ISME World conference submission deadline extension
In case you missed it, the deadline for submissions for posters and presentations was extended to November 1st so there is now just two weeks left to submit for the World conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from July 20 to 25th 2014. We have some excellent submissions relating to Sistema inspired projects but there is always room for more and, of course, we are all interested in other areas or music education related work so do share what you are doing by submitting a poster or a presentation or a workshop www.isme.org
Sistema England has secured a grant from Youth Music to spotlight best practice. Building on lessons learned from their visit to Venezuela in January 2013, colleagues from a number of English projects will be evaluating the changes they made to their own programmes after applying some of what they learned from seeing Sistema in action. Over the next year they will be exploring and evaluating further adjustments. The intention is to produce podcasts and share information through social media. Watch this space for further information. www.ihse.org.uk
Superar Austria is coordinating an El Sistema European Development Project (ESEDP) which, together with colleagues from Italy and England will provide support for colleagues throughout Europe, train teachers and provide further networking opportunities. More news to follow in due course. http://superar.eu/
We are also looking at calendars for 2014 and planning events so do share anything that you are doing.
The attached October issue of The Ensemble focuses on a two day meeting about the U.S. El Sistema-inspired movement that happened recently in Cambridge, Mass. The front page is dedicated to this topic and invites you to read all the notes from the meeting [http://goo.gl/xhkM90] and jump into follow-up conversations about the subjects that were raised. The authors hope you will put your energy into emerging efforts to activate participation in the national movement, and join in nationally-focused projects that raise the level of all our programs. As the article states: "We advance together, or we struggle alone."
This reflects the spirit of El Sistema I have experienced throughout the world – what unites colleagues, stemming from the example set by the Venezuelans, is an openness and willingness to share freely, to collaborate with a generosity of spirit for the greater good.
Richard J Hallam MBE
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