Following on from his groundbreaking study of Venezuela’s El Sistema, Baker offers a courageous and unsettling exploration of Social Action Through Music, based mainly on a case study of the Red de Escuelas de Música in Medellín, Colombia. It is a profound and lively examination of this important as well as complex issue. Wide-ranging in its analysis, honest, and wise, it is indispensable reading for all those interested in the discussion around the social impact of making music.
Dr Graça Mota
Former chair of the El Sistema Special Interest Group at the International Society for Music Education. Research Centre in Psychology of Music and Music Education, Porto Polytechnic
Social action through music is inescapably complex, and Baker successfully unravels critical intricacies with a rare combination of detail and clarity… The inquiry is ruthlessly honest, but not needlessly so: the text is an objective but appropriately appreciative account of the work in Medellín, bolstered by a highly-informed exploration that gives it international relevance…, offering guidance, insight and even inspiration.
"Book review: Rethinking Social Action Through Music: The Search for Coexistence and Citizenship in Medellín’s Music Schools". The Strad (0039-2049), 2021.