Dear National Alliance Members,
Last month we wrote to you as we were knee-deep in our strategic planning process and board development. Our eyes were a little bit bigger than the task of prioritizing the services and information which would best assist our members in the sustainability of existing initiatives, encouraging new initiatives, and garnering wider support for El Sistema-inspired programs nationally. Our Vice-Chair, Richard Mukamal, lead our strategic management committee in creating a sound plan to help us develop new initiatives while building upon the hard work of others in the field. As we develop these initiatives, we will need your active participation and feedback to ensure that we respond in real time to your needs. Richard could not have pulled off this enormous task without the help of the committee from the Board: Mark Churchill, Laura Jekel, Camille Kolles, and Anna Klimala-Pietraszko.
We are very happy to introduce our first three initiatives, of many to come:
NAESIP Job Bank
The new Job Bank is a national resource of job opportunities and will occasionally post international positions. You’ll find teaching and administrative jobs at all levels, while connecting those passionate about social development through music education to opportunities in your programs.
To submit a job to this database, simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link and/or PDF description of the administrative and/or teaching positions you have. I encourage you all to submit any open positons before Monday, June 3rd, before we publicly announce this resource to the field.
NAESIP Monthly Conference Calls
This summer (June through August), we plan to focus on program development and evaluation/research through a series of monthly conference calls. This will be an opportunity to talk with the most experienced leaders and researchers in the United States that are familiar with the development of El Sistema initiatives in the country. I would encourage you all to participate in these calls. There will be plenty of opportunities to share and learn from one another. Daniel Trahey (OrchKids Director) will lead the first call on program development and Dr. Steven Holochwost (Researcher at WolfBrown) will lead the first call on evaluation and research. We will soon announce the the entire summer schedule, but want you to set aside the following dates and times to participate. A reminder with conference call information will be supplied one week in advance.
- Program Development w/ Dan Trahey – Tuesday, June 11th – 11:30am-1pm EST
- Evaluation & Research w/ Dr. Steven Holochwost – Monday, June 25th – 11:30am-1pm EST
José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema, has often said that “El Sistema is not a system but a process.” He encourages all of us not to copy the work of El Sistema but to create solutions that fit the needs of our own communities throughout the United States and the world. In that spirit, we encourage all of the El Sistema inspired programs (the Process) to contribute to the Repertoire+Resource initiative by sharing repertoire, organizational documents, evaluation/research, and readings you have found to be helpful in your journey. It will be as useful as we all make it through our contributions. Here are several examples of what we are looking for:
- Musical arrangements
- Evaluation/Assessment reports
- Organizational documents like sample budgets, contracts, logic models, and successful grant applications.
- Articles, essays, and speeches
- Suggested books
- Curriculum & teaching resources
Email repertoire as PDFs or MIDIs, and resources as WORD documents or PDFs to email@example.com
Stanford Thompson, Chair
National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs