03. January 11, 2012

3. January 11, 2012 

Discussing Stage 1 of “Getting Started Developing an Association
(Wednesday January 11, 2012 – 11:30am EST)

Call Participants:
Jennifer Kessler: Abreu Fellow (Boston, MA)
Scott Gelband: Seattle Music Partners (Seattle, WA)
Stanford Thompson: Play On, Philly! (Philadelphia, PA)
Talya Lieberman: Play On, Philly! (Philadelphia, PA)
Loiuse Ghandi: Verdugo Young Musicians Association (Pasadena, CA)
Bob Fielder: People’s Music School; Yours Project (Chicago, IL)
Louise Lanzilotti: Kalikolehua – El Sistema Hawaii (Hawaii)
Elisabeth Babcock: Crittenton Women’s Union (Boston, MA)

(Louise Lanzilotti: Most of the way through our conversation, my iPad crashed and killed the detailed minutes I was writing! Ack. However, I will attempt to summarize more briefly what went on in the conversation. Please add your two cents on the website if I left anything out.)

We discussed how we would define membership based on a variety of characteristics that programs share – social change mission, working with “at risk” children (also stated as “serving children regardless of need”), number of hours weekly, types of music taught, group learning, peer teaching and learning. It became clear that all of those on the call want to focus on the inspiration of El Sistema as core to the group.

We also discussed how we would want an association to serve our needs. Important factors include group data collection, group evaluation opportunities, large funding opportunities, advocacy, training, group resources, networking. 

Characteristics of ES inspired organizations
Scott – second paragraph from vision statement that Stan had read aloud to us; music as transformative, instrument for social change,

Bob – free, group instruction as central model, orchestra, consistency of training in both pedagogy and philosophy, intense immersion, balance between musical excellence and social change

Louise – programs offered regardless of need

Stan – peer teaching and learning

Opinions on the larger family, such as auxiliary members, key additional players

Louise – university music programs, orchestras, youth orchestras, corporate partners, students

Scott – programs like his that may do less than the entire definition for membership, but would like to be included on some level 

These auxiliary members would not be voting members, but interested parties needing to be informed about the work. 

Action items before the next call

1. We will all respond to a survey about characteristics of core membership and priorities for core outcomes, and possibly some other questions.

2. Stan will share the documents from former meetings of the nucleo network, including a draft vision statement and a draft mission statement.

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