Our Mission

Comprising a group of professional music teachers and performers, Porky's Groove Machine is as passionate about education as they are about syncopation. Through performance workshops that are interactive, humorous, and inclusive, Porky's helps students make connections between the fundamentals they are working on and the music they love. Having all been recipients of traditional music educations, they hope to inspire students to think outside the box about what it means to be a musician.

 

Our Experience

Whether conducting middle or high school band and orchestra, or designing and teaching middle school classes on the Beatles, the members of Porky’s Groove Machine are always blurring the lines between traditional roles, boundaries, and expectations in music education. As members of Appleton, WI’s groundbreaking Mile of Music festival Music Education team, they have helped break down the boundaries between performers and audience, helping all festival attendees find their inner musician. Our members have experience teaching:

  • Middle/high school school band, orchestra, and jazz band

  • Private lessons on band, orchestral, and rock band instruments

  • Workshops on improvisation and composition

  • Workshops for youth, adults, college students, and public school teachers of Ghanean dance and rhythm

  • …and much more!

“I loved that the students get to step out of their comfort zones. That’s the whole point, taking that whole experience and applying it to our music, whether it’s jamming as a group or being creative with improvisation." 

Becca Shuman, director of bands at Fridley High School.

Where We Have Presented

  • University School of Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI - Workshops on improvisation, performance, and groove for drumming classes, elementary and middle school choir classes.
  • Fridley High School - Fridley, Minnesota - Workshop on improvisation, groove, and performance for high school band class.
  • Lawrence University Band Camp - Appleton, WI - Educational performance for middle and high school band camp.
  • (Future) - Presenters at 2018 Wisconsin Music Educator's Association Conference - Madison, WI - Presentation Title: "Teaching "Funk-damentals" - Funk as Inclusive Pedagogy."