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The Search for SIGnificance

August 9, 2016


Whither (wither?) the Sistema Special Interest Group?

To confer and to confront

August 3, 2016


I miss the old days, when doing a conference entailed sequencing a few heart-warming anecdotes from Venezuela, and where the only challenge was choosing the right tone and tenor to leave the audience bathed in moral elevation having heard firsthand the power of music. I particularly missed those days at 3am last Wednesday morning when […]

This is where we fly

March 16, 2015


Confronting reality will not confine, it will liberate.

ISME Sistema in Porto Alegre – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

July 30, 2014


ISME 2014 and the Sistema Special Interest Group have both drawn to their conclusion in Porto Alegre. Here, for your reading enjoyment, are the relative highlights. And the lowlights.

Report and Gallery from Ottawa

April 4, 2012


The Venezuelans don't do "conferences," they do "seminarios", their word for "high intensity short-term music camps." Making music is a central part of the experience. It's not about the teachers, it's about the kids and the music.

Putting the pieces in place – how Sistema earned a foothold in England

February 28, 2012


It is admittedly very difficult to envision music education as a whole, let alone Sistema, being embraced in some extremely conservative fiscal and philosophical environments – but not impossible. But as England has demonstrated, being reasonable, realistic and respectful has paid dividends.