TakeLessons and Music 4 Miracles Team Up to Help Children with Cancer

Recently, our student counselor Kathleen V. had the opportunity to speak with Kristi Huddleston, the founder and president of the non-profit organization Music 4 Miracles. Based in Florida, this inspiring organization is powered by Kristi’s passion to raise awareness and financial support for families of children diagnosed with cancer. The funds raised help provide education through the gift of music lessons.

Kristi’s journey began when she came into contact with a 9 year old battling cancer, and her heart was immediately inspired to do everything in her power to help that child’s family. Since then, Kristi has helped over 15 families and brought smiles to each of their faces through the gift of music. A musician and songwriter herself, Kristi wrote the song “Already an Angel,” which was inspired by the children she helps on a daily basis and brings about a message of hope through tumultuous times. The song can be purchased through the Music 4 Miracles website, and all proceeds are used toward helping more families and bringing music to children’s lives.

TakeLessons is happy to be able to help set up piano lessons for Bella, one of the Music 4 Miracles children, with our rock star teacher Karen J.  This coming July, we will also help set up another Music 4 Miracles child named Shiloh with in-home guitar lessons! Our thanks goes out to Kristi and the sponsors who make in-home music lessons possible for these children, while also offering hope and the gift of music education that can last a lifetime. To learn more about Music 4 Miracles and how you can become a sponsor, please visit www.music4miracles.org.

The Google Doodle Contest Results are In!

First of all, thanks to everyone who submitted a Google Doodle song yesterday!  You all made it tough to choose a winner because they were all so great!

So without further ado, the winners are:

First Place winner of one free month of music lessons:

Mully from Eaton, Massachusetts for his original composition.
http://goo.gl/doodle/NMmn

Second Place winner of a $100 Best Buy gift card:

Nick from Evansville, Indiana for his piece inspired by Pachelbel’s Canon.
http://goo.gl/doodle/zweCz

Congrats and thanks again for all of your awesome songs!

Also, check out this cool video of a Google Doodle version of “Hey Jude” by The Beatles.  Enjoy!

Les Paul Google Doodle – Contest and 5 Fun Facts!

 

Have you seen Google’s homepage today?  In case you’re wondering what’s so special about it, Google is celebrating the late Les Paul’s 96th birthday!  He is being honored by the electric guitar Google Doodle that you see when you visit the homepage.  The best part?  You can play and record your own songs and share them with your friends – which is exactly what we want you to with our Google Doodle Contest!

Watch to see how it works:

Contest Rules:

–Send your song by 8:00 pm (Pacific time) to community@takelessons.com.
–Post your song on the TakeLessons Facebook page.
–Tweet your song and mention @TakeLessons or use hashtag #TakeLessons
–Submission must be 30 seconds or less

Contest Prizes:

1st Prize – 1 month free music lessons!

2nd Prize – $100 Best Buy gift card!

 

And for your reading pleasure….

Five Facts you may not know about Les Paul:

1.  He could not read music – Though Les Paul was a multi-talented Jazz master, he did not read music and relied on his knowledge of chord structure and progressions, as well as an impeccable ear. Who would have thought?
2.  Not only was his music electric, he was too. Literally! – In 1937 Les Paul had formed a successful jazz trio and landed a radio gig that gave him national exposure.  Like all good gigs, it had to come to an end, the reason being that Les was badly electrocuted at his apartment in Queens!
3.  He was ahead of his time – After playing around with his guitars and equipment at his garage studio in 1947, he recorded a futuristic version of “Lover” on eight electric guitars, all played by him with crazy effects!  He convinced his record label to release it and it became a hit the following year.
4.  Amputation almost left him unable to play – In 1948, Les was in a bad car accident. Instead of having his arm amputated, he made the decision to have it positioned permanently into a right angle, so that he could still play guitar.
5.  He is self-taught – The only formal training that Les had was piano lessons as a child.  He became a guitar god all on his own accord!

So what are you waiting for? Send us your songs!