Social Action Through Music at OCU (MUED 2071)

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Announcing a new course for OCU students and learning opportunity for El Sistema-inspired music educators.  

El Sistema: Social Action Through Music (MUED 2071) 
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About the Course: 

Social action through music refers to the ideal that 21st century musicians play a part as leaders in the development of a thriving civil society. This course prepares musicians to envision artistic careers that create public value, transform communities, and dignify the human condition. The course focuses on the philosophy and practice of El Sistema, Venezuela’s revolutionary music education program. The course meets every Monday at 11 a.m.

Qualified students may also seek guided internships (optional) with El Sistema Oklahoma, a program of the Wanda L. Bass School of Music and St. Luke's United Methodist Church. The "open-source" course will be made available via video webcast to music educators across the United States and internationally.

Learning Objectives:

-Students will learn to discern the practical and affective capacities of music through critical thinking and practical immersion into its social, philosophical, ethical, and spiritual constructs as exemplified by El Sistema and other relevant 21st century models and frameworks.
-Develop preliminary aptitudes for teaching and learning in community arts education settings; and advocating for music as an instrument for social transformation.
-Envision new and innovative self-concepts for professional engagement as musicians, citizens, artists, and scholars.

Instructor: Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada, M.Mus. 
Sistema Fellow '12 (New England Conservatory) 

Fall 2013 Syllabus and Readings upon request.

*If you are not an OCU students but would like to learn more about how to partake in the course via informal distance-learning (non-credit), email the instructor at

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