Community Outreach & Just for U music program

Shepherd School of Music Outreach

Just for U Music Program student coordinators Tommy Morrison and Teresa Procter

In an era constantly being redefined by the advancement of technology and social media, sharing and playing music with other people remains one of the most powerful ways for people to interact. Inside each and every note of a given performance is an insight into how multiple personalities communicate, as performers, composers, and even audience members contribute to the final product. Through this year’s theme “Playing with Personality”, the JUMP team will give young audiences a chance to explore the highly expressive power of classical music firsthand through a series of six interactive concerts. Shepherd School students will share their experiences of using their art to convey an entire spectrum of thoughts and feelings, while also explaining how the concepts of teamwork, problem-solving, collaboration transcend the classroom and apply to ‘real’ world. Our audiences will not only see firsthand how a piece of music comes to life, but also how the process encourages us to accept our individual differences and work towards a collective goal with each other.

Each year Shepherd School students coordinate JUMP! as an independent study course. In the process, they learn such valuable skills as concert programming, production, promotion, presentation and peer mentoring. 

All concerts are free of charge, but by reservation only. All six inreach concerts are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoons. For questions or reservations, contact us: jump@rice.edu

The inreach (in-house outreach concerts) concept was conceived by students and faculty from the wind chamber music class at the Shepherd School. Student coordinators soon expanded the program to include student performers from all departments at the school.


Rachel Buchman, head of the Young Children’s Division at the the Shepherd School, teaches participating students the special performing skills needed to create a fun and informative classical music experience. Other Shepherd School faculty coach the chamber music groups and advise student leaders on planning and administration.

Student coordinators find many benefits come from the JUMP! program. Sharing music with children is exciting, energizing, and brings a fresh perspective to their art. In addition to attending a free concert in the intimate setting of Duncan Recital Hall, some school groups include a campus tour in their visit to Rice.

For many, it is their first experience on a college campus. As one faculty member observed, “Who knows what dreams can come from these experiences? If even one or two children can be inspired to go to college, it will be worth it.”