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The Impact of Colonialism on Diverse Musical Cultures: An Interview with Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo

02-17-2021

In a recent interview with the organization Decolonizing the Music Classroom, Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo, a professor of Ethnomusicology and African studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), gives an interesting perspective on how the arts field should treat and interact with traditional music from different cultures.

Sistema-Inspired Program Featured in the Toronto Black Film Festival

02-17-2021

For our Canadian readers, the Toronto Black Film Festival is featuring a documentary titled NEOJIBA: Music That Changes Lives, focusing on the social integration program NEOJIBA, which was originally inspired by José Antonio Abreu, in Salvador, Brazil.

New Research Demonstrates Positive Impact of Music Learning

02-17-2021

New research from MIT and from the University of Zurich affirms the power of music learning for the brain.

WATCH: Video Showcases History of Venezuela’s El Sistema, Including Vintage Footage

02-17-2021

On Day Two of the El Sistema USA Symposium & Seminario (happening this week—get tickets here!), a group of five leaders from El Sistema Venezuela joined the gathering to present a pre-recorded video that may be useful and informative for many programs.

Sessions Still Available for Fifth Annual SIMM-posium Conference

02-17-2021

Online sessions are still running for the fifth annual SIMM-posium conference, which provides a platform for conversation and debate around the social impact of music-making.

Takeaways from Remote Learning in Refugee Camps

02-17-2021

Music programs all over the globe have been struggling to reinvent themselves as part of the switch to virtual learning.

Global MOOC Alliance Opens Call for Student Projects That Address UN’s Sustainable Goal for Education

02-17-2021

Do you have an ambitious team of students who might be ready to take on a Global Massive Open Online Challenge?

Boston Music Project Shares Students’ Digital Collective Compositions

02-17-2021

Since the pandemic began, Boston Music Project (BMP) has worked on creative ways to engage their students through virtual teaching—including composition.

Encourage a Young Person to Apply for the Global Student Prize

02-17-2021

Do you have a truly extraordinary student?

Los Angeles Philharmonic Offers Masterclasses for Middle and High School–Aged Composers

02-17-2021

Here is a rare opportunity for your budding composers.

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