Classes

MVM Studios Classes – Fall 2019

Programs are October 14th through December 13th

**No classes the week of November 25th**
End-of-term showcase on Sunday, December 15th @ 12:30pm at Holocene

Registration
  • Classes take place at MVM Studios @ Sunnyside Community House: 3520 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97214.
  • Registration for Fall Classes is open!
  • MVM follows Portland Public Schools’ inclement weather delays and closures policy. If PPS closes schools district-wide, MVM will cancel programs as well.
  • All MVM classes focus on personal development and musical skills, culminating in the recording and performing of songs written during the term. Students must be willing to collaborate with a diverse group of participants with varying degrees of musical experience – attitude is everything!
  • Check out the FAQ at the bottom of the page for more info.

SCHOLARSHIPS

With our Play It Forward scholarship program, MVM will not turn any youth away for financial reasons.
To inquire about Play It Forward scholarships, please email monica@myvoicemusic.org.

Pre-AMP FALL 2019

Pre-AMP is a weekly mentorship program for students ages 12-14 with, or without, previous musical experience. Each week participants collaborate, write, record, and further explore musical concepts with peers and professional working musicians. Sessions often include rehearsals for upcoming performances, recording, songwriting, and collaborative jam sessions. If your student can play eight or more chords, strum in rhythm with others, or play multiple drum beats consistently, they are a good candidate for Pre-AMP. If they are aspiring to do theses things but don’t quite yet have all the skills, they should sign up for Pre-AMP Jr. Students will be placed in beginner/intermediate or intermediate/advanced groups based on auditions during the first class.

Dates: Mondays, October 14-December 9
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Ages: 12-14
Cost: $200

Pre-AMP Jr. is a weekly mentorship program for students ages 9-11 with, or without, previous musical experience. Each week participants collaborate, write, record, and further explore musical concepts with peers and professional working musicians. Sessions often include rehearsals for upcoming performances, recording, songwriting, and collaborative jam sessions. This is the class for students with limited musical experience, such as those who have attended a MVM Rock Camp or two, as well as those between ages 9-11 who have been with MVM for multiple sessions.

Dates: Mondays, October 14-December 9 & Thursdays, October 17-December 12
Time: 4:30-6:00pm Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm Thursdays
Ages: 9-11
Cost: $200

Register

AMP FALL 2019

In AMP (Artist Mentorship Program), participants meet weekly with other high school-aged students age 14 – 18 to collaborate, write, record, and further explore musical concepts with peers and professional working musicians. Sessions often include rehearsals for upcoming performances, recording and writing accompaniment parts for a new song written by a fellow student, and collaborative jam sessions. AMP students will also receive up to 4 hours of individual recording time at MVM Studios for each quarter of instruction.

Students interested in AMP must complete an interview and audition with instructors in order to enroll in the class. Please email luke@myvoicemusic.org for more information.

Dates: Mondays, October 14-December 9 & Tuesdays, October 15-December 10
Time: 4:30-6:00pm (Mondays), 6:00-8:00pm (Tuesdays)
Ages: 14-18
Cost: $200 (Mondays), $240 (Tuesdays)

Register


TRANSITIONS FALL 2019

This program is for young adults ages 18-24 to further explore their artistic development. Participants meet weekly to collaborate, write, record, and explore musical concepts with peers and professional working musicians. Weekly sessions often include rehearsals for upcoming performances, recording, songwriting, and jam sessions. Work on your album on your own, or collaborate with other students and staff! The Transitions Program is what you make it.

Dates: Wednesdays, October 16-December 11
Time: 4:30-6:30pm
Ages: 18-24
Cost: $240

Register

HIP-HOP LAB FALL 2019

A hands-on class where youth have the opportunity to learn how to make beats, write and record, and freestyle. Students will work alongside local musicians in order to achieve their artist and musical goals.

Dates: Fridays, October 18-December 13
Time: 4:30-6:30pm
Ages: 14-18
Cost: $240

Register


OPEN STUDIO

MVM’s Open Studio program offers middle and high school aged youth the opportunity to explore music at our studio space: Learn an instrument, write and record songs, and collaborate with others. The Open Studio offers a safe space for youth to gather after school. Youth can drop in to the space at any time between 3:00-6:00pm. Learn more about Open Studio here.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 3:00-6:00pm
Ages: 12-18 (middle school and high school)

Register

BAND ON DEMAND

If three or more rockers want to form their own band this can be set up on a monthly basis at times that MVM’s studio is open. Reach out to luke@myvoicemusic.org if you are interested in setting up consistent band time with an experienced instructor.

When: By appointment & request
Cost: $160 a month (four sessions, once per week). Includes one hour of recording time, to be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time.


RECORDING SESSIONS

Take advantage of MVM’s studio and the expertise of our staff to record your songs in a professional creative space! Includes engineer.

When: By appointment & request
Cost: $250 per day / $40 per hour. Scholarships and sliding scale payments available as needed.

Email luke@myvoicemusic.org to make an appointment or click here to pay for time.


Classes FAQ

Classes at MVM Studios focus on personal development and musical skills, culminating in the recording and performing of songs written during the term. Students must be willing to collaborate with a diverse group of participants with varying degrees of musical experience – attitude is everything!
MVM Studios classes take place on a quarterly basis. Each term consists of eight classes, one per week, in spring, summer, fall and winter.
Classes operate out of MVM Studios in the Sunnyside Community House, located at 3520 SE Yamhill Street in Portland.
Youth ages 9-24, no musical experience required. Age breakdown for each class as follows: Pre-AMP II Jr. (9-11), Pre-AMP II (12-14), Pre-AMP I (11-14), AMP (14-18), Transitions (18-24), Hip-Hop Lab (14-18).
Classes are led by an experienced and diverse group of teaching artists who are active in the local music scene.
90 minute classes like Pre-AMPs I, II and II Jr. are $200 per term. 2-hour classes like AMP, Transitions and Hip-Hop Lab are $240 per term. With our Play It Forward scholarship program, MVM will not turn any youth away for financial reasons. To inquire about Play It Forward scholarships, please email monica@myvoicemusic.org.
If your child can play eight or more chords, strum in rhythm with others, or play multiple drum beats consistently, they are a good candidate for Pre-AMP. If they are aspiring to do theses things but don’t quite yet have all the skills, they should sign up for Pre-AMP Jr.
We cannot guarantee that your student will be able to play with their friends. At each program bands are made with considerations of skill-level, ability, and perspective so that each group can create collaborative music that they are proud of. If you are interested in creating your own band, see our Band On Demand option.