We currently have 2 programs: SchoolBeats and Youth Music & Arts. The Sessions Academy mission creates future generations of musicians using the Sessions Method consisting of group, private and recorded music lessons.
Join us in launching YMA in 2022. We will focus year 1 in Albuquerque working with underserved youth ages 13-18 utilizing a 3 path program. Paths 1 and 2 will be delivered in live group settings by volunteer teachers. Additionally, we will have many opportunities for organizations and individuals to assist in the needs of the youth. Currently we need inexpensive ukuleles, guitars and roll-up pianos. We will also be seeking teachers to work with small youth groups.
Youth Music & Arts Path 1. This pays for teachers to provide initial music appreciation with groups through instructor concerts, karaoke and small group jams. Students are invited into Path 2 during these important sessions where they will be introduced to individual instrument lessons. Thank you for your donation.
Youth Music & Arts Path 2. During this formative path students attend group sessions weekly for 6 weeks to choose and begin learning the instrument they will study. Your donation pays for student instruments and instructor group lessons in guitar, ukulele, piano, voice, drawing and art. Thank you for your donation.
Youth Music & Arts Path 3. Students that have attended 6 formative sessions are given an instrument, lesson book and online music membership. They are also given referrals to community youth music programs and offered opportunities to mentor and teach new students entering Path 1. Your donation will buy instruments and lessons for students. Thank you for your donation.
This affordable donation will take 1 student through Youth Music & Arts Path 1 and 2 (6 group lessons with an instrument, music and live group instructor provided). This pays for teachers to provide initial music appreciation with groups through instructor concerts, karaoke and small group jams. Students are invited into Path 2 during these important sessions where they will be introduced to 6 individual instrument lessons. Thank you for your donation.
If you are able to donate instruments for students, we will appreciate inexpensive guitars, ukulele’s and roll-up pianos. We can also use music books that contain music with lyrics and chords for the guitar, uke and piano.
If you play an instrument and would like to offer some time working with small groups teaching one of these instruments, as well as voice, we would appreciate any time you can offer youth through the YMA program.
Jim Gross is founder and Director of Sessions Academy. Jim founded Sessions in 2018 after running Carousel of Music, a performance company in New Mexico which ran 27 years. Jim's 35 year music career has involved teaching, performance and recording. Jim’s vision of an online music academy and free music appreciation for schools is the driving force behind Sessions Academy and MusicMoment.
DeAnna Vincent is Session's Project Manager. As such, DeAnna is the brain-child behind making our lessons look great for students. DeAnna has a broad background in photography, web design, product development and is a truly gifted project manager. She will be the lead in our video lesson development and MusicMoment program.