Perspectives & Collective Action

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

Violinists Support Ukraine


In this moving video, 94 violinists from around the world come together to accompany violinists in Ukraine, some in basement shelters, on a Ukrainian folk song.

SIMM: An International Research Platform for Music’s Role in Social and Community Work


We came to understand that part of the explanation for the relative lack of research could be found in exaggerated rhetoric and redemptionist discourse about the power of music. In addition, many people seemed to think it was simply not necessary to do research on something that is already considered obvious. (My colleagues and I sometimes encountered such reactions in relation to our own scholarly work.) Fortunately, this has started to change recently, and more research projects are now being undertaken in this field.

Online Platform Supports Youth Mental Health with Music


The Glenn Gould Foundation in Canada wants to help teenagers use music to find their way through these mentally challenging times. To do so, they have created Instrumental, a free online platform designed to help young people process and engage their feelings through music.

UNESCO Publishes Report on Creativity as a Public Good


This new report from UNESCO—”Re|Shaping policies for creativity: addressing culture as a global public good”—took four years to prepare, reporting how to advance the understanding that creativity is a public good.

Carnegie Hall Offers Music Tools for Young Learners


We have included a note about Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers free online curriculum for early learners before, but with new material, it is better than ever.

Learn about Article 31, Which Supports a Child’s Right to Play


Did you know that your work with young people directly supports Article 31 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Is Culture the Missing Piece in Our Quest for a Greener and Humane Recovery? Five Ways the Cultural Sector Steps In


Why does a composer venture into the Arctic? Perhaps because it is one of the places our global climate emergency is on clearest display. Auerbach’s collaborator, Enric Sala, the founder of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project, observed that if you look at our Earth from space, the Arctic appears as its heart, a white heart expanding and contracting. The expansions are getting noticeably smaller every year.

Sistema England to Merge with The Nucleo Project


Sistema England is passing its activities and leadership role to The Nucleo Project in London. Founded in 2013 by Lucy Maguire, The Nucleo Project will now be known as “Nucleo” as it expands its local work and takes on wider youth development roles.

Suggested Reading: Teacher as Artist-in-Residence


Here is an unusual book that presents teaching as an art practice: Teacher as Artist-in-Residence: The most radical form of expression to ever exist.

AIMing Forward: Introducing the Academy for Impact through Music


The global field of music for social change is committed, smart, resilient, and brimming with talented teachers, administrators, and students—that’s a lot of assets! But it isn’t organized to learn well and get better as a field. Indeed, as I traveled during the past decade to 25 countries to observe good programs in action, I consistently heard that their two greatest challenges were finances and faculty. These problems haven’t been getting better.


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