Young Musicians Unite, a non-profit founded in 2013, has been giving students a voice through music by revitalizing music programs one school at a time. YMU addresses the music education concerns in our most underserved communities by partnering with highly regarded educators to offer comprehensive free music programming in local schools. By collaborating with schools that have limited or no music programs, YMU offers a platform for young musicians in the Wynwood and Overtown communities to unite and reinforce the importance of music education.
Under the leadership of Sammy Gonzalez, YMU engages youth from at-risk communities and provides them with comprehensive music programming. Depending on their individual school, students participating in YMU can join a guitar ensemble, a jazz ensemble/combo, rock ensemble or drum line. YMU will be offering 10 music programs in 6 different schools; expanding enrollment to 180+ students this 2017-2018
YMU ensures that students learn the fundamentals of music including theory, reading, songwriting, competition, and performance. Classes are led by professional teachers and interns from New World School of the Arts, UM, FIU, & Miami Dade College. Peer to peer mentors and visiting guest musicians provide supplemental aid. Without exception, all of the equipment, music, performance and teaching fees are waived for our students.