ZUMIX empowers young people to build successful futures for themselves, transforming lives and community through music, technology, and creative employment.
ZUMIX offers free and low-cost after-school group and individual programming over three semesters: Spring, Summer, and Fall.
- Spring programs are available in English and Español
- Apply for programs in English and Español
Songwriting & Performance – ZUMIX participants develop critical thinking and literacy skills as they analyze, write, and discuss issues that affect their lives. These programs foster artistic development, as well as confidence and teamwork skills as youth express themselves through music, theater, and dance. Projects include the creation of an original show with a two-week summer tour, monthly open mic events, and the production of a compilation CD.
Creative Media & Technology – Z-Tech is a technical training program that introduces young people to audio and computer technologies using an experiential and interactive approach. The training component is divided into four sections:
- Live Audio Engineering
- Beatmaking & Music Production
- Studio Recording
- Audio Troubleshooting & Repair
Z-Tech empowers young people to apply their newfound skills in an entrepreneurial way, as it includes hands-on training and year-round paid contract work for all graduates.
ZUMIX Radio - ZUMIX Radio promotes youth and community voices in East Boston, while supporting teens to learn valuable 21st century skills in technology, radio production, communication, and journalism. Radio classes train participants to host their own live radio broadcasts, produce their own radio stories, and develop meaningful relationships with adult mentors. Want to know what's playing? Check the ZUMIX Radio Schedule!
Instrumental Music – ZUMIX offers private and group music instruction in piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, brass, woodwinds, and African drumming. Our instructors combine the educational and developmental philosophies of mentoring with ZUMIX's focus on music and the arts as life-sustaining and empowering forms of education.
As participants continue their studies, young instrumentalists improve their artistry through Music Theory classes and learn group-building skills in ensembles which allow youth to perform at a variety of events throughout the city