In the Interactive Assembly, Mix Major's founder Eric Jao (aka DJ Enferno) combines DJ'ing, live music performance, music technology and audience participation to teach students how modern music is made while inspiring them to achieve great things. The Assembly is part music, part technology, part motivational, and 100% fun.
Eric has DJ'ed all over the world, toured with Madonna, and produced music for Shakira, Cirque Du Soleil, Steve Aoki, and Linkin Park. Eric uses his music-industry career path as a platform to deliver key messages on the importance of creativity, self-confidence, discipline, and hard work.
Also a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Tech and the University of Virginia, Eric offers a unique perspective on career possibilities after TJ. One of Eric's key messages is that TJ grads can have successful careers in music if they can find a healthy balance between academics and the arts. This can be particularly valuable for elementary and middle school kids that aspire to attend TJ.
HOW IT WORKS
Eric starts off the show with an interactive DJ set, complete with a call-and-response "name that song" activity. He engages students with music that they already know and love, then teaches them music concepts like pitch and rhythm while weaving in technology concepts like digital sampling and looping.
Then assembly space is transformed into a gigantic music studio. Students also become artists and musicians, with volunteers on-stage making beats and creating melodies. Students voices are sampled and transformed on-the-spot. The entire audience joins in the fun with Eric conducting chants, claps, and stomps while performing live on beat pads and keyboards to create music in real-time.
Throughout the show, Eric teaches skills in creativity, brainstorming, active listening, and improvisation. He emphasizes the importance of these skills in and out of the classroom while engaging everyone in a uniquely educational and entertaining experience.