginner students, ages 8-12. Last week, to help these students make an informed...
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Wider reach for the youngest; new fun for the oldest

Ottawa’s OrKidstra program has innovative programs growing on both ends of the students’ learning journey with them, like bookends.  On the “entry” side is meeting prospective young students in schools. Since 2013, OrKidstra has built a win/win relationship with the local school...
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International Teaching Artist Conference 2020

For those who read about (or joined virtually with) the hundreds of teaching artist delegates from 26 countries at the ITAC4 (Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference) at Carnegie Hall in New York last September, the dates of ITAC5 have just...
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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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Sistema Updates from the United States

Here are a few new Sistema ideas in the United States, and an invitation to the join the El Sistema USA National Symposium at the end of January: A course at El Sistema Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma City University,...
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La Red Brings Its Original Music to the U.S.A.

La Red de Escuelas de Música de Medellín (The Music School Network of Medellín) toured the East Coast of the United States in November. Eighty students from La Red’s 27 music schools across Medellín, Colombia were selected through auditions to be...
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