Volunteer with My Voice Music!

September 28, 2012

Do you like working with kids? Do you have basic instrumental, songwriting, hip hop, and/or electronic music knowledge?  My Voice Music is looking for dedicated individuals, ages 21 and up, to engage at-risk youth in music and performance in order to promote self-esteem, social skills and emotional expression!  Each group is facilitated by a staff member, but volunteers are needed to assist.  Volunteers will, ideally, be able to commit to attending each class session.  Every individual will go through a background check and will be required to attend a volunteer training session.  


We currently have volunteer needs for the following programs:


  • David Douglas High School:   Thursdays @ 2:40 – 4:30pm   
    This after school program is a partnership with the DDHS SUN School. This class provides high school students with an opportunity to gain music skills and practice the art of songwriting. Students get experience using traditional instruments (drums, guitar, bass, keys) as well as electronic based music using beat machines and computers. Students get to participate in musical activities in a low pressure environment where they are encouraged to have fun making music!!!!
  • Mt. Scott Learning Centers:   Tuesdays & Fridays @ 1:50 – 3:20pm  
    This in-school program is a partnership with the Mt. Scott Learning Centers public alternative school located in Southeast Portland. The high school age students in the class have the opportunity to earn an elective credit toward their diploma. Students get experience using traditional instruments (drums, guitar, bass, keys) as well as electronic based music using beat machines and computers. The main goal in the class is for every student to write, perform, and record their own song either as individuals or as a group.
  • My Voice Music + The Right Brain Initiative: times and days vary  
    Are you a licensed teacher or substitute looking for another way to connect with youth? This partnership is with the Right Brain Initiative, a local arts organization charged with getting the arts back into local schools. This program works with elementary school classrooms to provide music programming that is connected with the new Common Core education standards.


New Programs Coming Soon Spring Break 2014!!!

  • Artist Mentorship Program: Tuesdays @ 6:00 – 8:00pm (Age 15 – 17) 
    In this program youth gain music experience participating in jam sessions, songwriting, recording, and preparing their work for performances in the new MVM space as well as other venues around Portland.  We need adult volunteers who are willing to and able to commit long term to provide the support these youth need to sharpen their artistic skills and abilities.
  • Free Lessons Night: Wednesdays @ 4:oo – 7:oopm (Age 8-17) 
    Volunteer to teach “1 to 1” lessons to youth who cannot afford them.  Lessons will be based on student interest and my include guitar, bass, keys, drums (kit & hand), vocals or a little bit of everything.  Volunteers will be placed on waiting list and will be notified when a students arrives who wants to learn what you know! This is a four week (four lesson) commitment.
  • Rock Camps:  Saturdays @ 1:00 – 2:30pm & 3:00 – 4:30pm (Age 8-9, 10-12, 13-15)
    Volunteer to help teach small groups of youth to create their own song and rock out as a real band!!! Help kids learn the basics of the guitar, keys bass, drum kit, and vocals all while putting together their own original song.  Rock Camps require a six week commitment.

For more information, please email:  Program Manager/Lead Teacher Santigie Fofana-Dura santigie@myvoicemusic.org  or call My Voice Music at 971.533.8953

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