PUBLIC PRACTICE

A SPACE TO PLAY.

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to make music outdoors? Step outside and discover something new with Public Practice. Amateur musicians of every background come to The Music Center and Grand Park to practice their instruments among trees, fountains, traffic and random passersby, creating a unique space to play their music.


HOW DOES IT WORK?

 A unique and informal music-making opportunity...

  • Apply to participate as a solo musician.
  • Non-professional instrumentalists are then selected to PRACTICE music outdoors in surprising outdoor public spaces at The Music Center and in Grand Park.
  • Practice a new piece of music, a new skill/technique, or a new instrument - warm-ups, scales, riffs, patterns, improvisation, starts/stops and mistakes allowed.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

  • Open to SOLO non-professional instrumental musicians/music hobbyists of all skill levels and cultural musical traditions.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must provide your own acoustic instrument*, sheet music and music stand (if needed).
  • Must be willing to spend time practicing (not performing) in outdoor public spaces at the Music Center and in Grand Park.
*Note: Instruments that require electricity to amplify sound (e.g. keyboards) are not considered acoustic. This program is designed as a practice opportunity for instrumentalists, not singers/vocalists.

Application period for Public Practice is now closed.

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Through a peer review process, amateur musicians are selected based on stated interest and understanding of Public Practice, as well as commitment to practicing music and recreational music-making. There is no audition.

Information subject to change.