The MMG’s Multicultural Music Encounters annual series (MME) is the professional component of the Multicultural Music Group. Since 1996 the MMG has produced an annual concert series in which composers from different cultures are commissioned to write a symphonic piece that presents a major historical event from a particular region of the world which had with minor media and/or curricular exposure. The Multicultural Music Encounters (MME) have been a success for the development of new symphonic repertoire with a multicultural focus and the support of cultural awareness in the NYC communities.
The Professional Development Workshops is the MMG component that provides information and training to students, artists and professionals in education on how to understand MMG’s “Playing History” curriculum.
Playing History is structured in six major aspects: research of historical events, the performance of original music depicting those events, reflection of the music/history combination, the use of marketing strategies in the arts, the application of fundraising procedures for sustainability purposes, and community collaboration for program enhancement.
The Symphonic Youth Program (SYP) provides instrumental and vocal music instruction to students in grades 6th to 12th in public schools of Washington Heights, Harlem, Staten Island and the South Bronx. The main goals of the SYP are to promote music & academic proficiency, social skills and social justice awareness. The main objectives of the SYP focuses on developing the passion for music through guided session in aesthetic experiences, increase performance skills for admissions in specialized music programs, and to promote social skills and better academic achievement through group reflection and historical research.