Attend ITAC4 for free!

ITAC4, the Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference, will take place in New York City on 13-15 September (first time in the United States), and is completely sold out.  But those who can’t attend can join much of the conference for...
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Help Us Build the WE Virtual Library!

What is your favorite Sistema / Teaching / Music Book?  We all have that one (or two or three) book(s) that changed our lives as educators, program managers, musicians, or parents.  The WE Team would love to generate a list of...
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EDITORIAL: Leadership In El Sistema

I just finished teaching a two-week intensive course on Leadership at Lincoln Center Education, for experienced teaching artists who want to move from master practitioner to field-changer. One of the many topics we addressed was a body of work I...
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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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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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Teaching Optimism to Children

Optimism helps children deal well with difficulty, and we can teach it. This simple claim by Lorea Martinez, a special education consultant with expertise in socio-emotional learning, is described in the following article from Edutopia: https://www.edutopia.org/article/optimism-learnable-skill The article provides three primary...
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