Registration Opens February 2017
Open to all, the 2017 Take a Stand Symposium will bring together leaders, teachers, researchers, and key stakeholders from around the world with a vested interest in the El Sistema movement and progressive practices in music education. Coinciding with the tenth anniversary of YOLA and fifth anniversary of the Masters of Arts in Teaching in Music degree program, participants will address and reflect on past, present, and future issues facing the field. Key focal areas will include teaching & learning, research & evaluation, and excellence & inclusion. Participants will also have the unique opportunity to interact with student National Take a Stand Festival participants, and attend their culminating performance led by Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Check back here for ongoing updates, or sign up below to receive email notifications. Interested attendees can begin booking accommodations at the Biltmore Los Angeles by clicking here. (Note: when booking travel, please keep in mind that an optional pre-session at a YOLA site will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 19.)
Explore Previous Conferences
Re-live our last five conferences through videos, photos and notes.
- 2015 Take a Stand Symposium
- 2014 Take a Stand Symposium
- 2013 Future Play Symposium
- 2012 Take a Stand Symposium
- 2010 YOLA Symposium
QUESTIONS? Call 213.972.0705 or email YOLA@laphil.org.
Take a Stand – a partnership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bard College, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College – is an innovative initiative that supports social change through music. Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s revolutionary music education program, Take a Stand supports the field through national conferences and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music degree program.