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Sistema Scotland Announces First Global Ambassador


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


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


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


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.

Carnegie Hall Offers New Resources for Artists and Teachers


Three new resources from Carnegie Hall for colleagues around the world:

Apply for a Google Ad Grant


The Google Ad Grants program supports nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and more than 50 additional countries that help to make the world a better place. Google Ad Grants is an in-kind advertising program that harnesses the power of the company’s flagship advertising product, Google AdWords.

Sistema NB Student Wins Asian International Youth Clarinet Competition


You may hear the old prejudice that “social” programs don’t produce musical excellence. Sistema NB student Shinie Wagaarachchi just won a major international prize in music performance.

CMW Students Create Album for Local Charity


As many programs learned over this past year, few aspects of our work outweigh the importance of showing up for our communities—even when that takes us away from music education. It’s even possible you’ve created, or considered creating, a special fundraising event to raise money for non-musical programs that your students care about. On Friday, April 16, students of Community MusicWorks’ Daily Orchestra Program found a way to merge their work with community giving, presenting a fun album of favorite animal songs to raise funds for the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the students’ choice of beneficiary). The premiere included meeting pets, watching a puppet show, and learning to make balloon animals. What a strong citizenship lesson for students. Visit CMW’s website to learn more about Animal Songs, and watch their creation on CMW’s YouTube channel.

El Sistema USA Introduces Two New Awards for Students and Teachers


On May 14, El Sistema USA will launch two new annual awards—one honoring a teacher, and one honoring a student—to be presented for the first time at their 2022 Symposium. The fundraising event for The Mark Churchill Teacher of the Year Award and the El Sistema USA Student of the Year Award (and to support student seminaries) will be Friday, May 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT. Beyond introducing the awards, the event will include musical performances and inspirational messages and celebrate the legacy of El Sistema USA founder Mark Churchill. Learn more and get tickets on the ESUSA website.

Black Teaching Artist Lab


The new Black Teaching Artist Lab (BTAL) is a professional development and travel-abroad program that connects individual BPOC artists and learners from the African Diaspora through arts education, in order to unify and strengthen intercultural understanding between marginalized Pan-African populations.


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