From Bach to Boogie Woogie

Music for People is dedicated to re-vitalizing your music-making and promoting improvised music as a means of self-expression. We offer  quarterly weekend workshops throughout the year in the eastern USA and a longer workshop once each summer.  Our  four-year training program  Musicianship and Leadership (MLP)  has graduated over 100  Certified Facilitators, bringing Music For People’s inclusive music making to schools, concerts, health care settings and homes.

We invite people at all levels of musical experience, on all instruments, playing any style of music.  Our improvisation activities are drawn from many genres and cultures. We engage your playful self with simple and accessible structures that are fun and energizing, and we engage your mature musical self with deep listening.  Then the magic begins…  

Anyone who wants to become more comfortable in front of a group can develop music facilitation skills through our Leadership program. We have close to 30 years experience in training facilitators in community music making – singing, drumming, or jamming together, making profound connections while experiencing exhilaration and relaxed self expression. These group leading skills apply to adults and children, the well and the infirm, amateur and professional musicians. MFP offers Musicianship and Leadership training program in the US and in Switzerland. 
You are welcome to join our training program or just come and have fun. We will help guide you toward your inner music, and bring out hidden strengths. 

Founded by cellist David Darling and flautist Bonnie Insull in 1986, Music for People promotes a humanistic approach to the way music is taught, performed, and appreciated. Its philosophy is embodied in a Bill of Musical Rights that profoundly respects the creative impulse in everyone.

If you want to explore improvisational music, we invite you to browse around this site, check out our calendar and join us for a workshop.


From Emmy winner Josh Oshinsky during Summer 2013 Art of Improvisation workshop:

MFP FINAL from Josh Oshinsky on Vimeo.

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