Editorials

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

Showing Up as a Global Field: A UNESCO Invitation for Our Readers

08-03-2022

We say we are a global field. But are we? An open call from UNESCO—which you may not have heard about—presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to move in that direction.

The Ambassadors’ Exchange: Getting to Know Each Other

08-03-2022

Our Ambassador cohort has been getting to know one another in preparation for our upcoming Pen Pal Project! Here are some of their reflections and first impressions of cross-cultural commonalities through music.

The Ambassadors’ Exchange: July Program Updates

07-06-2022

This month, Ambassadors from around the world check in with updates from the past month and share their hopes for the future.

‘Community,’ in Context

07-06-2022

When individuals and organizations state that they are “doing work in the community,” what they often mean is that they are going to a place where they have very few relationships, bringing with them a product or practice that might be unfamiliar to those in the “community” and then spreading their unfamiliar product or practice far and wide.

Making Music to Make Healthy Minds

06-01-2022

There have simply been too many starts and stops, too many hours of social distancing, too many people sick and dying, and too many acts of violence for any of us to feel fully stable. And the combined forces of destabilization—COVID’s erratic disruption of our lives, the prevalence of violence, and the ongoing struggle to overcome racism and homophobia—are taking their greatest toll on young people.

The Ambassadors’ Exchange: June Program Updates

06-01-2022

This month, Ambassadors from around the world check in with updates from the past month and share their hopes for the future.

Becoming a Music Educator: One Teacher’s Story

05-04-2022

In 2010, I started my journey with music education as a full-time teacher at a private school in Amman, Jordan. The immediate result came fast: I resigned after the first week.

The Ambassadors’ Exchange: The 2022 Composition Relay

05-04-2022

Several of our Ambassadors had become busy with school, concerts, and auditions, and were unable to attend every meeting. Others had to stay up late at night or get up really early in the morning to participate. We asked ourselves: what if we created our entire composition asynchronously, to make it easier for everyone?

The Ambassadors’ Exchange: April 2022 Updates

04-06-2022

The 2022 Ambassadors are excited to bring you news from several different pockets of the world! This month, we share updates about recent performances and some especially thoughtful reflections on the meaning of music in our lives. We hope that you take the time to read our articles.

Relationships, the Bedrock of Community Art

04-06-2022

Too long have we seen ourselves and the world—almost unconsciously—through the metaphor of an elaborate, sophisticated machine. We do this to gain a sense of efficiency and control, and the results have been powerful, leading to remarkable achievements over the past few centuries. But this framework has come at a cost, undermining the more organic qualities and properties of who we are and what makes us healthy, happy, productive, and connected—those things “not measured in GDP,” as Robert F. Kennedy famously pointed out.

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