The blog entries below have been grouped by subject matter for easy reference. Where relevant they are listed chronologically, from earliest to most recent. In some cases, the Five Fundamental Principles being the most obvious, earlier philosophically conflicting entries have been retained to show the progression of thought. Please feel free to comment.
Q U I C K R E F E R E N C E
Five Fundamental Principles
Politics, Educational Policy and Advocacy
Concepts within Social Action through Music
“How to” Guides
Field or Event Reports and Profiles
Professional Music Industry
F I V E F U N D A M E N T A L P R I N C I P L E S
Five Fundamental Principles of El Sistema published in Canadian Music Educator
Avoiding Fundamental Principles
On the need for and challenges of Fundamental Principles
Introducing the Five Fundamental Principles
Introducing the Five Fundamental Principles, Part II
Putting the Fun in Fundamentals and the Intensity vs. Frequency trap
Why Passion isn’t a Fundamental and the No. 1 Danger of exportation
Should Classical Music be a Fundamental?
Who should make the rules?
L O G I C M O D E L
Logic Model for Social Action through Music
Logic Model Update Part 1
Logic Model Update Part 2
M O N E Y
What does a Sistema program cost?
Why costs are variable and what elements should be essential?
Understanding Corporate Sponsorship vs. Corporate Philanthropy
Offsetting costs of instruments through microfinance
Charging children to participate – the arguments evaluated
Paying children to participate – the arguments evaluated
P O L I T I C S, E D U C A T I O N A L P O L I C Y A N D A D V O C A C Y
El Sistema – Political Tool or Victim?
Why Data-based arguments for music are inherently flawed
The Economics of Education (“If you think education is expensive…”
El Sistema and Social Contract
“H O W T O” G U I D E S
Finding your own role in the Sistema movement
Advice for those interested in applying for the Abreu/Sistema Fellowship at NEC
F I E L D O R E V E N T R E P O R T S & P R O F I L E S
Socially-oriented opera programs in Cape Town and Cleveland
Leading Note Foundation Conference in Ottawa, March 31 2012 – Report Part 1 with Gallery
Leading Note Foundation Conference in Ottawa, March 31 2012 – Report Part 2 with Video
London Philharmonic, United Kingdom
In Harmony Lambeth, United Kingdom
The Famous Acarigua Performance
London début of the Teresa Carreño Orchestra
C O N C E P T S I N S O C I A L A C T I O N T H R O U G H M U S I C
Why having everything isn’t necessarily a good thing
Tocar y luchar – revised
When “Luchar” has nothing to do with music
The importance of vertical social integration
Confronting the brutal facts
Special Education programs
Special Needs and Music Therapy – article publication announcement
How choreographed movement can create passion (and the Botox connection)
The Venezuelan flag jackets
NOT Chaos, Chaos THEORY. They’re different, folks.
Challenges in evaluation
Is it Social Justice or Socialism? Neither.
Can Technology create meaning? Doubtful.
How important is the genre of music? (Zumix profile)
The unclear connection between el Sistema and crime.
How Sistema changes what it means to be a music educator in an unhappy world
D R. A B R E U
What I said to Maestro the last time we met
Why our penchant for Maestro Abreu quotes may not be a good idea
Maestro Abreu’s organizational growth philosophy or decentralized management concept
P R O F E S S I O N A L M U S I C I N D U S T R Y
My address to the board of NEC in November, 2009
Intransigence in the orchestra industry – in the face of disaster
Canadian Intransigence in the orchestra industry – in the face of disaster
How symphonies really function, economically speaking
El Sistema and broader advocacy
Using El Sistema values in the professional context