We are located in an area of the Bronx where we noticed that hard working families particularly the children, during the summer months were not engaged in constructive activities.
Inspired by groups like All City Orchestra, Bronx Borough Wide Orchestra, Uhuru Sasa, the New Muse and by caring, excellent artists who encouraged us while growing up in an urban community, Nioka Workman and Clifton Anderson have created the Music For The People programs.
Our art programs are affordable and low cost. It is our mission to increase an appreciation for music, education and the healing benefits that music has on the human soul, in urban communities.
"Bringing the community together through music". We involve all people ages 3yr. to 70+, in exploring and learning music, attending performances and experiencing the joy of sharing music with others.
“Listen, observe and do”… Music technique is introduced through games and ‘hands on’ experiences to our younger students. Our programs like Rainbowlab and our Suzuki Suite cultivate creativity, listening skills and coordination in each student.
Top notch instruction by professional teaching artists is provided to students at any age and musical level. All students are encouraged to study music and learn at their own pace. Our teaching artists use positive reinforcement and encouragement to help students see music as a positive, fun experience.
Music For The People programs include exploratory music programs, instrument instruction, ensemble groups, professional music division, workshops, orchestra, band, private lessons available in any instrument including brass, winds, strings, piano, voice and guitar. We also run a Neighborhood Concert series that includes students, professionals and community musicians.
Within a short period of time, our program has grown from an idea into a blossoming community music program for ages 3 to 70+.
Music For The People
Summer 2015: We started a 10 week long summer session with 8 participant ages 3 to 70 +Instructors taught private Suzuki violin, cello, traditional strings, piano and clarinet lessons.
Fall 2015: A string ensemble workshop was added. 4 violins and 3 cellos joined the Community vocal group and performed Classical Music, Traditional Holiday Songs and Blues in a culminating December Holiday Sing concert. We served a total of 12 participants for 10 weeks.
Winter 2016: A Piano Workshop and a music appreciation initiative for ages 3-5 yrs. called Rainbowlab started in January 2016. Rainbowlab teamed up with Preschool Rock, directed by Chanon Judson, Jamie and Mr. Dee offering music, dance and art . Private Suzuki violin, cello, recorder, traditional strings and piano instruction for all ages is offered as part of an 8 week session.
Spring 2016: Marvin Dolly, teaching artist with Bailey's Cafe joined Music For The People to teach guitar. Trumpet/trombonist/Pianist John S. Williams, Violin/Violist Tracey Dixon and Maryam Blacksher create a violin studio with Music For The People.
Summer 2016: We had a summer Violin/Cello studio. Shed- A small chamber ensemble of 7, consisting of 2 violins, viola, 2 celli, bass and guitar performed Classical and Blues repetoire. The Firey Strings Company offered a series of summer workshops for professional string players.
Fall/Winter 2016-2017: Teaching artist J.S Williams opened his studio with Music For The People offering lessons in piano, trumpet and trombone on Mondays at Bailey's Cafe. Preschool Rock, directed by Chanon Judson, Jamie and Mr. Dee offering music, dance and art continues on Saturdays. Private Suzuki violin, cello, recorder, traditional strings and piano instruction for all ages is offered as part of an 8 week session.
Spring/Summer 2017: Teaching artist Dana Hanchard opened her studio with Music For The People offering lessons in voice and giving vocal workshops. J.S. Williams continues teaching piano, trumpet and trombone . Violin and Viola essons are given by Maryam Blacksher. Private Suzuki violin, cello, recorder, clarinat, sax, drums, traditional strings and piano instruction for all ages is offered as part of an 8 week session.
Here is what our students are saying;
"Thank you for such a lovely time. And for making sure regular folks get a chance to explore music. It is so deeply a part of how we live our lives as a family. And it's important how we do it. The paramount value being the community thing. It's most fun when we get to do just what you put together Saturday!"- Tandum/Noshi/Cashi
Photo Credits: Discovery Day, Firey Strings Company/Baileys Cafe