In conjunction with the Around Hear concert series, during the school year Marji and Dan give free, weekly, individual violin and piano lessons to low-income Somervillians ranging from age 8-60+ in the Mystic Activity Center’s activity room, using the piano that Marji and Dan arranged to have donated to the Somerville Housing Authority.
"It's so awesome that we have piano lessons." – Dan's young piano student
"Playing piano makes me feel calm when I am grumpy." – Marji's piano student
"When I'm learning about music, it feels like nothing can get in my way." – Marji's violin student
WORKSHOPS & POP-UPS
Throughout the year, Around Hear resident and guest artists bring creative arts workshops and pop-up concerts to the Mystic Learning Center and The Welcome Project, both based in the Mystic Activity Center. The second season’s events included: an all-day creative writing workshop for adult ESOL students; an intro to ballroom dance for teens; and a music composition workshop for elementary-age youth. Funding willing and with continued encouragement from our community, we will create and share many more workshops, both for our partner organizations and for the public.
Photo: Ballroom dance workshop for Mystic Learning Center teens, with professional dancer and instructor J. Michael Winward. October 2018