The mission of Mile of Music’s Music Education Team is to help all people unleash their inner musician in order to build a community of active music explorers, music makers, and music lovers. We are committed to providing dynamic music-making opportunities for people on the Mile to set them on a path of discovering and developing their musical selves.

At Mile of Music, people don’t just hear the music, they are the music!

View the full Mile 8 Music Education Team Workshop Schedule HERE!
Read more about our Music Education Team HERE!


Songwriting with Wade Fernandez

Join award-winning songwriter and performing artist Wade Fernandez and learn how to bring your own songs to life. Be part of a creative space cultivated by this master multi-instrumentalist where you can embrace and express your own story through song.

The Art-istry of Music
What does music look like? How might you draw what you hear? And what would your very own drawings sound like? Come find out at this fun, interactive session where you will work alongside live musicians to create drawings you make while they play, and where the musicians will play your drawings! No experience needed, just bring your imaginations and a sense of adventure!

Make Some Noise! (Ages 3-8)
Ready to explore the art of making sound effects? Become a Foley artist for the day! Bring picture books to life by transforming materials at our Foley Bar into whizzes, whooshes, and bangs! Geared for music makers aged 3-8 and their families.

Ghanaian Dancing and Drumming
Come dance and drum with us in a powerful, highly rhythmic style from Ghana! You will learn dances called Gahu and Tokoe that move in response to the Ewe drum language. The best part of this is that it is exhilarating and fun for people of all ages and experience levels. (All ages – feel free to bring your family with you!)Always wanted to learn Ballet but never had the chance? Well, now’s your chance! Makaroff School of Ballet is delighted to share this classic art form with people of all ages! Everyone can dance Ballet!

Body Percussion (Ages 13+)
Yes – you read that right! Your own body is the most amazing instrument, every boom, snap, clap, stomp coming from YOU! And how beautiful that we all sound a little different. In this session, we will learn a variety of basic body percussion patterns, make up our very own, and work with our fellow movers and groovers to put together a simple, but powerful body percussion ensemble. Come jam with us!

Songs of Strength (Ages 12-20)
Empower yourself through music by creating your own musical mantras – in this session, we will practice creating personalized singing affirmations for strength, confidence, and resilience. Youth ages 12-20 are welcome. Please bring your favorite instrument if you have one!

Indonesian Angklung Workshop: Bamboo Rattle Ensemble
The angklung is a musical instrument made of bamboo from Indonesia. Bamboo tubes attached to a frame shake from side to side to make a beautiful sound. Each angklung has its own number or note, and the players work together in community to create their own melody.

Balinese Gamelan: Gongs, Drums & Metallophones 
Curious about what kind of music Raya might hear in Kumandra? Learn to play music from Bali, one of the cultural inspirations for Raya and the Last Dragon. Patterns played on ornate percussion instruments interlock to create a mesmerizing, shimmering sound that has found a home here in Appleton!


Collaborative SongMaking with B. Lilly
Lyrics, harmonies, melodies, and rhythm are a few core elements that make a song. Which element are you most drawn to? Come witness the power of music through collaboration and community building.

Creating Our Vision of the Rhythm
Join us in adding your perspective into our collective vision of the rhythm. This year’s experience will engage all participants in creating music together through an all inclusive drum circle as well as artistically adding the experience onto a mural. We will be creating a community mural showcasing the collective expression of the rhythm we are engaging with through the drum circle. Express yourself through the creative arts – adding joy into your day!


Ukulele: Learn Now, Smile Forever!
The sounds of Hawai’i in Appleton! Come learn how the ukulele can change your life. No experience necessary. Within 50 minutes you will learn to play the ukulele and enough chords to play over 3000 popular songs. If you have your own instrument, bring it! If you don’t, there will be some ukes available at the workshop.


Brazilian Samba Drumming (Ages 10+)
Come and groove with us in this powerful aural drumming tradition from Brazil. No drumming experience necessary! Learn about and play the different “voices” of the bateria – or samba band – that combine to stir the soul and make you want to move. (Ages 10-adult)


Los Ritmos de Mariachi (The Rhythms of Mariachi)
Have you heard of the Mexican Hat Dance? Now’s your chance to move, dance and experience the driving rhythms of Mariachi music. Come fill in the missing role of the ‘armonia’ section and learn how this vital, rhythmic-section of the Mariachi ensemble is the driving force to Mexico’s most popular music. Become a member of the MET Mariachi Ensemble and be part of bringing Mariachi to the Valley!


Beyond Stories That Sing
We are excited to present beloved musical picture books in a COVID-safe, non-singing format. Plan to get moving, laugh and get inspired to share books as a family. Consider bringing a blanket to aid in physical distancing and comfort. All ages welcome!


Thank You to our Music Education Partners:

Lawrence University