Votefortrump June 23, 2016

Walking the walk

June 7, 2016



The Baltimore conference organizers asked me to put my money where my mouth is. Challenge accepted.

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When Sistema isn’t as easy as pie

May 5, 2016


A modest proposal

On the drive back from the Reframing El Sistema conference in Baltimore, my students and I stopped for pie in Washington DC. Over a very delicious and savoury slice of steak and chile (really) I took the opportunity to ask a freshman cellist what she had thought of the conference. Her response was brutal: “I […]

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Touring Test – Part 2

February 21, 2016



The future of classical music is not dependent on 20 seconds of screen time at the Super Bowl. It’s in the hands of the certified music educators around the nation who live and labour under increasingly difficult circumstances to make music a part of their students’ lives.

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Touring Test – Part 1

February 17, 2016


Red Rover

From Mark Swed’s hogshead overflowing with champagne to Gabriela Montero’s dry shot glass, there’s been plenty of disagreement over both the size of the vessel and the extent to which it was filled by YOLA’s appearance in the Super Bowl

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In search of a “Unique Dividend”

February 7, 2016



If pressed to answer the question “Why Sistema?”, I think there are only two legitimate answers

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Social action through music – beyond Sistema

November 22, 2015


Orangement on Parade

An investigation into "Social Action through Music" produces some unexpected - and oftentimes uncomfortable - results.

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