Exciting News from NAMM – Register for SchoolJam USA!

WP_WebBanner300x250V3Exciting news from our partner NAMM about a great opportunity for TakeLessons students to showcase their talents and possibly win some very cool prizes…

The second annual national SchoolJam USA competition is inviting middle and high school teens to enter this year’s battle for the title of “Best Teen Band in the USA!”

Produced by NAMM, the competition highlights quality musical teen talent who aspire to be discovered by music industry professionals, have a passion for music, and want to help promote the significance of their schools’ music programs.

Teen musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, with the majority of band members currently registered in a middle or high school in the United States, and are in an unsigned band, are eligible to participate.  Bands have until October 15, 2010 to register online at www.schooljamusa.com.  Bands can perform any genre of music, but the song must be original content or designated as “public domain.” 

12 semi-finalists from each of four regions will be announced on Nov. 1, 2010; online voting for the top 10 finalists will be open to the public from November 1-30, 2010.  The top two finalists from each region along with two “wild card” finalists will advance to the final competition on January 15, 2011, which will take place at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.

The winning band will walk away with the grand prize trip of a lifetime to perform at the original SchoolJam festival in Frankfurt Germany, as well as receive a private music video recording session on the John Lennon Educational Bus, $1,000 towards the purchase of new gear and $5,000 for their school music program.

Reinforcing the competition’s mission to encourage active music making among teenagers, all finalists will receive a credit toward the purchase of musical merchandise from a local NAMM Member music product retailer of their choice.  In addition, each of the top 10 finalists’ schools will receive funding to support their school music programs.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to showcase your talent – register your band today at www.schooljamusa.com!  You can also follow SchoolJam USA on Facebook and Twitter.

Looking for a New Hobby This School Year? Take Music Lessons!

back to schoolSeptember has arrived, which means that children across the country are heading back to school.  As the daily routine of class, homework and sports practice resumes, the beginning of a new school year is also the perfect time to start music lessons!

Research has proven that children experience many benefits from music lessons, including increased brain activity and development, improved memorization and small motor skills, and increased self-confidence that carries over into schoolwork and other outside activities.  Music lessons also help to keep children engaged in school, thereby increasing academic achievement.

Unfortunately, tighter budgets have forced many schools to cut funding for music programs, which means that many children no longer have the opportunity to study music as part of their regular school curriculum.  In order to provide an alternative environment for these students to continue their musical education, TakeLessons is proud to offer music lessons at our new lesson centers located at over 75 Childtime, Children’s Courtyard, La Petite and Tutor Time schools across the country.

Beginning this month, students ages 5-12 in cities such as Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle will have the opportunity to take voice, piano or guitar lessons after school at one of these lesson center locations. The program also offers piano lessons for children as young as three, as well as the option for students to take in-home lessons with other family members.  By enrolling in this program, parents can feel confident that their children will continue to receive the music education that is so important to their development.

Of course, our regular in-home or in-studio lessons are always an option for students looking for one-on-one musical training in a variety of instruments, from the flute to the ukulele.  Working with a TakeLessons Certified Instructor allows students of all ages to expand their musical knowledge and develop new skills at the same time.  Call us at 877-231-8505 or visit www.takelessons.com to schedule your fall music lessons today!