The Youth Music Project is excited to partner with some of Oregon’s finest musicians to take music education directly into area schools with our music assemblies program. Our assemblies are a great way to treat students in your school to a moving experience while meeting Oregon State Standards for music and arts education.
This year, YMP will feature two different presentation options from Aaron Meyer and Norman Sylvester. Both artists have extensive experience presenting engaging educational assemblies in school districts throughout the Northwest. With grant support, the Youth Music Project is able to provide educational music assemblies for schools free of charge (a $950 value). Schools are limited to one assembly per school year (Aaron Meyer or the Norman Sylvester Band), and presentations are scheduled on a first come first served basis.Aaron Meyer, Concert Rock Violinist, presents the Classical Crossover Assembly program. The Classical Crossover Music Education Program is a 40-minute assembly-style program (this program can be shortened or extended) where classically-trained violinist Aaron Meyer demonstrates the connections and differences between Classical Music and his own original, modern music, using a traditional violin and a modern electric violin with digital studio effects. Meyer integrates music history into the presentation, and introduces the physical science properties that govern the acoustic violin and sound. He then demonstrates how this works with the sophisticated, computer-controlled studio equipment he brings with him. Meyer performs throughout the presentation, showing how his original compositions begin with classical music and utilize modern methods of improvisation. Meyer then takes questions from students. A soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 11 and a recent soloist with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Meyer’s original music falls into the new “Classical Crossover” genre (now a recognized GRAMMY Award category). This program is interactive, educational, fun, and can help introduce Classical music to a new and young audience.
Click here to read the Kitsap Sun news article on Aaron’s Assembly Program.
The Norman Sylvester Band presents the “History of American Music” assembly. Recently inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, Norman Sylvester has enjoyed a long career as one of Oregon’s premier musicians. Nicknamed “the Northwest’s Original Boogie Cat”, Norman Sylvester and his band have shared the stage with BB King, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Otis Clay, Tower of Power, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Peter Frapton and many other national artists. The Norman Sylvester Band believes strongly in the power of music and works with local nonprofit organizations like the Youth Music Project to make sure that every child has the opportunity to hear live American-made music. The Norman Sylvester Band’s assemblies combine musical performances with math, science, geography, history, and a whole lot of fun.
If you would like to request a free assembly for your school, please click here to fill out our request form. We’ll look forward to talking to you soon!
The Youth Music Project’s Assemblies Program is made possible by a collaboration with the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation, Music and Arts Partners, the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and Music Millennium.
If you would like to schedule an assembly for your school, please click here to fill out our request form. We’ll look forward to talking to you soon!