Last Friday, we welcomed author and educator, Tricia Tunstall, to speak to our new and returning teachers as part of our first pre-program Teacher Training Workshop of the new school year.
Tunstall’s recent book, Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music, tells the story of Venezuela’s internationally renowned model of music education and its most famous ambassador, L.A. Philharmonic conductor, Gustavo Dudamel.
Tricia has traveled the world sharing her studies of El Sistema, its methods, and its impact, and she offered our teachers valuable insights into the ways in which they can adapt to their classrooms El Sistema’s holistic approach to teaching.
In addressing the adaptability of El Sistema to other cultures, Tunstall told us that each El Sistema-inspired music program is distinct from the others. She characterized the Harmony Program as driven by “a tremendous and beautiful ambition to reach very far and very high.”
Tricia also expressed excitement about working with our teachers in the workshop setting. “I’d love to see them be pioneers in figuring out how the principles of El Sistema can catch fire here,” she said. “They are out there experimenting, and they’re the ones who will really figure out what El Sistema will look like in the United States.”