Youth Programs

Everything I have done in the music industry…I have had a major advantage because of my audio engineering knowledge. Whenever anyone asks where I learned all this stuff, I always let them know about ZUMIX – Axel, ZUMIX Alum

ZUMIX offers free and low-cost after-school group and individual programming over three semesters: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

  • Click here for a full list of our Spring 2017 Programs! (in English and Spanish)

  • Apply for programs here.


Songwriting & Performance  ZUMIX participants develop critical thinking and literacy skills as they analyze, write, and discuss issues that affect their lives. These programs foster artistic development, as well as confidence and teamwork skills as youth express themselves through music, theater, and dance. Projects include the creation of an original show with a two-week summer tour, monthly open mic events, and the production of a compilation CD.

 

“Z-Tech” Creative Technology – Z-Tech is a technical training program that introduces young people to audio and computer technologies using an experiential and interactive approach. The training component is divided into four sections: 1) Live Audio Engineering, 2) Beatmaking & Music Production, 3) Studio Recording, and 4) Audio Troubleshooting & Repair. Z-Tech empowers young people to apply their newfound skills in an entrepreneurial way, as it includes hands-on training and year-round paid contract work for all graduates.

 

ZUMIX Radio - ZUMIX Radio promotes youth and community voices in East Boston, while supporting teens to learn valuable 21st century skills in technology, radio production, communication, and journalism. Radio classes train participants to host their own live radio broadcasts, produce their own radio stories, and develop meaningful relationships with adult mentors. Want to know what's playing? Check the ZUMIX Radio Schedule!

Ways to listen:

  • If you live in the Greater Boston area, turn your dial to 94.9 FM!
  • Streaming online here!

Instrumental Music – ZUMIX offers private and group music instruction in piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, brass, woodwinds, and African drumming. Our instructors combine the educational and developmental philosophies of mentoring with ZUMIX's focus on music and the arts as life-sustaining and empowering forms of education. As participants continue their studies, young instrumentalists improve their artistry through Music Theory classes and learn group-building skills in ensembles which allow youth to perform at a variety of events throughout the city.

 

Sprouts - Designed as a “feeder” program for our teen programs, Sprouts involves participants ages 7-11 in artistic exploration through music, dance, theater, and set-design.