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A Radical Notion: Teaching Artists as Essential Workers

06-01-2021

Teaching artists have been quiet, often unsung, heroes of this pandemic. This Arts Education Policy Review piece by three leaders in Seattle argues for the recognition of teaching artists as essential workers. The article, “Re-imagining personal and organizational polices as sources of radical change: perspectives from a teaching artist, organization, and city,” includes an interesting history of teaching artistry, from Paleolithic caves to Grandmaster Flash.

YouTube Star Reimagines Music Theory Lessons

06-01-2021

It is possible! YouTube star Adam Neely has made music theory fun, entertaining, even fascinating.

SIMM Announces Upcoming In-Person Gatherings

05-19-2021

SIMM, or Social Impact of Making Music, is an independent international scholarly association, founded in 2017 and headquartered in Belgium, whose main research focus is the possible social impacts of learning and making music.

New Tool for Music Educators: The Comprehensive String Pedagogy & Curriculum

05-19-2021

The new Comprehensive String Pedagogy & Curriculum (CSPC) has been written by Richard Young of the Vermeer Quartet as an in-depth tool for Sistema-inspired youth orchestra teachers, conductors, and administrators. A longtime admirer of José Antonio Abreu, Young has taught extensively throughout Latin America, Europe, and the U.S.

Americans for the Arts Offers Tips to Access New Government Grants

05-19-2021

On May 26 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT, Americans for the Arts will host an online session about tapping government funding from the American Rescue Plan. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) introduced by the Biden Administration delivers $350 billion in state and local block grants for Coronavirus fiscal recovery.

Muscambia Hosts Discussion on Music in Incarcerated Settings

05-19-2021

Do you know Musicambia? They are an organization dedicated to music for social change in incarcerated communities, partners with organizations around the world. If you want to learn more about them, you can attend a special event on June 3, at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

Sistema Scotland Announces First Global Ambassador

05-19-2021

Sistema Scotland has announced their first official worldwide “Ambassador”: Dame Evelyn Glennie, the renowned and beloved solo percussionist, who hails from Scotland and is internationally known for her passionate commitment to social connection through music. Dame Evelyn will promote the work of the Big Noise programs of Sistema Scotland and, in Big Noise Chairman Benny Higgins’ words, raise awareness about the importance of “how we listen and learn from each other.”

Sign Up for ES Sweden’s Side by Side: Digital Camp by June 3

05-19-2021

Your students can sign up for El Sistema Sweden’s gigantic summer camp, Side by Side Digital, until May 21. This camp is for musicians ages 6-23 from around the world; musicians can join one of 16 different ensemble tracks (based on experience level and interest), including six different choruses. The repertoire is online. You have probably heard about it because of its size when in person, but now young people everywhere can join digitally.

SEL Activities for Adults and Students

05-19-2021

The organization Learners Edge partners with universities to offer online professional development and continuing education graduate credit courses for teachers. Though their university partners are all in the U.S., they also offer many resources for educators and teaching artists worldwide to use in their work.

Six Podcasts on Classical Music

05-19-2021

One unexpected outgrowth of the pandemic has been an increase in podcasts that focus on classical music. Even established ones have evolved; Aria Code, hosted by the cross-genre luminary Rhiannon Giddens, has found new depths of poetry and resonance.

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