Spencer Frohwirth began teaching music production and technology for the Newark Museum’s Camp Junior Museum in 2009. The response of the students and their parents was so positive that he has since used sound and music as a principle tool in reaching youth. Since 2011, he has taught digital music production regularly for the Institute of Music for Children, the United Youth of New Jersey, and the Eport Pres Center. For the last 3 years, he has been a resident teaching artist for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at Newark’s Brick Avon Academy and Marion P. Thomas Charter School. In addition to teaching students in a computer lab setting, Spencer has produced several collaborative projects where teachers and students compose instrumentals, choreograph dance, write poetry and lyrics, and perform together in front of audiences. In 2015, he founded Collaborate Audio Lab, an organization that aims to inspire the local community via audio-based projects. They are currently spearheading “Newark In Tune”, a collaborative song by Newark youth, educators, and musicians celebrating the city’s 350th Anniversary in 2016.
For this project, Spencer wants to continue his evolution of community involvement in order to create an exciting and interactive learning environment, bringing together youth and professionals in meaningful ways in downtown Newark. He seeks to give a new group of youth enriching experiences in music production, collaborating with professional artists and musicians, and developing their voice in the chaos of growing up.
“The conductor doesn’t make a sound, he depends for his power on his ability to make other people powerful” –Benjamin Zander, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra