JAMS FOR CAMPS: MVM Benefit Concert & Auction

April 3rd, 2015

Prepare to rock out with your wallet out at JAMS FOR CAMPS Benefit Concert & Auction on Friday, May 1st at My Voice Music.

Our spring benefit concert celebrates growth and renewal and – most importantly – raising funds for our summer camp season serving over 200 youth at MVM Studios and throughout the community. Here are some things to expect:

Live music by Musée MécaniqueHoundstooth, and MVM students.

Silent & live auctions, featuring:

  • MFNW passes
  • Blusefest passes
  • RED FANG package
  • The Decemberists posters
  • Slipcast ceramic boombox
  • Mississippi Studios Package
  • Project Pabst Festival passes and mini-fridge
  • MVM Studios session

Beer from New Belgium Brewing.
Appetizers by Cheryl’s on 12th.

Venue: MVM Studios / Addo: 931 SE 6th, Portland, OR 97214


$20 Advance
$25 Day of Show
Get $5 off per ticket using the code JAMS4CAMPS5 until April 15th!


My Voice Music Summer Rock Camps – Early Bird Discount

March 11th, 2015

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Register Here using the code EARLYBIRD10 for a 10% discount until April 1st!

2015 Summer Rock Camps

My Voice Music Rock Camps are a fast-paced introduction to music and performance for kids with or without musical experience. Kids learn the basics of writing songs, participate in team building activities, and perform their original works at the end of the week.

Session I: June 22-26
Session II: August 10-14
Session III: August 24-28
When: M-F, 9am-2:30pm
Ages: 9-14
Cost: $320
Where: MVM Studios – 931 SE 6th Ave, Portland 97214

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More 2015 Classes & Programs:


Advanced Recording Camp

Already have songs written or know how to play instruments?  Collaborate with peers, or stay solo, while you learn to record by recording your own music in our summer Advanced Recording Camp!

Write & Record Lightning Sessions

Write and record a song from scratch every session!  Come by, see how it’s done, and help us create some great music!  This program is run by our Founder, Ian Mouser, and is a very fast paced introduction to MVM’s approach to helping folks break writer’s block and just get recording. Open to folks of all skill levels willing to jump in and start working in a guided group environment immediately.

Open Mic Nights

Do you write original music? Ready to perform? Come join us the last Friday of every month for Open Mic night! Sign-ups are from 6:30 – 7 pm and the Open Mic portion of the evening runs from 7-9 pm.

Songwriting Circle

This free songwriting circle is for youth interested in exploring the craft of songwriting and honing their skills under the guidance of MVM staff. Participants will share an original, finished or unfinished piece of music they’re currently working on, and the group will listen and provide helpful, constructive feedback. MVM provides a safe and respectful environment where budding songwriters can share original music and learn more about the overall process of songwriting.

Audio Engineering & Mixing

Learn to Engineer and Mix Your Own Songs Using Pro-Tools and Garage Band

Weekly Rock Camp

Experience our Rock Camps in a weekly setting. You will learn to write, record and perform your own original song(s) as a band. Beginners welcome! 

Leadership Training

Gain training in order to teach at MVM’s Summer Rock Camps and earn a stipend.

Recording Sessions

Take advantage of MVM Studios mixing and tracking rooms, and the expertise of our staff to record your songs in a professional creative space. Includes MVM studio and engineer.

Spring Break Rock Camp (March 23-27)

February 18th, 2015

SPRING BREAK ROCK CAMP is just around the corner

Register online now: http://myvoicemusic.org/classes.html

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2014 Spring Break Rock Camp

Write, Record, and Perform Your Own Songs at MVM Rock Camps. Beginners welcome!

Your Voice is Making a Huge Impact

January 6th, 2015


6fd577b7-2d92-49ea-998f-3c868837b3fcAs another year closes I continue to be humbled. Words are not enough to express the gratefulness I feel as I watch our community support this vision overwhelmingly. Every year since founding we have grown boldly. 2014 was no different.

With your help in 2014, My Voice Music:

      • Built a recording studio in SE Portland…we call it MVM Studios, and we are already recording some of our students’ original full-length albums!
      • Served nearly 2,000 youth through partnerships with organizations including Caldera, Friends of the Children, Albertina Kerr Centers, Morrison Child and Family, Mt. Scott Learning Center, the Right Brain Initiative, and others
      • Received the “Top of The Class” award for “innovative after-school programming” by the National After School Association. (We were one of 32 organizations nationally to be awarded!)
      • Hosted rock camps out of MVM Studios for 80 aspiring rockers.
      • Provided paid stipends for our High School Student Leaders.

“I just want people to hear my music and my message. You made that happen for me. Thank you.” – MVM Youth at Mississippi Studios Student Showcase.

In 2015 we will begin to grow year-round programs out of MVM Studios targeting high-school-aged musicians ready to begin recording, engineering, mixing and performing. We will do this while expanding our therapeutic programs and philosophy to even more organizations serving youth in crisis.

I am continually inspired by the youth at My Voice Music, by our staff, our volunteers, and our supporters. We are, all of us, a community of people working to find, to refine, and to share our voices. We
are blessed through this process to the extent we are willing to be vulnerable, to introspect, to share.

Thank you for generously sharing your voice with My Voice Music this year. The growth I see in our youth, in our organization, and even in myself, could not happen without such a rich community contributing to this mission.

Best wishes, and with much gratitude,

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Ian Mouser
MVM Founder / Executive Director

My Voice Music’s Give!Guide Incentives

December 11th, 2014

logo copyThe Willamette Week has as pretty stellar list of incentives for folks who donate through the GIve!Guide, and we have sweetened the pot by adding some incentives exclusively for MVM donors. Check out our list below and please give to MVM in the Give!Guide.


December 14th – Toro Bravo Gift Package
Surprise the foodie in your family with an autographed copy of the Toro Bravo cookbook and a $40 gift certificate…or keep it for yourself!

December 18th – Zipcar Package
A one-year Zipcar membership and $50 credit (a $135 value), or $75 credit if you already have a membership.
BONUS: All donors through the Give!Guide December 18th are also entered to win a case of Rogue Distillery spirits!

December 31st – Mt. Hood Ski Package
Ring in the New Year with a Mt. Hood Meadows 2014/2015 day lift pass and $50 Timberline gift certificate.

Every donor of $25 or more will receive a pint of beer courtesy of Radio Room.

Every $500 donated to MVM from November through December in the Give!Guide will earn MVM a ukulele courtesy of Portland Music Company.



My Voice Music Holiday Student Showcase – December 14th, 2014

December 5th, 2014

Student Showcase 2014 Web Button-01Watch our students rock their hearts out at one of Portland’s most popular music venues, Mississippi Studios!

Anyone who gives to MVM through the Willamette Week Give!Guide on this day will be entered to win a Toro Bravo gift package, including an autographed copy of the Toro Bravo: Stories, Recipes, No Bull cookbook and a gift card to the restaurant!

Purchase Tickets Here

Event Details:
December 14th
Mississippi Studios: 3939 NE Mississippi Ave, PDX
Tickets: $10 or FREE with student ID at the door
Proceeds will be donated to MVM through the Willamette Week Give!Guide

Rock Bottom Brewery Tapping Party Benefit for MVM

November 15th, 2014


Join us on December 4th to tap Rock Bottoms Brewery’s WICKED ELF ALE with performances by MVM students and proceeds benefitting MVM.

Event Information:
• December 4th, 5:30pm at Rock Bottom Brewery: 206 SW Morrison, PDX

• All sales from $3 pints go to MVM.

• All sales from raffle go to MVM. Prizes provided by Rock Bottom.

MVM Ugly Sweater Bingo Give!Guide Night

November 15th, 2014

Bingo 2014 Poster-01Ugly Sweater Bingo is full of bingo fun, prizes provided by local businesses, and a contest for ugliest sweater, all while supporting MVM through the Willamette Week Give!Guide!

BINGO + Ugly Sweater Contest
November 20, 2014
7pm – 9pm
At Radio Room: 1110 ne Alberta St. PDX
$5 per card
3 for $10
$25 to play for the night!
No entrance fee
Prizes provided by local businesses.
Minors welcome until 9pm.

Meet Monica: Outreach & Program Coordinator

November 12th, 2014

MVM Spring Break 14'I’m absolutely thrilled to deepen my involvement with My Voice Music as the new Outreach & Program Coordinator. I’ve been a Program Leader/Music Teacher for My Voice since March 2014. I first heard about MVM from Albertina Kerr’s Volunteer Program Coordinator. After years of being a musician and teacher, I became interested in using music as an expressive and healing art, especially with youth struggling with mental and physical illnesses. During this time, I received a small “seed” grant from The Pollination Project to run a therapeutic music workshop for teens with illness. I approached My Voice to see if they were interested in aligning with my project and in turn, I was able to use their resources and community alliances. This was just the beginning of our relationship.

Soon after, I began working as a teacher in a variety of MVM programming. I realized rather quickly what a unique and progressive music school it is. In my opinion, as a teacher, there is nothing more vital than teaching a child or teenager how to hone, own, and use their creative voice in this world. My Voice implements music programs that help youth write songs and record with little or no musical experience. I have seen the power of youth creating on the spot and discovering their voice in many settings including Portland Public Schools, Caldera Summer Camps, MVM Rock Camps, Albertina Kerr Sub-Acute Center and Youth Villages to name a few. Through MVM, I’ve also taught songwriting workshops, private and group lessons, bilingual toddler music classes, workshops for Right Brain Initiative, and bucket drumming classes for PDX Pop Now.

With these broad and eclectic experiences, I have seen music shift the darkest of moods, uplift the most critical self-doubter or non-believer, and release raw emotions in a positive, productive way. I have seen the pride and self-confidence that youth experience after creating their own song. I have personally witnessed the power of music and self-expression through my work with My Voice Music and I’m excited to develop our programming to reach even more under-served youth in the community. Feel free to reach out and contact me with any comments, suggestions, or questions.


Monica Metzler

P.S.- Check out my newest solo album release under Moniker, “The Cruelest Month”: http://monikers.bandcamp.com/album/the-cruelest-month


MVM VI Sponsor Profile: Radio Room

September 25th, 2014

Radio Room Black LogoPlease join us in thanking the Radio Room for stepping up as the presenting sponsor of MVM VI. Radio Room has been one of strongest supporters of My Voice Music since nearly the beginning. They support us throughout the year and their dedication to our community is unparalleled.

“We support My Voice Music because we share a deeply held belief that music is a uniquely empowering form of expression, especially in young people who may be struggling to find a voice and a place in an often chaotic world.” ~ Brian Alfrey, Radio Room

We’ve got a lot of great things in store with our Radio Room friends. Stay tuned for details about our ugly sweater bingo night this holiday season and a brand-new student showcase series in 2015!


Radio Room MF Tasty Burger

Radio Room’s Johnny Royale burger was named the Best Burger in Portland’s Alberta neighborhood by Thrillist.

Radio Room Oregon Live

Oregon Live calls Radio Room a “something-for-everyone destination.”

Pull pork tostadas.

Pulled pork tostadas.

Radio Room Upper Deck

The gorgeous view from Radio Room’s upper deck patio.

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