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TakeLessons Teams up with Kevin Bacon, NAMM, and MTNA for Wanna Play Music Week

TakeLessons is powering the NAMM's Wanna Play Music Lesson Locator. This free "Find Music Lessons Near You" search tool at www.wannaplaymusic.com,
features one of the most comprehensive databases of music teachers on
the Web from NAMM's network of Member stores, the Music Teachers
National Association
(MTNA) and TakeLessons. This easy-to-use tool helps people who are interested in
learning to play music to easily find a qualified music teacher in
their neighborhood by simply entering their zip code or city
information.

Here is the full release from our friends at NAMM.

Celebrities Rally with Kids in Nationwide Effort to
Promote Music Making as NAMM Wraps Up Second Annual National Wanna Play
Music Week

National
Survey Shows 85 percent of Americans Wanna Play Music, as Thousands of
Aspiring Musicians Flock to 'Wanna Play Music' Web site


We wanted to show our support for what NAMM and others are doing to help encourage people to get out and play music



Music
is obviously a huge part of our lives. Playing a musical instrument can
help drive a passion that can last a lifetime and play an integral part
in maintaining a healthy mind and body.



The
tremendous response to National Wanna Play Music Week, the popularity
of our music-making tools, and the support from so many notable music
makers reinforces our belief in the power of music making



Find Music Lessons Near You


Carlsbad, Calif. (PRWEB)
May 8, 2009 — NAMM, the 108-year-old, not-for-profit association of
the international music products industry, concluded its annual
National Wanna Play Music Week today, after a monumental period of
music making that drew the participation of stars, such as Kevin Bacon
and Yoko Ono. With the goal to build awareness of the proven benefits
of playing musical instruments for people of all ages, NAMM executed
the week-long series of events to encourage the music maker in every
American.

Kevin Bacon, left with brother Michael Bacon, right and Yoko Ono, center, joined students from LaGuardia High School in New York, May 4, 2009, to kick Wanna Play Music Week which runs from May 4th-8th. The program aims to build awareness for the benefits of playing music.
Kevin
Bacon, left with brother Michael Bacon, right and Yoko Ono, center,
joined students from LaGuardia High School in New York, May 4, 2009, to
kick Wanna Play Music Week which runs from May 4th-8th. The program
aims to build awareness for the benefits of playing music.

Music Week Launch with The Bacon Brothers, Yoko Ono and the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" House Band.

NAMM kicked off the week with "Music Monday," a five-year tradition
started by the Canadian-based Coalition for Music Education that
encourages musicians, music organizations, school bands and music
lovers everywhere to play music at the same time to demonstrate the
galvanizing power of making music. During NAMM's second year
participating in "Music Monday," more 2,000 schools and organizations
rallied across North America to simultaneously play music together with
celebrity musicians participating in the effort on both coasts.

In New York, The Bacon Brothers, featuring acclaimed actor Kevin
Bacon and his brother, award-winning film and TV composer Michael
Bacon, helped to launch National Wanna Play Music Week in the U.S., and
appeared nationally on "Fox & Friends," on behalf of NAMM. On Music
Monday, The Bacon Brothers performed before a crowd of students at the
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing
Arts, promoting music in schools, along with Yoko Ono and the John
Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

"We wanted to show our support for what NAMM and others are doing to
help encourage people to get out and play music," said Kevin Bacon.
"Music is obviously a huge part of our lives. Playing a musical
instrument can help drive a passion that can last a lifetime and play
an integral part in maintaining a healthy mind and body."

In Los Angeles, late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" lent the
talents of its house band, Cleto & the Cletones, toward the effort
of making music. Bandleader Cleto Escobedo III and lead guitarist Toshi
Yanagi performed music with a band class at Nightingale Middle School
in Los Angeles. Students were later treated to a private jam session
with Cleto & the Cletones, visiting the set of "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
and hanging out with the entire band and Jimmy Kimmel himself.

"The tremendous response to National Wanna Play Music Week, the
popularity of our music-making tools, and the support from so many
notable music makers reinforces our belief in the power of music
making," said Joe Lamond, NAMM's president and CEO. "NAMM is
consistently seeking out new ways to connect people with the enjoyment
and proven benefits of playing music and creating simple ways for
anyone to get involved. It's never too late to learn to play a musical
instrument, whether you are five or 85. Even beyond NAMM's National
Wanna Play Music Week, any time is a great time to give music making a
try."

TakeLessons team members Drew Davies and Steven Cox at the NAMM Show.Tools to Make Music Making Easy

According to the recent "2009 Public Attitudes Toward Music" Gallup
survey *, 85 percent of Americans wish they could play music. In
response to that desire, NAMM created several user-friendly services
and tools aimed to help anyone begin to play music. With the goal of
educating consumers on the benefits of playing music and empowering
them to easily find quality music instructors, NAMM also has developed
a variety of tools, which were unveiled during National Wanna Play
Music Week, including:

  • Music Lesson Locator – This free "Find Music Lessons Near You" search tool at www.wannaplaymusic.com,
    features one of the most comprehensive databases of music educators on
    the Web from NAMM's network of Member stores, the Music Teachers
    National Association (MTNA) and TakeLessons.com, a nationwide provider
    of lessons. This easy-to-use tool helps people who are interested in
    learning to play music to easily find a qualified music teacher in
    their neighborhood by simply entering their zip code or city
    information.
  • So
    You Wanna Play Music? Hotline – As an additional resource for National
    Wanna Play Music Week, a special hotline was established to help
    connect people curious about playing music with a NAMM representative
    to ask any questions they may have about ways to get started, how to
    select the best instrument, and how to overcome the most common
    challenges.
  • Wanna
    Play? Film Contest – NAMM reached out to more than 500,000 music and
    film enthusiasts, asking them to participate in its short film contest,
    highlighting the positive aspects of making music. Working with
    OurStage, an online community site for filmmakers, submissions will be
    accepted throughout May with the short film winner receiving $5,000
    cash, a MacBook Pro, various computer software for video and audio
    editing, and a trip to the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, Tenn. for a
    world premiere of his or her film.
  • Music Making Resources – The www.wannaplaymusic.com
    Web site also featured daily themes that help to educate and build
    awareness around making music, and highlighted important trends, tools
    and news in the world of music.

National Wanna Play Music Week is part of the association's ongoing
Wanna Play? public awareness campaign, which recognizes the vital role
that music and music education play in people's lives, and how
recreational music making can directly impact the health and social
well being of people in all stages of life.

 
About NAMM
The National Association of Music Merchants, commonly
called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade
shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and
strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products
industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music
making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of more than 9,000
Member companies. For more information about NAMM, interested parties
can visit www.namm.org or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).

*According to the April 2009 Gallup Poll entitled "2009 Public Attitudes Toward Music"

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