Music brings people together and builds community by creating meaningful shared experiences where every player has agency and is respected.
The simplest music often feels the best to play and playing simple music is easy if you try.
Like language, music is for everyone.
The MSL workshop is a collaboration between three facilitators and the workshop participants. The facilitators are: Scott Mizrachi (musician & certified youth worker), Ian Kovac (musician & licensed music therapist), and Neil Horsky (musician & community artist/educator).
At MSL people of all levels of musical experience and variety of musical backgrounds are able to improvise together by playing games to create shared listening environments. The games help to overcome hurdles to participation such as intimidation or lack of confidence, not knowing what to play or how to play it.
Each game focuses on different elements of music including rhythm, melody, harmony, composition and interpretation. They involve mostly clapping and voice, as well as various percussion instruments. Instruction on how to play an instrument is not prioritized in the workshops although suggestions for techniques may be offered by the facilitators or participants.
Workshops often culminate in a “jam,” synthesizing elements from each game into a full improvised ensemble piece.
MSL is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.