Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Music for People

The following reminded me of one little possibility or response to a recent series of film-clips showing musicians (representing artists in general) who connect with "the people" and those who don't. Of course, most who see this will be unable to participate. Yet, surely there may be some ideas inspired by this little happy effort.


Music for People is dedicated to re-vitalizing your music-making and promoting music as a means of self-expression. We offer music improvisation workshops throughout the year, as well as a four-year program called the Musicianship and Leadership Program (MLP) of which there are 83 graduates (Certified Facilitators). We operate through dedicated persons paying yearly membership and generous persons who make tax deductible donations.

Founded by cellist David Darling and flautist Bonnie Insull in 1986, Music for People is a not for profit organization that seeks to promote a humanistic approach to the way music is taught, performed, and appreciated. Its philosophy is embodied in a musical Bill of Musical Rights that profoundly respects the creative impulse in everyone.

Music for People was founded to fulfill a key missing element in the training of many skilled music students, and especially to call back to music those former students who were lost along the way, when the form of their music schooling became too filled with criticism and harshly communicated judgement. Music for People also strives to act as a catalyst in gathering people together to play and sing by creating safe environments in which they can explore music improvisation.

Our improvisation workshops are open to everyone — no matter what your musical background and experience. For the workshop schedule, see the Calendar page.

The activities we teach and our inclusive teaching philosophy are described in our book, Return to Child: Music for People's Guide to Improvising Music and Authentic Group Leadership. There is now new writing for the Musicianship and Leadership Program!

“Ten Questions” is a 28-page booklet the contains an integrated way of looking at the Return to Child techniques. It includes information on how to practice them, how to lead them, and what use the techniques are in forwarding one’s musicianship in the area of improvisation.

Music for People publishes a newsletter Connections twice a year for its members, helping them stay in touch with each other. Connections shares members' activities; the Calendar includes notices about workshops and gatherings; and the feature articles on music and improvisation offer inspiring tales of newfound musical delights, and more. Annual dues entitle MfP members to a year subscription to Connections as well as discounted tuition to all MfP workshops.

Music for People has benefited from the support of many generous contributors since its beginning. Continued financial support is critical to sustain the growth of both the organization and its work: the workshops, teacher certification program, and expanded member services. MfP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Make a donation to Music for People!

If you want to make improvisational music, we invite you to browse around this site and join us for a workshop.

See more photos and class listings. Even for non-musicians, there are ideas for connecting with others.

Music for People
May 18, 2010 ... MUSIC FOR PEOPLE BENEFIT CONCERT: ... "David Darling and the wonderful Music for People staff have created a fun, nurturing and creative ...

Music for People - Workshop Calendar
P. O. Box 397 • Goshen, CT 06756 • USA Toll free: (877) 44-MUSIC • Phone: (860) 491-3763. Ver. 2.20 • Updated : May 17, ...

Have fun taking a look...and why not more "music for people" events around the world?


Connie L. Nash said...

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urooj malik said...

Connie, thanks for sharing and its good to know that there are people in this world who are improvising the music for "PEOPLE". Its just wonderful.

Connie L. Nash said...

Dear Urooj,

I am also eager to hear your responses to everything. Your's are always alive as well as balanced and you are always learning, growing, transforming. How beautiful to watch your already mature, creative development become fuller every day.