View Full Version : All LA Metro L.A. Philharmonic announces a joint initiative to provide first-rate music instruction in underserved communities

10-05-2011, 10:31 AM
From L.A. Times (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-1005-phil-20111005,0,1393422.story) by Reed Johnson:
In recent years, both with its money and its reputation, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has endorsed the principles of Venezuela's El Sistema national music training program. The Phil set up a Los Angeles youth orchestra partially modeled on El Sistema, and hired the program's star graduate, Gustavo Dudamel, to be the orchestra's music director.

Now the L.A. Phil is following El Sistema's lead again.

On Tuesday, the orchestra announced that it is partnering with Bard College in upstate New York and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., to launch a joint musical education initiative that will aim to combine first-rate musical instruction with the broader goal of serving underserved community.

"Take a Stand," as the initiative is being called, will provide a platform of regular conferences and workshops for pioneering classical music educators across the United States, and will develop a pool of artistically accomplished, socially conscious music teachers through a new Masters of Arts in Teaching degree program that will be developed by the Longy conservatory.

In an interview Monday, Deborah Borda, the L.A. Phil's president and chief executive, said that the new initiative was inspired by a number of the key principles behind El Sistema (The System), which has provided music lessons to about 400,000 youths particularly those from Venezuela's teeming urban barrios and spawned imitators around the globe.

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