Adam Eccleston

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

Working with Urban Youth


As a teacher, musician and administrator in an El Sistema-inspired program, I ask myself four principal questions every September. First, Who are our students? In my community, they are generally black and Hispanic, from low-income and/or single-parent households or dual language households. In choosing how to shape ensembles and repertoire, I rely heavily on my students’ backgrounds; I often make choices that help them learn from one another about their different languages, holidays, and cultures.


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