What is Music Makes Music you ask?
Music Makes Music is a non-profit organization that is designed to Educate, Motivate and Inspire students through music. They travel all over the country working with high schools and middle schools, educating students on the importance of:
- Getting involved with music
- Living a drug free life
- Continuing their education
They do this by connecting to students on a "peer" or "idol" level rather than an authority figure giving them this information. Their basic philosophy is that students listen to "rock stars", but what is said isn't always positive. So what they do is bring a full production concert into the schools that connect with teens on their level while delivering positive messages. Basically a ROCK CONCERT! Because of their unparalleled ability to get through to students, many schools also use them to promote their own messages. They've been used for testing week, red ribbon weeks, spirit week, and many more.
Music Makes Music incorporates each schools band, choir and orchestra into the performances. This allows students to take their traditional training and apply it to a contemporary setting in front of all their peers. This part of the program has been praised by music teachers as being influential in keeping students excited about their school's music programs as well as acting to promote the schools music programs.
Music Makes Music is wrapping up its third year as a national program and the response they've received from participating schools has been astounding! They have worked to educate over 150,000 teenagers in more than 180 schools that are located in Utah, Idaho, Colorado, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. They are endorsed by cities, school districts and hundreds of principals, teachers, community leaders, members of the Utah Legislature and our newest member to our board of advisors, Utah Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff.
Check out their website,www.musicmakesmusic.org
to view testimonials from many of these individuals.