The Musicianship and Leadership Program (MLP) from Music for People is a three-year program offering unique training in music improvisation and workshop facilitation skills. Our programs focus on various aspects of musical development with attention given to each participant’s individual development.
Our programs are woven into our yearly calendar of Adventures in Improvisation workshops, with weekend events in early October, early February and early May, as well as a week-long Art of Improvisation event in the summer (typically starting at the end of July).
Each workshop has a mix of large and small group sessions:
- large group sessions with all participants
- teaching block sessions focusing on specific Music for People techniques
- small groups led by participants in the Musicianship and Leadership Program
- facilitator training session with other members of the training program
Through our experiential-based program, you will have the opportunity to be in large and small improvising ensembles throughout the workshop.
Membership in Music for People is required to participate in the MLP Program (dues paid annually) in order to help support the administration of the organization.
We expect that someone who completes this level will be able to provide a basic level of musicianship, improvisation, performance and facilitation of groups of improvisors. This would include “homeplay” recordings, informal improvised performances and community music-making experiences.
- Demonstrate basic proficiency in utilizing MfP activities/structures in their playing.
- Demonstrate proficiency in leading basic MfP activities for small groups, informal gatherings and/or with private students.
- Deliver one informal MfP gathering and/or performance.
- Complete the Homeplay assignments for each module:
Module 1: Core MfP Skills
Module 2: Rhythmic Explorations
Module 3: Melodic Explorations