Community Building

The Ensemble seeks to connect and inform all people who are committed to ensemble music education for youth empowerment and social change.

A Musician’s Guide to Reaching for the Stars


A year ago, I received a phone call asking me if El Sistema USA® wanted to partner with a commercial mission to space called Polaris Dawn. I was as surprised to get this call as you probably are to hear about it. My first thought was: Why El Sistema USA?

Creating Collaborative Pathways for Expanded Support of CYD


As The Lewis Prize enters a new phase, we are taking the learnings from our grant process, field relationships, and research to create a platform for expanded investment in creative youth development. We’ve designed the Creating Abundance Collaborative, a cross-sector space where practitioners, young people, researchers, philanthropists, and policymakers come together to advance the field through shared learning and pooled resources.

Palestinian Lullabies Capture our Shared Humanity


In a world that seems increasingly divided by our differences, a recent collaboration by international musicians shares an inspirational message of our shared humanity.

Growing AIM’s Firebird Fellowship into an Alumni Program


“Your alumni will become your best assets for your mission.” That’s what social entrepreneurs from Changemaker Fellowships told AIM’s leadership when we began in 2018. So far, we agree. 

Music, Theater, and Collaboration: Creating Common Languages for Joy


Seenaryo has been creating collaborative and imaginative community theater in Lebanon since 2015. We started working in Jordan in 2018, and we ran our first training in Palestine in 2022. While Seenaryo is first and foremost a theater organization, music has always played a big part in what we do.

At Manzil Mystics, Ancient Language Offers Timeless Truth


There are not many music programs in the world with the word “Mystics” in their name. But it serves us well. Like many Ensemble readers, we are a passionate group of musicians working toward creating social inclusion and happy childhoods through music. And we find inspiration in the all-inclusive and peaceful messages of mystic poets like Kabir Das and Mahatma Gandhi.

Free Lesson Plans from Smithsonian Folkways


Are you a music teacher looking to diversify your lesson plans? The Smithsonian Folkways website hosts a digital database of free music lesson plans from around the world.

Curation, Not Composition: Strategies for Healthy Collaboration in the Classroom


It was during a choir rehearsal, at age nine, that I decided to become a composer. Choir was an oasis of joy in an otherwise difficult school experience; I simply lived for each opportunity to sing. Since then, it’s been my joy to witness, time and time again, music’s transformative power in community—never more so than in communities of singers, and never more powerfully than when those singers are empowered to compose their own songs.

Singing for a Cooler Planet


Across the U.K., choirs are coming together to raise their voices for change.

B-Me Project Creates Free Scores for Orchestras


The B-Me project has produced a collection of lovely new orchestral scores, which you can now explore and borrow for free.


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