LESSONS for L.I.F.E
In Partnership with ASC Works & E. Desmond Lee Arts Collaborative
Designed for high school (grades 9 – 12) and college students, this program brings students and prominent musicians together in a casual setting, where students can ask questions and learn directly from artists in the music business. The format ranges from informal intimate lunches to group Q&A sessions with some of the leading artistic professionals working today.
STRINGS FOR L.I.F.E
In Partnership with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and Gateway Music Outreach
Piloting in 2016, Peer to Peer is a program where talented young musicians from the St. Louis Youth Symphony Orchestra mentor young minority musicians from underserved schools in and around St. Louis. The purpose of the program is to diversify the classical music community through accessibility and human connection. Students are given the opportunity to sit in on youth orchestra rehearsals, receive mentor tutoring, attend St. Louis Symphony Concerts together, and perform side by side in selected concerts. Through music mentoring, both the mentor and mentee are exposed to new experiences that create a sense of community and develop a culture of mentorship in our next generation of artists and audiences. Beginning this fall LIFE Arts will partner with Gateway Music Outreach to provide weekly instruction for strings students in north county.
COMPOSITIONS FOR L.I.F.E
In Partnership with Maryville University
Compositions For LIFE-Therapeutic Songwriting is a one-on-one mentoring program for junior high school and highschool students (grades 6 – 12). Students in this program will have one-on-one sessions with student music therapists to compose original songs that focus on the student’s mental and emotional well-being. In its latest sessions, junior high school students of Confluence Academy – Old North, a St. Louis area charter school, and Berkeley Middle School in Ferguson, were given the opportunity to write and professionally record their own songs. (Students were selected from these schools due to the school’s high percentage of students dealing with urban trauma (i.e., traumatic experiences due to state of their environment). The aspiration of the program is to give students the opportunity to constructively express themselves through music. The one-on-one therapeutic songwriting gives them the time, attention, resources and the encouragement to accomplish the task.
More importantly, it is the overall goal that the students learn more about who they are and feel validated and empowered to be leaders in our world today.
TOUR FOR L.I.F.E
In Partnership with the Ada Cole Productions and All-Star Clinics
Tour for LIFE is a program where musicians and music students are invited to perform around the country with international recording artist, Brian Owens. Students of this program learn tour etiquette, tour management, merchandising, and the rigor of being a professional artist. Through our Tour for LIFE program, students have performed in New York City, Houston, Milwaukee, and Nashville. Our students have also performed for NY’s Paste Magazine and Fox News Extra.