News and Resources

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

National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network


The National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network (NIMAN) seeks to provide mentorship to promising young musicians of color in their formative, pre-college years.

ChiMOP Launches New Collaborative Community Project


As part of their new Community Connections initiative, students from the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP) will pair with young people from partner organizations across Chicago to create an original composition that represents their community identity.

Rethink Your Program’s Language Around Black and Culturally Diverse Communities


Language matters and requires awareness.

Four Tools for Young Musicians Available from Carnegie Hall


Sometimes teenagers learn best from other teenagers.

Music to Save Humanity Offers Free Masterclasses


Music to Save Humanity is offering a free masterclass series that features renowned artists from all over the world working virtually with young musicians.

Peabody Panels of Distinguished Artists and Funders to Examine the Arts Post-COVID


“The Next Normal: Arts Innovation and Resilience in a Post-COVID World” is a free day-long set of panels and exchanges offered by the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, on Wednesday, February 10, from 10:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

Grace Notes, a Collection of Ensemble Editorials, Available Free


When Longy School of Music took over publishing this newsletter, they honored the nine years that Tricia Tunstall edited The Ensemble by publishing a book of her collected monthly editorials, titled Grace Notes.

Teaching Tolerance


All programs looking to build more equity, anti-racism, and social justice into their curriculum or program practices will want to visit the digital collection of resources at Teaching Tolerance.

El Sistema Academy Happening Online, January 30 and 31—deadline Jan. 27


The fifth annual El Sistema Academy will happen online on January 30 and 31 and is free to all. El Sistema educators and colleagues across the globe will convene to discuss this year’s theme, “Motivation”—motivating students, teams, audiences, and more. Registration closes on January 27. Use this Google Form to register for this year’s session, and learn more about last year’s Academy in this 2019 World Ensemble post.

Music as a Global Resource Shares 2020 Compendium


Here is a chance to better understand the global context within which our programs grow. The 2020 Compendium of Music as a Global Resource: Solutions for Cultural, Social, Health, Educational, Environmental, and Economic Issues profiles 109 projects from 54 countries, linking them to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to providing key insights into programs around the world, the Compendium affirms the size, ambition, and effectiveness of our wide movement. Read the Compendium on their website to expand your perspective and discover the ways in which music learning fits into the UN’s vision of sustainability.


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