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 … Continue reading When Sistema isn’t as easy as pie
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.
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
If pressed to answer the question “Why Sistema?”, I think there are only two legitimate answers
An investigation into "Social Action through Music" produces some unexpected - and oftentimes uncomfortable - results.
What do Microsoft and Venezuela have in common?
If you don't like the politicization of El Sistema in Venezuela, there is something you can do about it.
Sistema programs are a declaration of different aspirations, of different values, of a different vision for society
This is the perverse logic of the world of STEM.
Well before the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra spent a full week in Montréal this past March, I vowed not to call the trip a tour. It’s long been fashionable for youth and even university orchestras to trot across the globe to exotic locales, normally at the expense of the students, or more likely the typically … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Musical Service Residencies