Take a Stand
Take a Stand, a unique partnership between the Longy School of Music of Bard College, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Bard College, is focused on enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in the El Sistema movement in the United States. The three partner organizations seek to investigate the question, “What can a conservatory, a college, and world-class orchestra do to enhance the social footprint of music and education in the United States?” By leveraging the specialized capacity of each of its partners, Take a Stand is creating a force for change that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The Longy School of Music of Bard College launched the first degree-granting program inspired by El Sistema in the world, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Music in 2013. Housed at the Heart of Los Angeles Community center, the site of one of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s El Sistema-inspired programs, the MAT provides its students with an onsite practicum—a rare opportunity to teach and learn in one place. Combining this learning lab approach with fieldwork in El Sistema-inspired programs and public schools throughout the region, the MAT provides a highly focused curriculum designed to prepare a new generation of educators committed to the values of El Sistema.