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We're Hiring! School Program Education Director

TakeLessons is hiring a part-time consultant for a School Program Music Education Director. This person's job duties will be to help us develop programs and curriculum for our School Advantage program. The TakeLessons School Advantage Program provides music enrichment courses and camps for schools, community based organizations, and private consumers. The goal of the program is to become America’s largest provider of music enrichment classes and camps by working with private schools, creati

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Artist Residencies Available in Suasalito CA

Headlands Call for Applications Headlands Center for the Arts is an internationally recognized residency program that hosts artists from across the globe working in all disciplines. Headlands provides emerging, mid-career and established artists with the scarce resources of time and space for open-ended investigation, experimentation and collaboration. Artists are selected based on the quality of their work and their interest in working at Headlands. Headlands seeks artists who are int

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What's the TakeLessons Nutty Award?

Here at the TakeLessons office, we believe in working hard. At the end of the week, we celebrate with a Friday get-together we call the "Meeting of the Minds". During the meeting, we may have a soda, glass of wine, or a fine Trader Joe's dark lager, and we brainstorm on how we can make the business better. One of our core values is an "Ownership Mentality". What that means is that each team member is personally responsible to the rest of the team to think and act like an owner. We all have st

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For New York Singers: Free Vocal Screening

When: April 4 Where: New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Voice and Swallowing Institute New York, NY Are you a pro, or taking singing classes in New York? In honor of World Voice Day 2009, MusiCares, along with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and KayPentax, is co-sponsoring a day of free voice screenings for New York-based professional vocalists. The event will take place on April 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary's Voice and Swallowing Institute. The sc

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What Song Was #1 When You Were Born?

Here's a fun site by Josh Hosler that shows what was the big hit song, according to Billboard, when you blessed the world with your presence. Check it out!

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Tech Updates to the TakeLessons Site

(Chuck and Jason making things happen on the site) As a public service announcement to all of our wonderful and fabulous users, we did a site upgrade last night. Here are the upgrades, changes, and additions: New Feature Did a Facebook integration launch. It's still secretly hidden for a week or so until we do further testing on it. But it's going to be very cool! Changed wording on "subjects taught" in the application to all instructors to specify levels. We need them to be ab

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How One Musician Uses Twitter to Gain Fans

Are you new to Twitter? Here's how Steve Lawson is using Twtter to market his music. In essence, like Steve (who is an awesome bassist), we believe that Twitter is about opening dialogue and having conversations with people. Talking about music is simply an awesome way to interact with another person - especially if they are digging your music. "I think the everyday life of musicians is fascinating - you practicing, you struggling to write songs, the hardships of being a creative person, is way

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Schwarzenegger Declares March as "Arts Education Month"

Governor Schwarzenegger declared March 2009 as "Arts Education Month" through an official proclamation on March 6. "It is crucial that the future leaders of our state receive a complete education, and arts instruction ensures that they will be well rounded," stated Schwarzenegger in the proclamation. "The arts enhance imagination and creativity, encouraging our young people's sense of innovation. Additionally, California's economy is well supported by artistic industries, and a solid bac

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National Endowment of the Arts "Access to Artistic Excellence" Grant Program Deadline Extended to March 19

From our friends at the California Arts Council: Image by johnlamb via Flickr The media and public have been very focused on the economic stimulus package funding for arts jobs in recent weeks, but the California Arts Council reminds arts administrators to consider other National Endowment for the Arts grants, especially Access to Artistic Excellence ... and especially since the March deadline for the program has been extended to next Thursday, March 19. Organizations have almost another we

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