Based on content developed through NEC’s five-year investment in the Sistema Fellows Program, a new 7-session career development opportunity is available this spring through NEC’s School of Continuing Education…
El Sistema Survey (Investigating Music Education for Social Change)
Instructor: Heath Marlow, Director, Sistema Fellowship Resource Center
What is El Sistema? Why is it important? This course will explore the history of El Sistema in Venezuela where, today, more than 500,000 young people—including many who cannot afford to pay for it—are participating in ensemble-based music education programming every day after school. We will delve into case studies of music education programs in the United States that are representative of the international spread of El Sistema’s inspiring story of success.
Participants will investigate concepts related to progressive education and social change theory, and gain insight into how arts education may be successfully used as a vehicle for youth development. Many organizations seeking to provide opportunities for underserved youth have been doing important youth development work for decades without claiming any connection to El Sistema. In fact, aspects of El Sistema’s philosophy can be found in a wide variety of youth arts programs in the Greater Boston Area.
Participants will select a local organization (can be their own) that provides arts education to youth as a vehicle for social change, and research how the organization successfully fulfills its mission. This research, conducted through interviews and site visits, includes investigation of curriculum and pedagogy, and exploration of organizational structure and culture.
For their final project, participants will determine what changes are necessary in order to make their selected organization align more completely with El Sistema’s essential elements. During the final class, participants will present their chosen organization to their peers through a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation. The instructor and guest experts who work in the field will evaluate these presentations.
Instructor permission required; contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule: Tuesdays, 5:00 - 7:00pm (7 sessions, beginning March 1)
Tuition: $250 (non-credit)
More career development course information: http://necmusic.edu/ce/performing-arts-leadership
Learn more about El Sistema and NEC’s Sistema Fellows Program: http://necmusic.edu/sistema