Keane Southard

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

Integrating Kingian Nonviolence and Music for Social Change


Many are familiar with MLK’s use of nonviolence in the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, but what exactly is Kingian Nonviolence? For King, nonviolence was not simply the absence of violence but the presence of justice. Nonviolence is not passively submitting to violence but actively fighting for justice using non-violent means.

Fostering Environmental Stewardship in Sistema Programs


One of our core tenets in the El Sistema movement is that great music education can be more than training on an instrument—it can create better citizens who contribute positively in all aspects of our world. We teach our students to take care of their instruments, the facilities they use, and their classmates and communities.


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