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CITME Supports the We Are All Musical project at Spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity

CITME recently played a role in supporting the We Are All Musical project at Spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity. We Are All Musical, a project curated by Evan Tobias, aimed to provide Spark! festival attendees with numerous opportunities to realize their musical potential. 

We Are All Musical included the following opportunities:

Drum Village – People engaged in drum circles of varied musical styles throughout Spark!

Digital Music and Push Playground – People used Ableton Live, Ableton Push units, a Novation Circuit and other instruments to create, perform, and share music in a supportive environment 

STEAM Space – People designed and played music with instruments, created music by coding and programming, and engaged with interactive musical art by combining science, technology, arts, and math. 

Musical Garden – Young children and their family members played and expressed themselves through music

Make Mobile Music – People explored how they could be musical with mobile devices and music apps

The Jam Lounge – People jammed with others using electronic instruments and iPad apps

Make Hip Hop – People learned how to make beats, write rhymes and MC, and DJ with local Hip Hop group, Shining Soul

CITME supported several of these aspects of We Are All Musical by facilitating people’s engagement and developing or sharing resources for people to learn more and extend their engagement after the Spark! festival.

Learn more about We Are All Musical @ Spark! 2017

Learn more about Spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity 2017

Explore CITME’s initiatives around STEAM, Maker Culture, and music

Explore some of CITME’s resources for connecting STEAM, music, engagement, and learning


OME Marathon Concert & Meet the Audience

CITME partner and local new music presenter, Oh My Ears (OME), will be hosting the 4th Annual Oh My Ears (OME) Marathon Concert this January 28th from 12:00 pm – 1o:00 pm.

This is no ordinary concert. OME is fantastic at integrating aspects of participatory culture as part of its concert ethic, including it’s unique Meet the Audience component, including an opportunity to submit audio recordings and sound samples that can be used to create music at the event itself. The OME Marathon will include 10 hours of new music performances and musically engaging experiences.

WHEN: Jan 28th, 2017, 12:00 pm-10:00pm

WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse
1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

TICKETS: $20 regular, $15 student (bring ID), Ages 15 and under FREE

Local raffle by Tuft and Needle

The 2017 OME Marathon Concert, featuring local and national ensembles, composers and performers, to be held at the Mesa Arts Center on January 28th, 2017. OME is thrilled to be bringing some of the most interesting and talented musicians from Phoenix and around the country to share with our hometown audiences. 2017 will be our most ambitious concert yet and will also feature engaging opportunities such as Musical Maps and Meet the Audience.

OME is a non-profit organization born out of a love for new music and a desire to create community connection through musically engaging experiences since the spring of 2014. Their annual OME Marathon concert has been called “nothing short of extraordinary,” and is a cornerstone event for the city’s burgeoning new music community

Check out the Oh My Ears website
Michael Ferraro and Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer admin@ohmyears.com

Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer, founder/co-director 979-236-7589

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Twitter & Instagram: @ohmyearsmusic

Community Music Engagement Course Collaboration

Dr. Roger Mantie’s Community Music Engagement course collaborated with Dr. Kevin Wilson’s Leisure and Quality of Life course to explore the possibilities of leisure, music, and community engagement through an innovative opportunity for student projects. Take a look at this write up on the initiative and the fabulous projects that emerged from this work and impacted the local community

Sun Devil Stadium Reinvention Through Music

As part of our ongoing efforts to explore the role of music in community engagement and socially engaged practice, CITME supported the Sun Devil Stadium 365 Reinvention #SDS365 initiative this November. Music education students facilitated participatory music making in the entrance to Sun Devil Stadium.


We invited the public to jam with us using acoustic and electric percussion equipment along with interactive media and musical interfaces such as a controller developed with a Makey Makey.

We invited event attendees to create and perform music with an Akai APC 40 by triggering samples of sounds from across the ASU Tempe campus as imagery from campus was projected on a stadium wall in an interactive audio- visual installation designed by students.


In addition to taking part in the event, students developed their skills in facilitating participatory music events with people in school or community contexts.

Find out more about the #SDS365 event and see a very short clip of students performing in the video below: