TakeLessons Rocks with NAMM at Recent AARP Event

Earlier this month, our TakeLessons piano teacher Dee L. from Kissimmee, FL had the opportunity to work with our partner NAMM and perform at the AARP conference in Orlando, Florida. Dee was selected to accompany the AARP Voices Choir composed of conference attendees who performed “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “California Dreamin'” at the conference’s closing session.

This year marks the first time NAMM has coordinated this type of performance. The choir of 40 attendees was assembled and rehearsed on-site, before opening for celebrity guests Whoopi Goldberg, Larry King and 6,000 fellow attendees. According to NAMM, the performance was extremely successful in illustrating the message that anyone can get involved in making music, regardless of talent or experience.

Check out a few pictures from their performance below!


Dee setting up for the performance


The choir performing to Dee’s accompaniment


Thank you Dee for being such an outstanding representative for TakeLessons!

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TakeLessons Board of Advisors Member Named Kennedy Center Trustee

Chuck OrtnerTakeLessons Board of Advisors member Charles B. “Chuck” Ortner has been named by President Obama as one of four new trustees to the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  He will serve a six year term on the board, beginning immediately.

A partner at Proskaur Rose LLP in New York City, Chuck focuses his practice on the entertainment and media industries.  He has been a member of the TakeLessons Board of Advisors since 2009.

Chuck has represented many of the world’s most successful recording artists (including Madonna, U2, Shania Twain, Michael Jackson, Sting, The Police, Janet Jackson, Green Day, The Eagles, Bon Jovi, John Legend, Bonnie Raitt, Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Maroon 5, Joss Stone, My Chemical Romance, Matisyahu, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, Meat Loaf, Collective Soul, Lauryn Hill, and Rob Thomas/ Matchbox 20), renowned record producers (including Phil Ramone, Rick Rubin, Jermaine Dupri, and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds) and leading entertainment industry executives and entrepreneurs (including Jimmy Iovine, Chris Blackwell, Russell Simmons, Clive Calder, Robert Sillerman and Antonio “LA” Reid). He also is the National Legal Counsel to the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. (the GRAMMY® Award organization).

Chuck is also a  member of the SoundExchange Artist Advisory Board, a member of the executive committee and the board of trustees of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and served as counsel to MusiCares, Inc., a charity devoted to providing assistance to indigent, aged and infirm members of the music community. He currently serves as president of the Kanye West Foundation, which supports educational initiatives.

Congratulations to Chuck on this great honor!

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