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

Choosing Strength-Based Messaging

06-01-2021

This article from Prosper Strategies examines the importance of how nonprofits describe their work, offering “dos and don’ts” for authentic communication. “Four Myths about Strength-Based Messaging” discusses three common types of messaging in the nonprofit sector: stereotype-based messaging, needs-based messaging, and strength-based messaging. Author Lindsay Mullen argues for organizations to use strength-based messaging in their communication, highlighting common mistakes that inadvertently perpetuate harmful narratives regarding the very communities we seek to uplift.

Youth Mental Health in Crisis

06-01-2021

Medical experts in Colorado urge the declaration of a state mental health emergency for its young people: “We are seeing our pediatric emergency departments and our inpatient units overrun with kids attempting suicide and suffering from other forms of major mental health illness.” This Chalkbeat article about the circumstances that led to the declaration demonstrates the gravity of the crisis across all states.

Art-Train Offers Funding Tips and Tech Assistance for Arts Workers

06-01-2021

Art-Train is moving down the tracks. Created by Springboard for the Arts and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, it is a virtual technical assistance program for artists, municipal agencies, community nonprofits, and arts councils in communities of all sizes across the U.S. Most prominently, Art-Train gets you up to speed on all the ways to tap government funding connected to pandemic relief you may have missed.

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.”

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