Plugged In is based in Needham, MA. Its dual focus is to give young people a venue through which they can channel their creativity, learn to work in a group, and improve their music skills while learning about the value and importance of social activism. In addition to the Plugged In concerts at the end of each band session, you see Plugged In performing at Needham Business Association functions, the Needham Fourth of July Parade, the Pollard Middle School, and many other local events.
The teaching and learning process is a core value of Plugged in and it transcends everything we do. Through low teacher-to-student ratios, each student gets a great deal of individual attention. In addition, students teach and learn from each other – both in their own bands and from one band to another. We also teach each other about charitable organizations that need our help. We learn about the great work that others are doing around the block and around the world and try to figure out ways to help.
So many young people have no outlet for their enthusiasm and creative energy. Plugged In bands provide nurturing and support in an environment built on mutual respect and understanding. Our success is measured by how we do well, not how well we do. No matter what your musical interest or skill level, Plugged In has a place for you.
It is impossible to separate Plugged In from the causes that we embrace. The money we raise from our concerts goes directly to the charities we play for. In 2006, we raised enough money from our January concert to send our friend from Zimbabwe, Justice Makuni, to university for four years. After school, Justice plans to go back to his village and build a better future. It’s such an empowering feeling to know we played a part in this.
Whether you are a prospective Plugged In student, parent, local business, or you are just interested in the Plugged In experience we would love to hear from you. Music classes begin in February and September, and the summer session begins in July.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or you would like to participate in Plugged In as a volunteer, music teacher, Board Member, or in any other way you can think of please contact us at email@example.com.