Student Mentors Needed

MYSO is currently seeking students to serve as volunteer mentors for MYSO’s beginning instrumental programs in the 2022-23 school year, starting in September 2022.

Who is eligible:
  • MYSO musicians in Senior Symphony, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia, 8th grade and up.

Instrumental Need:

    • NEW THIS YEAR: we need woodwind, brass, and percussion players to mentor 5th grade beginning musicians in MYSO’s new Prelude Wind Ensemble program;


    • string players to mentor students in the Progressions program (3rd & 4th grades) and Prelude Orchestra (4th-8th grades)


Why be a mentor?
  • Make a difference by nurturing young musicians.
  • Pass along what others have taught you: playing skills, good practice habits, and learning to play collaboratively within an ensemble.
  • It challenges you to articulate and sequence the beginner learning experience.
  • Earn service credits, if applicable.
Mentors may be asked to:kids with male mentor
  • be a teaching assistant or tutor;
  • help model good classroom habits: be attentive to the teacher and actively participate. Students will notice and imitate you!
  • help model good playing habits, posture, hand position, bow hold; show them how to hold instrument correctly;
  • help students find book, page, or piece; help them follow along;
  • help tune instruments;
  • identify and assist students who need extra help in rehearsal.
When & Where:

Please volunteer for at least one day per week within the following schedule:


  • Mondays (Prelude Orchestra): 5:00 – 6:15 pmkids with mentor
  • Tuesdays (Progressions Lessons): 3:00 – 6:45 pm
  • Wednesdays (Progressions Sectional Class): 4:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Thursdays (Progressions Orchestra): 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion:

  • Tuesdays (Prelude Wind Ensemble Lessons): 4:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesdays (Prelude Wind Ensemble Sectional Class): 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Thursdays (Prelude Wind Ensemble Band): 5:30 – 7:00 pm

All take place at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.

Mentors must attend a short training session. Details to follow.

If you are interested in mentoring these young musicians, please complete the form below.

Call the MYSO office at 414-267-2950 and ask for Community Program Manager Sabrina Raber.

Progressions & Prelude Orchestra Mentor Application

I'm a string player, and I am available to volunteer for two hours per week on the following days (check all that apply)
I'm a woodwind, brass, or percussion player, and I am available to volunteer for two hours per week on the following days (check all that apply)
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