Cultivating Curiosity

New research supports our consistent focus on building curiosity in learners. Curiosity can help overcome disadvantages – it can be a crucial element in bridging the achievement gap, which is so hard to ameliorate using more administrative tools.  Curiosity is one of...
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The Busiest Spot on the Sistema Globe

We just passed the darkest part of the Sistema world year in the Southern Hemisphere and the lightest part of the year in the North—do you know what the BUSIEST place in the Sistema world is all year long?  It’s...
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Around the Sistema World with Hannah

Editor’s Note: Hannah Whitehouse won the extraordinary Circumnavigator’s Travel Study Grant at Northwestern University to study El Sistema-inspired programs around the world during her summer break.  Are you feeling the same admiration and envy that we do?  Hannah will write...
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Making the Case for Sistema at TEDxLuxembourgCity

Patricia Abdelnour, the Director of  Fundación Acción Social por la Música (Social Action for Music) in Madrid, Spain, recently gave a strong TED talk at TEDxLuxembourg City.  It lays out a strong case for Sistema programs with a global view of their...
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The Value of Failure

How can we help turn “failure” from a crisis into a learning experience for kids? We know that teaching for “growth mindset” helps this, but it’s not so simple. New research illuminates the complications for students of financially- and socially-struggling...
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12 Tips on How to Practice by Wynton Marsalis

As teachers, we often spend so much time teaching technique, ensemble skills, and notation, that we easily overlook teaching our students a key musical concept: how to practice! If you need a place to start, check out these 12 Tips...
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Attending Music Performances Improves Well-Being

People who teach in Sistema programs believe in the power of making music, and perhaps we should also emphasize the power of attending live music events.  A new study by behavioral science professor Patrick Fagan at Goldsmiths, University of London, and the...
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