ABOUT MIX MAJOR
At Mix Major, kids, teens, and adults learn how to create their own music using digital music technology, regardless of their ability (or desire) to play a traditional instrument, sing, or perform in front of an audience.
Unlike traditional music education programs, which focus on the performance of an already-written piece of music, Mix Major’s programs focus on creativity and music composition. Students make their own music based on their own interests.
This creative process is called Music Production, and with a few exceptions, it's not being taught anywhere in our kids' school music programs: elementary, middle, or high school.
Through Music Production, students of all ages build confidence and self-esteem while developing life-long skills in creativity, communication, problem-solving, and collaboration...all while having fun.
Mix Major also creates and publishes free educational videos on Teacher TV. These videos are designed specifically to help public and private school music educators learn and teach Music Production. Teachers all over the world have been using these videos to creating a lasting impact on their students.
Originally focused on young people, Mix Major now offers programs for adults in the form of Weekly Classes and Team Building Workshops.
Mix Major was founded by Eric Jao (aka DJ Enferno), whose credits include Madonna and Cirque Du Soleil. Eric, father of two, is a Northern, VA native, Thomas Jefferson HS grad, and UVA McIntire School of Commerce Alum.
"... build confidence and self-esteem by developing life-long skills in creativity, communication, problem-solving, and collaboration."
WHY CHOOSE MIX MAJOR ?
Our programs engage everyone that loves music... including the most introverted. It includes people that don't have God-given talent as a musician or performer.
Everyone can participate in music education.
Our programs teach students how to listen actively, think critically, communicate confidently, and collaborate effectively. Students learn how to find and create inspiration. Students build confidence and self-esteem, all while having tons of fun.
Students learn and practice skills that position them for success, not just in music, but in life...and that includes adults.
With our programs, students can create the music in their head, as opposed to performing music written on a sheet of paper. They can create and share music without having to perform it. Plus, they can make whatever music they choose.
Creativity plus choice equals engagement, enjoyment, and motivation.
ART & SCIENCE
Our programs are equal parts art and science: music and technology. Creativity generates musical ideas. Technology brings these musical ideas to life. Think of Mix Major as STEMM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, & Music!
Left brain. Right brain. It's the best of both worlds!
THEY MAKE COOL STUFF
Students can make beats, compose melodies and harmonies, write lyrics, and if they like, record vocals. They can make remixes, compose full-length original songs, or video game music. They can create commercial jingles, movie soundtracks, or even ring-tones.
If they can imagine it, they can create it.
Music Production is the process of creating music using digital music technology. It's the same process that goes into creating the songs that we listen to everyday.
It's equal parts art and science; creativity and technology. Creativity generates musical ideas like melodies, rhythms, and lyrics. Technology brings these musical ideas to life. It lets us record, transform, layer, and arrange these ideas to create new compositions.
If creativity is the heart and soul of music production, technology is the mind and body.
Almost zero elementary, middle, and high schools teach Music Production. To help solve this problem, Mix Major's Teacher TV Youtube Videos provide free educational content specifically designed to help traditional music teachers learn Music Production and Technology so that they can pass this knowledge on to their students.
See below for a clear explanation of what Music Production is, and why it should be taught in every school.
It's equal parts art & science: creativity & technology