This page is devoted to materials from all disciplines that can augment community projects. It will continue to be updated. Something missing that you’d like to share? Email


Sistema Global has compiled a list of world-wide El Sistema programs, repertoire and research. Further, Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar (Venezuela)El Sistema USAEl Sistema MéxicoEl Sistema JapanSistema Europe, Sistema AustraliaBatuta (Colombia), El Sistema Argentina, and NEOJIBA (Bahia, Brazil) include networking resources, job postings, news, and more for their respective constituencies.

The YOLA Resource Library includes sample schedules from YOLA programs, arts education research, essays, a blog from Venezuela and more.

The Ensemble is a monthly newsletter reporting the latest developments in the U.S. El Sistema movement: Tricia Tunstall, Editor; Eric Booth, Publisher.

Professional Development

Conscious Discipline is a longtime leader in integrating classroom management and social-emotional learning. Conscious Discipline empowers adults to consciously respond to daily conflict, transforming it into an opportunity to teach critical life skills to children.

ENVoY-Classroom Management program through Michael Grinder and Associates provides training in non-verbal communication skills that positively influence the teacher-student relationship.

Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM) and the Longy School of Music of Bard College both offer Master of Arts in Teaching programs centered around El Sistema-inspired programs.

Teaching with Love and Logic offers a positive approach for classroom discipline and time-tested ideas and strategies that empower teachers to effectively manage classroom dynamics while bringing the joy back to teaching.

Reading List

Booth, Eric. The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Borzacchini, Chefi. Venezuela en El Cielo de los Escenarios. Caracas: Fundación Bancaribe, 2010.

Boyle, Gregory. Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. New York: Free Press, 2010.

Crutcherfield, Leslie and Heather Mcleod Grant. Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-impact Nonprofits. 2nd edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012.

Duke, Robert. Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction. Austin, TX: Learning and Behavior Resources, 2005.

Jensen, Eric. Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2009.

Levitin, Daniel J. This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession. New York: Penguin, 2006. 309

Madsen, William C. Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families. 2nd edition. New York: The Guilford Press, 2007.

McGoldrick, Monica. Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture, and Gender in Clinical Practice. 2nd edition. New York. The Guilford Press, 2008.

Ries, Eric. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. New York: Crown Publishing,

Rohnke, Karl and Butler, Steve. Quicksilver: Adventure Games, Initiative Problems, Trust Activities and a Guide to Effective Leadership. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 1995.

Tarrow, Sydney. Power in Movement: Social Movements, Collective Action and Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Tough, Paul. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

Tunstall, Tricia. Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music. New York: W. W. Norton, 2012.