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ESUSA Teaching Artist Forum: Navigating Culturally Responsive Repertoire in Music Classrooms

Delve into the nuanced world of selecting and integrating culturally responsive repertoire into your El Sistema-inspired learning space. Understand the…

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Teaching Artist Forum: Classroom Management and Student Supports

Hear from the perspectives of a panel of peer Teaching Artists representing 4 different El Sistema-inspired organizations across the country…

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Backwards Design Lesson Planning – Slides from November 2023 Teaching Artist Forum

"View the slides from the November 2023 Teaching Artist Forum on Backwards Design Lesson Planning. Prepared by Anna Barson, Managing…

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Program Design: The Critical Piece That Impacts Everything We Do – Slides from November 2023 Program Director/Manager Round Table Forum

"View the slides from the November 2023 Program Director/Manager Forum on Program Design: The Critical Piece That Impacts Everything We…

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ESUSA Youth Ambassador Program Informational Webinar

El Sistema USA is proud to announce the launch of the 2024 Youth Ambassador (YA) Program. ESUSA will select ten…

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2023 Pathways to College Webinar, Presented by ESUSA and The Peabody Institute

Are you a student considering a college major in music or music education? Or a parent, Teaching Artist, or Program…

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Strategic Planning Webinar

Design & Implementation of Strategic Plans ESUSA was proud to host a webinar on design and implementation of strategic plans…

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Child Abuse Prevention Forum

Child sexual abuse is an issue that can affect any organization that works with children. El Sistema programs can be…

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Partner Discount Webinar with Things 4 Strings & Conn Selmer

ESUSA was joined by partners, Things 4 Strings and Conn Selmer to hear about the exclusive benefits you can receive as an…

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Instructions to Access Things 4 Strings Benefits

Things 4 Strings line of durable and award-winning accessories was created by teachers for teachers: Bow Hold Buddies and Hold…

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2022 Peabody Scholarship Webinar with ESUSA Alumni at Peabody and Peabody Staff

We are excited to announce that ESUSA will continue its partnership with The Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University…

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Hear My Song Score: Composed by Dom Jones

This piece was composed by Dom Jones as part of El Sistema USA and The Canales Project's Hear Her Song…

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Hear Her Song Premiere

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, this project commissioned female composers from Hear Her Song to arrange…

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Someday Score: Composed by Faye Chiao

This piece was composed by Faye Chiao as part of El Sistema USA and The Canales Project's Hear Her Song…

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PB&J Score: Composed by Faye Chiao

This piece was composed by Faye Chiao as part of El Sistema USA and The Canales Project's Hear Her Song…

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Without Doubt Score: Composed by Madeline Myers

This piece was composed by Madeline Myers as part of El Sistema USA and The Canales Project's Hear Her Song…

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You and I: Composed by Morley

This piece was composed by Morley Shanti Kamen as part of El Sistema USA and The Canales Project's Hear Her…

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Creating Inclusive Music Classrooms and Ensembles

Facilitated by Vivian Gonzalez, this session will include best practices for inclusion using Universal Design and appropriate behavior strategies. Playing…

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National Endowment for the Arts Webinar on Grant Funding

El Sistema USA® hosted an informal chat with Denise Brandenburg, Arts Education Specialist, about applying for funding from the National…

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College Conversations: Creative Youth Voice – Collective Composition

Join us to hear from students from some of our ESUSA member organizations on how their student voice is amplified…

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Community Centric Data Summary

In this session, research teams from El Sistema NJ and Butler University will discuss their experiences and lessons learned with…

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Assessing the State of EDIB in the Field: SphinxLEADers Roundtable

Members from the SphinxLEAD program discuss their perspectives on the field's standing with EDIB initiatives. The panel evaluates how leaders…

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Inclusion in Band and Orchestra

Presented by United Sound

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New Paths to Social Change Through Music

This session features the voices of three programs doing innovative work with Creative Youth Development: Art As Mentorship, Re:Frame Youth…

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Roberto Zambrano – From Venezuela to USA The Kim Noltemy Young Musicians Program, Dallas – Tocar y Luchar!

Maestro Roberto Zambrano shares his experience on his El Sistema journey that began in Venezuela and how The Kim Notelmy…

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2022 Symposium and College Conversations: ESUSA Alumni Panel – Their Experience

As part of the 2022 National Symposium and College Conversations, ESUSA hosted an alumni panel consisting of recent graduates from…

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2022 Symposium and College Conversations: HBCU Panel – Authentic Inclusivity

Creating growth in music education and performance at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, this unique panel of music educators, performers…

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Therapeutic Tools for Transition: Inner Work and Classroom Strategies for Connection

2021 has been a year of tumult and transition for many of us: whether shifting between in-person and virtual instruction,…

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El Sistema USA®‘s Child Protection Policy

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Socioemotional Learning

This was a continuation of last month’s SEL conversation. Topics covered included: What SEL topics do you teach? Is SEL…

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2020-2021 Research Report

El Sistema USA partners annually with Duke University's Bass Connections Team to conduct research to support the field. Included is…

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Music as a Global Resource: Solutions for Cultural, Social, Health, Educational, Environmental, and Economic Issues

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Decentering Dominant Culture in Curriculum and Developing Student Voice in Teaching Practice

As educators striving to work toward equity, we know that it’s not just about what we teach, it’s about how…

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April 23 Public School Partnerships-Looking Ahead to Summer and Fall

Come share with each other your program plans as we explore potential programming for the 2021 summer and fall. How…

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Sustainability and Long-Term Financial Stability, Part 2: Program & Curriculum

This will be the second part of the Sustainability and Long-Term Financial Stability series. We will have a roundtable discussion…

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Chief Executives Forum – Equitable Fundraising: Recognizing White Domination in Development

Stan Thompson, Facilitator and Liz Moulthrop, Paterson Music Project, co-facilitator from the Symposium session and Member of the El Sistema…

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Sustainability and Long-Term Financial Stability Part I: Administration

"Join us as we share our own fundraising practices to date and explore the possibilities of community-centric fundraising in the…

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Music – A Tool for Good

Join us for welcoming remarks from the new board chair for El Sistema USA, Dr. Armand Hall, President and CEO…

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Anti-Racist and Equity-Centered Resources

This resource was a collaborative effort and will continue to be expanded. We are thankful to the following contributors who…

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Music Enrichment Programs Improve the Neural Encoding of Speech in At-Risk Children

Written by: Nina Kraus, Jessica Slater, Elaine C. Thompson, Jane Hornickel, Dana L. Strait, Trent Nicol, and Travis White-Schwoch

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Music Education as a Path to Positive Youth Development: An El Sistema-Inspired Program

Written by: Michelle Marie Hospital, Staci Leon Morris, Eric F. Wagner, Eva Wales

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New evidence of the benefits of arts education

Written by: Brian Kisida and Daniel H. Bowen

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The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies

Written by: James S. Catterall, University of California Los Angeles, with Susan A. Dumais, Louisiana State University, and Gillian Hampden-Thompson,…

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Building Strengths, Buffering Risk: Evaluating the Effects of El Sistema-Inspired Music Programs in the United States

Written by: Drs. Steven J. Holochwost, Dennie Palmer Wolf, and Judith Hill Bose, Principal Investigators

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El Sistema and Sistema-Inspired Programmes: A Literature Review of research, evaluation, and critical debates

Written by: Andrea Creech, Patricia Gonzalez-Moreno, Lisa Lorenzino, Grace Waitman, with Laurea Bates, Ariel Swan, Ruben de Jesus Carillo Mendez,…

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Music to my ears: The (many) socioeconomic benefits of music training programmes

Written by: José Cuesta

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The Effects of Musical Training on Child Development: a Randomized Trial of El Sistema in Venezuela

Written by: Xiomara Alemán, Suzanne Duryea, Nancy G. Guerra, Patrick J. McEwan, Rodrigo Muñoz, Marco Stampini, Ariel A. Williamson

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You Matter – Embracing How Much and Why You Matter to Yourself, Your Community, and the World!

"Join us for our closing keynote address by Matthew Emerzian. In a world full of uncertainty and social isolation for…

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Networking Session with the Suzuki Association of the Americas

"Join us for a networking session with members of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and El Sistema USA. Both…

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Mission Driven Music Teaching: A Toolkit

We will be introducing a collection of practical tools for individuals and organizations invested in youth development through music. We…

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ESUSA Annual Meeting and Census Presentation

Please join us for the annual open meeting of the Board of Directors of El Sistema USA. We'll review our…

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Noteflight – Learn: Composition and Performance Assessment

Join us as Noteflight provides a demonstration of their program. Did you know that ESUSA organizations receive a FREE subscription?…

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Demo Zone – Open Curtain

Open Curtain is a new streaming platform, created with school and creative youth development programs in mind! Open Curtain is…

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Social Curriculum: Beyond Social Growth

This workshop will explore how to create engaging, effective, and creative teaching activities integrating musical and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). Sistema…

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Building a Thriving Virtual Community: Celebrating our Diverse-City

KKIT staff discuss their successes and slip ups as they navigate through the new world of virtual learning in the…

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Networking dinner with members of the ESUSA Board of Directors

Bring your dinner and a drink and join us for a networking session with members of the El Sistema USA…

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College and Summer Festival Panel Discussion for Teaching Artists, Students, Administrators and Parents!

Please join us to hear from Colleges, Universities, Conservatories, and Festivals about opportunities for prospective students! A facilitated panel discussion…

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Enhancing student and family engagement through meaningful programming: Reimagining the future of Tocando

The Tocando Music After-school Program located on the U.S.-Mexico Border serves two distinct underresourced communities, one urban the other rural.…

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El Sistema USA Regional Group Meet Up

"Come catch up with your ESUSA colleagues from your region. We'll gather as a field, and then break up into…

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ESUSA Virtual Working Groups – Public School Partnerships – Real Talk with Public School Partners

"What are public school partners considering as they prepare to fund and prioritize in this coming year? We’ll hear from…

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ESUSA Virtual Working Groups – Equity Centered Pedagogy

This session is part two of our series on building structures of belonging and equity within our El Sistema-inspired programs.…

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ESUSA Virtual Working Groups – Third Friday Forum – “Then.Now.Next.”

We'll be holding breakout sessions to look at how the changes we've made from "THEN" to "NOW" are affecting our…

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March 27: Toolkit for public school partnerships and supporting your public school partners during the pandemic

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PRESTO Partnership Presentation

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Finances Below the Surface

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Getting Started on a Development Plan

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El Sistema USA’s Equity Centered Pedagogy Working Group Recording & Notes

Members of El Sistema USA met in late February to review the Framework El Sistema USA's Equity Centered Pedagogy Working…

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Instructions to Access Noteflight Benefits

El Sistema USA is excited to announce that we have partnered with Noteflight to provide a Noteflight Learn site for…

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Webinar: Collective Composition 4 with Dr. Armand Hall

Access to the Webinar Recording and presentation slides.

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Webinar: Myka Miller on Development Worksheet & Questionnaire

Please slso see Myka Miller's Webinar in our Video Library.

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Webinar: Handout – Grant Writing Tips for El Sistema Programs

Supplemental materials for "Grant  Writing Tips for El Sistema Programs" - please also see Mike Angell's full Presentation, available, here,…

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Student Registration Letter Template

This is a sample Student Registration Letter and can be modified to suit your organization's needs.

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Nucleo Business Plan Template

This ESUSA Continuing Education reference document is a Nucleo Business Plan Template which you may modify to suit your organization's…

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Member Seal Files

THE “PROUD MEMBER OF EL SISTEMA USA” SEAL Terms of  Use: The ESUSA Member Seal designates your program as part…

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Teaching Artist Job Description Template

This Teaching Artist Job Description Template can be modified to meet your program's specific needs.

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Instrument Take-Home Contract Template

This Template provided by El Sistema USA Continuing Education can be modified to suit your organization's needs.

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El Sistema USA Guiding Principles

This document, created by two members of the 1st class of Abreu Fellows (Mark Churchill and Eric Booth), outlines the…

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A Guide to Starting Your Own El Sistema Program

First, we hope that you reach out to us for guidance if you are considering starting your own El Sistema-inspired…

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“The Collective Impact of Longy’s Sistema Side by Side Program”

"The Collective Impact of Longy's Side by Side Program" with Karen Zorn, President of Longy School of Music, Jorge Soto,…

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“Time for your Checkup” Christine Taylor

"Time for your checkup: using the Guiding Principles to miantain the health of your program and measure its impact within…

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“The Power of Sistema Alliances” Tricia Tunstall, Melina Garcia

This presentation explored the benefits, challenges, and collective impact of forming alliances between El Sistema USA programs and other programs…

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“Student-Led Learning and Initiatives” Hermes Camacho

"The Collective Impact of Longy's Side by Side Program" with Karen Zorn, President of Longy School of Music, Jorge Soto,…

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“Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth” Helen Eaton

This presentation was led by Helen Eaton, CEO of Settlement Music School. The Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) began…

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Musical Excellence: Rethinking Our Definition

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“Holistic Youth Development Through Music” Sara Zanussi

"Holistic Youth Development Through Music"  with Sara Zanussi, Founder and Executive Programming Director of ComMUSICation. Drawing examples from a choral…

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“Evaluating an El Sistema Program” Anna Pietraszko, Michelle Hospital, Eva Wales

"Evaluating and Measuring the Impact of an El Sistema-inspired Program: Strategies and Findings from a University-Community Partnership" with Eva Wales,…

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“Bucket Band Basics” Brian Prechtl, Dan Trahey

Bucket Band Basics, with Brian Prechtl, Teaching Artist at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids and Dan Trahey, Artistic Director of Baltimore…

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Fundraising Through a Crisis

In this session, participants will learn what to expect and how to adapt when trying to raise money during a…

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All Change! – exploring European Sistema strategies at a time of challenge

Come join members of Sistema Europe as they share some amazing projects they have done. We shall hear from: Bosnia…

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Engaging Young Musicians: Positive Youth Development in Music Education

Music community-based arts programming is the perfect medium for implementing a youth-centered, youth-development approach to working with young people. Building…

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Networking Cocktail Hour with the National Instrumentalist Mentoring + Advancement Network

The National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network (NIMAN) is a national coalition that works to align, promote, and develop equitable…

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Public School Partnerships – Focuses on Successes

An open discussion and exploration of the Tocando Music Project as a case study for El Sistema programs and public…

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Third Friday Forums – Evaluating Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Learning

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ESUSA Public School Partnerships Working Group – November 6th, 2020

An open discussion and problem-solving session where Baltimore's OrchKids acts as a case study for El Sistema programs and public…

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Equity Centered Pedagogy – Process of Change

Process of Change: An assets-based approach to structure and pedagogy in El Sistema-inspired programs. With special guests: Shaun Samuels and…

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Third Friday Forums – Back to School

In returning to school/programming, what went well and what didn't? What are your expectations for the transition from Fall to…

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Back to School: How do you take the chaos and make it into something productive?

Facilitators Kaitlyn Korogy (Community Opus Program Manager, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory) and Nick Skinner (Director of Operations, Baltimore…

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Open Meeting: ESUSA Public School Partnerships Working Group

Welcome to El Sistema USA at YOLA National at Home! Many El Sistema-inspired organizations have an interest in partnering with…

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ESUSA Third Friday Forum: Publicity/Messaging/Marketing

Welcome to El Sistema USA at YOLA National at Home! An open forum for participants to come together to share…

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Convergence of Innovation, Creativity, and Technology

Founder of the Collective Conservatory Dan Trahey and his team lead a session about how technique and innovation is the new composition…

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ESUSA Third Friday Forums – Board Development and Executive Succession Planning

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Thinking Outside of the Box: Using a Design-Thinking Approach for Virtual Program Creation

Monique Van Willingh facilitates a conversation with Jessica Zweig from Play On Philly centered on the use of a design-thinking approach to…

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Online Performances and Collective Recordings

Welcome to El Sistema USA at YOLA National at Home! El Sistema USA and the Longy School of Music of…

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Creative Teaching and Exploratory Online Learning

Continuing in our series of ideas and resources for teaching El Sistema-inspired programming online, ESUSA Board Member Monique Van Willingh…

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Monique Van Willingh and Robert Saunders: Virtual Classrooms & Synchronous Learning

Monique Van Willingh of the Longy School of Music at Bard College and Robert Saunders of the Miami Music Project…

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Project-Based Learning

Featured speakers Angelica Cortez, Christie Gray, and Cecille Elliot discuss an array of topics including preparing students for online summer…

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Setting up an Online Summer Program Structure for Your Organization Using Zoom

A discussion about setting up an online summer program structure for your organization using Zoom, featuring Monique Van Willingh, Robert…

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Asynchronous Online Learning and Social-Emotional Learning with the Amani Project

Co-founders Priya and Andrew Lewis of the Amani Project share their online music and SEL curriculum, which uses "choice boards”…

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El Sistema USA Equity Centered Pedagogy Working Group – Representation and Repertoire

A discussion centered around representation and repertoire featuring Armando Castellano of Quinteto Latino and Aisha Moody of the Atlanta Music Project.

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ESUSA Webinar: Third Friday Forums: Staffing / HR 101

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ESUSA Webinar: Third Friday Forums: Fundraising in Times of Crisis

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“Beginning to End: Creating a Curriculum and Getting Value from Evaluations” Rey Ramirez, David Dirlam

This presentation was led by Rey Ramirez, Program Director of Soundscapes and David Dirlam, Assessment Specialist, Soundscapes. Many El Sistema…

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“Equity in El Sistema Programs and the Success of Our Young Musicians” Adam Eccleston

"Equity in El Sistema Programs and the Success of our Young Musicians" with Adam Eccleston, Program Director of Bravo Youth…

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“Findings from the NEA funded study ‘Elements of Organizational Success in El Sistema inspired Programs’” Menna Mburi

The Duke University Bass Team, comprised of students, faculty, and staff from both El Sistema USA and the Duke University…

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ESUSA Webinar: Equity Centered Pedagogy: Equity, Technology and COVID-19

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ESUSA Webinar: Third Friday Forums: Leadership and Management, and Communication during the Pandemic

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Instructions to Access Conn Selmer Benefits

El Sistema USA and Conn-Selmer, Inc have renewed their partnership, continuing a relationship that launched in 2019. At the core…

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“Using Improvisation in Your Classroom”

“Between your students and the world: Creating Community Engagement that Sustains” This presentation from the 2019 El Sistema USA National…

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“Straight From The Source: Watch Venezuelan Teaching Excellence in Action”

“Straight From The Source: Watch Venezuelan Teaching Excellence in Action”​ This presentation from the 2019 El Sistema USA National Symposium…

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“Socio-Cultural Awareness and Culturally Responsive Teaching”

“Socio-Cultural Awareness and Culturally Responsive Teaching” This presentation from the 2019 El Sistema USA National Symposium was led by Monique…

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“Social Curriculum Development: Transitioning from Organic to Planned Outcomes”

“Social Curriculum Development: Transitioning from Organic to Planned Outcomes” This presentation from the 2019 El Sistema USA National Symposium was…

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“Marketing Your Heart Out”

“Marketing Your Heart Out: Materials that make a difference” This presentation from the 2019 El Sistema USA National Symposium was…

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“Social Change from Within: Learning Human Values Through Music”

“Social Change from Within: Learning Human Values Through Music” This presentation from the 2019 El Sistema USA National Symposium was…

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“Between your students and the world: Creating Community Engagement that Sustains”

“Between your students and the world: Creating Community Engagement that Sustains” This presentation from the 2019 El Sistema USA National…

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Webinar: Teaching Artistry in Sistema Teaching with Tricia Tunstall (November 2018)

Access to the Webinar Recording & Presentation.

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PRESTO Presentation “El Sistema 101”

“Join the PRESTO programs as they share valuable information about El Sistema from the field. From 2018-2021 El Sistema USA…

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Webinar: Sarah Bader on Building Positive Classrooms – March 2017

Access to the webinar recording and the presenter's presentation material. Password: 2NZZt-3-

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Webinar: Myka Miller on Developing a Fundraising Department – January 2018

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Webinar: Mike Angell on Grant Writing Tips for El Sistema Programs – April 2018

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Webinar: Ken Macleod on Creating Empowering Organizational Culture – February 2018

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Webinar: Eric Booth on Teaching – February 2017

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Webinar: Seth Truby on Fundraising – August 2017

Access to the webinar recording and the presenter's presentation material. Password: #!92dwR7

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Instructions to Access Arrangements of “Hear Our Song” from The Canales Project

El Sistema USA is thrilled to partner with The Canales Project to provide El Sistema USA Member Organizations arrangements of…

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Webinar: Youth-Led Models for Collaborative & Creative Engagement, Eddy Kwon (September 2018)

Access to the Webinar Recording, Presentation & Videos.

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Webinar: Emily Smith on Collective Composition Part 3 – July 2018

Access to the webinar recording and the presenter's materials.

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Webinar: Elizabeth Moulthrop & Pamela Palumbo on The Benevon Model – September 2017

Sadly, the recording of this webinar was corrupted, however access to the presenters' presentation materials is still available.

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Webinar: Dan Trahey on Collective Composition – May 2018

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Webinar: Camille Delaney-McNeil on Collective Composition Part 2 – June 2018

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Webinar: Sunshine Deffner on The Instrument Kit – March 2018

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The Duke SSRI / ESUSA 2017 Census Report

This 46-page report, titled "Elements of Organizational Success:  Understanding Differences in Structure and Values in El Sistema USA Programs," represents…

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“Student Panel and Performances”

The 2018 National Symposium closed with a session featuring a student led panel discussion and performances by Project Harmony Student…

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“Opening Remarks and Keynote Presentation”

The opening presentation of the 2018 National Symposium at Duke University featured Katie Wyatt, Executive Director of El Sistema USA,…

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