Professional Development

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

The El Sistema USA National Symposium: A Report from a First-Timer


As a first-time attendee at the El Sistema USA Symposium, an annual event that brings together people from across the U.S. who are involved in Sistema-inspired work, I didn’t quite know what to expect. But the experience was invaluable. It took place June 13-15, and I am still buzzing with inspiration and excitement about being part of the El Sistema community. 

Two International Grant Opportunities


We know how hard it is to obtain funding for the work you do, so we’re eager to share two grant opportunities that support community-building and international cultural-exchange initiatives.

Attend the WAAE Summit


What sounds better than a trip to Athens in October? How about the chance to meet and learn from arts educators from around the world?

Free Lesson Plans from Smithsonian Folkways


Are you a music teacher looking to diversify your lesson plans? The Smithsonian Folkways website hosts a digital database of free music lesson plans from around the world.

Free Creative Youth Development Workshops


The Lewis Prize for Music’s Creating Abundance Collaborative is hosting two virtual workshops to level up the field of creative youth development, with a focus on career-readiness and wellbeing.

Apply for the European Music Council Fellowship


The European Music Council (EMC) Fellowship Programme welcomes early-career musicians seeking a professional development community.

Music Leadership Training with Musicians Without Borders


Applications are now open for a free training opportunity in the UK for arts facilitators interested in broadening their methodological toolkit. The program, run in tandem by Leeds Beckett University and Musicians Without Borders, will train participants in the working principles of the MWB music leadership programs that serve people impacted by war and armed conflict.

NAfME Report: Divisive Concepts Laws and Music Education


Regressive lawmaking in the U.S. has led some music educators to feel unsafe talking about race, gender, or history in the classroom. In response, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) a published a must-read report earlier this year on Divisive Concepts Laws (DCL)legislative and executive orders that restrict teaching and learning activities related to race, gender, sexuality, and U.S. historyand their impact on music educators across the U.S.

El Sistema USA Youth Ambassadors: The Start of Something New


In the second week of March 2023, El Sistema USA, an organizational network of Sistema-inspired programs in the United States, held their first in-person national symposium since the pandemic began. Attendees converged to attend workshops, rekindle friendships, and share perspectives and questions about the field. They also encountered something unprecedented: a lively cohort of Youth Ambassadors, students from programs across the country, who often took the lead in key activities.  

Online Resources for Teaching Artists


Free stuff! Check out these self-paced online courses available to teaching artists worldwide:


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