Professional Development

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

New Carnegie Hall Curriculum for Collegiate and Early Professional Musicians


Carnegie Hall has just launched The Connected Musician—a self-paced interactive video series for collegiate and early professional performers.  The initiative is led by Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect and features guidance from alums of the program and leaders in the field.

GLP Creative Residency Concludes Week in Southern Poland


In a history-making moment, the Global Leaders Program finished its first residency in Europe. Each year, the program organizes a seven-day international residency, where participants gather and exchange ideas with local communities. This year, GLP cohort members visited Bielsko-Biala, Poland.

Improve Your Advocacy with These Public Speaking Tips


Many musicians who find themselves in situations of advocating for programs feel awkward about their speaking abilities. More than once, we have heard, “There is a reason I went into a non-verbal art form!” This article by John Millen, titled “How to Control Your Filler Words,” provides tools to become a more powerful speaker.

Sistema Europe Wants to Feature Your Program at SEYO SummerFest


The world is getting together in a couple of weeks—join the Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra SummerFest 2021, July 21–24 and 28–30. Check out the program here and join SEYO’s SummerFest by registering at:

Free Online Course Offers Tools for Community Peacebuilding


Many teaching artists work in stressed or transitional communities. They may find a just-released online course in peacebuilding useful. Offered free from Peace Direct through August, it provides a practical toolkit for resolving conflict locally. If peacebuilding is a part of your program’s work, as is often true in projects for social development and democracy, “Conflict Transformation: your practical toolkit for peacebuilding” can support your work. The course includes eight modules (each lasting 10–15 minutes), with group discussions and a variety of real-life scenarios and case studies from across the world. Find out more via Peace Direct.

WASET Offers List of Global Music Education Conferences


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

Sistema-Inspired Programs in England Share Teaching Tips and Tools


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

Apply for the Future of Music Faculty Fellowship for Black and Latinx Music Professionals


A first-of-its-kind career development initiative for Black and Latinx music professionals, the Future of Music Faculty Fellowship will spotlight and prepare exceptional future faculty leaders, taking aim at the representation gap on music faculties nationwide.

Call for Proposals: 3rd International Disability Studies, Arts & Education (DSAE) Conference


The 3rd International Disability Studies, Arts & Education (DSAE) Conference is happening online this year, October 7–9.

Global Leaders Program Hosting Free Virtual Conference on the Arts and Urban Development


The Global Leaders Program is hosting a free virtual conference called “Sound Cities: Community Music Ecosystems” as part of its (Re)Setting the Stage series. Kicking off on January 18, the conference brings together interesting perspectives from city planners, music entrepreneurs, and cultural agency workers, who will discuss the roles they play in communities all over the world. Specifically, the conference explores how the arts have had a significant impact on urban development. There are sessions on January 20, January 27, and February 4, focusing on different countries and the impacts of their artistic communities. Check out their Zoom registration page to learn more, including how to sign up.


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