Giving Young People a Voice: El Sistema USA

by Amy Nathan “Music is my life. I will never stop playing cello,” says Vanessa Johnson, one of the young people whose early experiences with music are featured in the book The Music Parents’ Survival Guide, published in 2014. Since more than five years have passed since this book went to press, we are checking in … Continue reading Giving Young People a Voice: El Sistema USA

Summer is Coming–Go Study Music!

For you, summer might bring to mind different images, like clocking in at some nondescript job to earn extra cash, or perhaps cranking out a couple of classes for a degree program. Regardless, for most music students and professionals, summer is the season for something a little different.

The Opportunity for Myself < The Opportunities for Others

By Stanford Thompson Six years ago, I decided to take a completely different direction with my career that didn't exist. I had a couple of months of my undergraduate studies left and I had a couple of good options: a seat in a professional orchestra, offers to continue my education at the graduate school level, or … Continue reading The Opportunity for Myself < The Opportunities for Others