1. Every Play with Music program is built around a barebones demo donated by an artist.  

2. Every participating guest musician or producer writes a part to the song (base line, drum track, guitar riff, etc.). 

3. Guest pros come in to perform the part they wrote live for students, and share their writing process, tips, influences and experiences as working artists.

4. The audio stems of each recorded performance are used to teach students production, arrangement and sound design. Students begin remixing the evolving possibilities for their unique rendition of the song.

5. Students collaborate with their peers and mentors to write, perform and record their own musical parts.


Over the course of 8 weeks, our students learn:

  • musical instruments

  • songwriting & composition

  • production & sound design

  • recording

  • performance

  • music industry


We meet students where they are with mentorship, collaboration, and opportunities.

  • musicians, producers and industry professionals mentor students and create music with them every session

  • by program's end, each student has collaboratively written, recorded and produced their own song with pro’s and their peers

  • We organize field trips and internship opportunities

PROBLEM 1: the gap between how the music industry functions and what education provides. 60% of new jobs will require skills possessed by only 20% of the current workforce.

PROBLEM 2: lack of access to technology & tech savvy educators in low income schools. Low income communities are less likely to own computers and use the internet than their more affluent peers.

PROBLEM 3: inequality between high and low income communities in after school programs.  Parents in the top income bracket are able to invest 7x more to connect their kids with learning opportunities.