|Headquarters||Goshen, Connecticut, USA|
President of the Board
|James Oshinsky, Ph.D.|
|Eric Miller, Ph.D.|
Music for People (MfP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to music-making and music improvisation as a means of self-expression. Their primary activities include organizing workshops for improvisational music, hosting a four-year Musicianship and Leadership Program that provides training in music facilitation, and publishing various resources related to improvisational music.
The philosophy of Music for People is encapsulated in a Bill of Musical Rights that centers on the need for musical self-expression, authenticity, and acceptance of the full range of music traditions and the musical contributions of all people, regardless of their level of experience.
The approach to music facilitation is generally unconventional, using a playful teaching style developed by David Darling beginning with his work leading workshops as part of the Paul Winter Consort beginning in 1980. The approach to tonal and rhythmic improvisation has been found to have positive social influences, both similar to and contrasting with clinical music therapy approaches.
One of the core techniques used is ensemble playing, where participants have varying levels of musical experience, come from different genres of music, and often include instruments that typically do not play together.
Darling's dedication to Arts-in-Education innovation and creativity earned him the 1995 Artist of the Year Award from Young Audiences, Inc.
This sums up the philosophy promoted by the organization:
There are also supplementary information relating to the Musicianship and Leadership program relating to the development of activities in music workshops.
Here are links to some of the music workshops that have been organized and facilitated by graduates of the Musicianship and Leadership program:
Oshinsky, James (January 2008). Return to Child - Music for People's Guide to Improvising Music and Authentic Group Leadership (Second ed.).