The Classroom to Stage program collaborates with our Music Heals program to provide live and streamed performances to children in hospitals. Our main goal with this program is to mentor young musicians and give them opportunities to perform on prestigious stages. In return, those we support share their talent with at-risk and disadvantaged youth through our Music Heals initiative. Performance videos are shared on TMP’s YouTube Channel for music therapists, families, and the kids themselves to access, fostering connections and learning through music.

We also partner with cities in the DFW area, including Dallas Love Field Stage, Irving, Plano, McKinney, Ennis, Grapevine, and Richardson, to integrate our program into vibrant community events.

At Texas Music Project (TMP), we believe in providing every student with a chance to shine through music. Our “Classroom to Stage” program bridges the gap between learning and real-world experience, offering live performances and online resources on TMP’s website for accessible music education.

Townview High School

Texas Music Project looks forward to continuing its partnership with Townview High School to help inspire students in their musical pursuits and preserve jazz in Dallas area schools. A recent donation in 2023 included $7500 in instruments and equipment. Townview Magnet Center boasts two top-ranked schools, the Science & Engineering Magnet and the Talented and Gifted Magnet, recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools by the US Department of Education.

We found a home for one of the Shaquille O'Neal ( DJ Diesel ) and Sullivan King Schecter guitar donation.
We found a home for one of the Shaquille O’Neal ( DJ Diesel ) and Sullivan King Schecter guitar donation.

TMP has supported the Big “D” Band programs for many years, contributing thousands of dollars in donations and sponsorships.

The Big “D” Marching Band achieved 1st place at the Grambling State University/South Oak Cliff High School Battle of the Bands. They have participated in various “Bowl” games, the World Strides Heritage Presidential Inaugural Band Festival 2013, and earned the title of the top high school show band in 2011. They have also been part of the Annual Children’s Holiday Parade for a decade, with numerous students joining the Dallas Independent School District’s All-City Band each year. Many program students also qualify for the State Solo and Ensemble Contest annually. The Big “D” Jazz Ensemble and concert band have graced prestigious venues like the Dallas City Performance Hall, Majestic Theater, and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, led by Mr. Dean Hill and Ms. Carlisa Washington, with Ms. Evelyn Forte-Jones as the Auxiliary Director.

Carmen Rizzo Master Class

Due to the pandemic this year, the camp was virtual. This provided us with the unique task and opportunity to connect students with legendary producer, mixer, programmer and recording artist Carmen Rizzo all the way from Los Angeles. The two-time Grammy nominee has worked with Seal, Coldplay, Paul Oakenfold, Alanis Morissette, Dido and Jem, to name a few artists. Mr. Rizzo was kind enough to lend his knowledge and experience to create a Master Class for the students of the Jazz Camp on recording and the current trends of the music biz as it relates to streaming, making it the culminating activity for the camp on June 6th, 2020.

Rosana Eckert, a Vocal Professor at the University of North Texas and a singer on a Grammy winning song in 2023, has been a remarkable collaborator with the Texas Music Project. Her teaching and performance abilities are of the highest caliber, and she possesses the rare talent to establish genuine connections with people both on stage and in the classroom.

Watch the video here.

Jazz Camp 

TMP brought in renowned bass player and musician, Mr. Chuck Rainey, and world-class drummer, percussionist, educator, and technical expert, John Martinez, to enrich the Jazz Camp experience. This camp provided students with a unique opportunity to connect with music legends and gain insights into becoming professional studio and touring musicians.

In addition, TMP provided students with the chance to interact, jam, and engage in music discussions with The Peterson Brothers from Austin, Texas. These two brothers have been performing professionally in clubs, festivals, and concerts since their early teens, offering valuable life lessons to the students through their peer mentorship.