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Singing Their Way into New Connections

In March 2016, choir students from Bay Area Music Project in Alameda, California had the opportunity to collaborate with young instrumental music students from Music Heals International in Port au Prince, Haiti. Teaching Artists from both programs chose two songs (“We’re Going To...
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BOOK: When Grit Isn’t Enough

Grit. It’s a word that has been discussed in education circles for several decades, most recently as a suggested solution for the education gap in the United States. But what if “grit” isn’t enough? Linda Nathan is the first Executive Director of...
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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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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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Introducing the Take A Stand Festival Orchestra

In July of this year, the U.S. El Sistema-inspired movement celebrated its first national orchestra.  The Take A Stand Festival Orchestra, supported by the Take A Stand partnership (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bard College, and the Longy School of Music of...
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El Sistema Kenya & Let It Shine Host the YOA

In March 2017, El Sistema Kenya in Nairobi and Let It Shine Program in Arusha, Tanzania welcomed two representatives from Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ Global Leaders Program. Gabrielle Molina (clarinet) and Nathaly Ossa (violin) organized an instrument petting zoo...
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Batuta and Berklee Join Forces

Fundación Nacional Batuta has begun a collaboration with Berklee College of Music that will benefit young people and teachers throughout Colombia.  After a visit to Bogotá, Roger Brown, president of Berklee, voiced his support of a collaboration between Berklee and...
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Take A Stand Consortium in L.A.

In mid-July, the Take A Stand Consortium (Los Angeles Philharmonic and Longy School of Music and Bard College) gathered the first U.S. national Sistema Youth Orchestra of 100 students from 34 different programs.  The Festival included a three day national...
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Creative Youth Development – Join the Movement

  Creative Youth Development (CYD) is an umbrella term in the U.S. for a variety of education programs and initiatives that share values and practices with El Sistema-inspired programs.  A national CYD partnership publishes a free newsletter, and now it...
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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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