Project Update

It is my pleasure to announce that I was invited to present my research paper Globalizing El Sistema at the ISME World Conference on Music Education, which took place in Porto Alegre, Brazil from July 20-25, 2014.   The International Society for Music Education (ISME) peer-reviews all conference submissions with an international review panel, and my paper was accepted!  Additionally, my paper will be published in the Conference Proceedings (a refereed publication with ISBN), which required an additional round of screening.  It was an honor to share my research with this international group of music education professionals.

About the Study

In the past five years, El Sistema has become a worldwide phenomenon.  These El Sistema inspired programs have been identified over in 50 countries around the globe and over 25 states in the US.  But due to the quick growth of the El Sistema movement, associated research has not kept up with program growth.  Only a handful of studies and publications have specifically examined the El Sistema movement in Venezuela, the United States, and a few international programs. This study was part of a Master’s terminal research project called Globalizing El Sistema, conducted by Lauren Silberman, a graduate of the Arts and Administration Program at the University of Oregon.  Work has concluded on this project, and the findings are reported on below.

Final Report

The Final Report for the project can be downloaded from UO Scholar’s Bank at:


Final Presentation

A video recording of the final presentation can be found at:


The password for this video is: aad2013mrp

This study is part of a research project called "Globalizing El Sistema" conducted by Lauren Silberman.