Tonight I'm heading over to a club in Manhattan to hear some amazing Jazz Music from Mimi and the Podd Brothers. A little over a year ago I got to sit in the audience of their creating their first LIVE album.
What's even more special about this is that the two young men in the picture are my sons and I've had the privilege of watching them grow up as young creatives.
There are many factors that contributed to their success, but in today's post I'd like to talk about the importance of providing kids with mentoring during their creative process and authentic audience for their creations. And I can honestly say that the most amazing example of this that I've seen is a process that started when my children were in middle school - The Vermont MIDI project - which has been renamed at Music Comp.
This project has been providing mentoring to students learning how to compose music starting in elementary school and throughout high school. Throughout the process professional musicians mentor the students as they create new music using music composition software. Twice a year Music Comp hosts an amazing authentic audience event called OPUS where the students compositions are played by real musicians and the students are introduced as the composers.
This week will be the 34th OPUS concert - and if you want to witness the power of mentoring and authentic audience in the creative process -and you are anywhere near Montpelier Vermont - you should definitely attend.