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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.

Two Reports on the Arts’ Impact on Community and Mental Health

05-04-2021

The National Endowment for the Arts recently published a report on social cohesion entitled WE-Making: How Arts & Culture Unite People to Work Toward Community Well-Being. This is especially important as we move beyond the pandemic, which inflicted trauma and exposed social, racial, and health inequities across the U.S. Music for social change programs are designed to bring communities together and increase well-being, so this report speaks directly to our field.

Two ASCD Articles to Inform Your Teaching

05-04-2021

This article in the March issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership, titled “‘Radical Care’ to Let Black Boys Thrive”, offers practical tips for teaching Black boys. The teaching advice may not be unfamiliar, but the article (including reference material and reflection questions) by Tyrone C. Howard and Jaleel R. Howard helpfully reminds us of important pedagogical priorities.

ESUSA Offers ‘Resource Hub’

05-04-2021

El Sistema USA has redesigned its former website store into a new “Resource Hub.” Members have full access to its items, including some new resources. Non-members may purchase items for a small fee.

WASET Offers List of Global Music Education Conferences

04-21-2021

The World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET) has compiled a list of music education conferences around the world.

Leadership Opportunities for Young People in Africa

04-21-2021

AfterSchoolAfrica (aSA) has compiled a list of 25 global leadership opportunities for people ages 18–40 in Africa.

The Teachers’ Guide to Global, Collaborative Teaching and Learning

04-21-2021

One of the few silver linings of this ongoing pandemic has been a collective recommitment to global connection. If we’re all learning in the same place—the Internet—why not share and interact with people across the world? The Teachers’ Guide to Global, Collaborative Teaching and Learning—published by iEARN-USA (the international Education and Resource Network) with support from the Longview Foundation—has compiled a list of these many opportunities for connection, for students and arts practitioners alike. Cultural exchange programs, camps, conversations, and opportunities for collective action abound, so share this far and wide. No matter how specific your collaborative vision, this list has you covered.

Sistema-Inspired Programs in England Share Teaching Tips and Tools

04-21-2021

Teachers from Sistema-inspired programs in England have shared their best tips and tools for teaching, learned over the course of their careers.

International Music Council Publishes Music World News E-Bulletin

04-21-2021

You may want to subscribe to Music World News, a newsletter from the International Music Council (in association with the European Music Council and the EU Creative Europe Programme).

A Case for Child-Centered Research

04-21-2021

This article on Lapsinäkökulma (Finnish for “Children’s Perspective”) presents the case for child-centered research from a doctoral student and researcher who is studying El Sistema programs in different countries.

Reflection Series on Anti-Racism and Cultural Education Asks, ‘Where Do We Go from Here?’

04-21-2021

From August to December 2020, the Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie podcast and Creative Generation collaborated with 22 inspiring artists, educators, and community activists—21 of whom are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)—through the We Can’t Go Back video series.

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