Eighth Annual Teach Music Week – March 21 to 27

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Provided by KeepMusicAlive Org

The 8th Annual Teach Music Week will be celebrated Monday, March 21 through Sunday, March 27.  This annual week-long holiday invites musicians, music schools, independent instructors, music stores and other music organizations to offer a free lesson or class to new students (both children and adults).  This year, over 1,000 locations in fifteen countries will participate including the U.S., Australia, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Teach Music Week is celebrated annually during the third week of March to coincide with national Music in Our Schools Month®.  Anyone interested in learning to play an instrument is encouraged to seek out a participating location or musician friend to help get them started.  Teach Music Week also invites public, private and charter schools to schedule activities that will encourage more students to sign up for music, band and chorus classes.

Vincent James, co-founder of Keep Music Alive, said: “We all know that the biggest hurdle to doing something, is often just getting started. With Teach Music Week, we are hoping to inspire a new generation of musicians who will continue reaping the many benefits of playing music, long after the month of March is over.”

Keep Music Alive is honored to welcome the following music brands and organizations as partners for the 8th Annual Teach Music Week:  Alfred MusicCasioConn-SelmerD’Addario FoundationHungry For MusicKala Brand MusicMusicologyMusic & Sound RetailerREMO PercussionSpirit of Harmony Foundation & Taylor Guitars.  Together, they are helping to share the Teach Music Week message, inspiring more children and adults to begin their musical journey. Music & Arts, the largest music lesson provider in the country, will participate in Teach Music Week by hosting a free group guitar lesson for kids 8 to 13 years old on Saturday, March 26 at participating stores, with over 230 locations nationwide. RSVP to attend.

Individual locations from additional chains participating this year include Long & McQuade, KindermusikGymboree Play & MusicMusic Together and the School of Rock.  Keep Music Alive is also grateful for grant support received from The Les Paul Foundation and the Music Nomad “One for Music” Program.  For more information or to find participating locations, please visit TeachMusicWeek.org or call or email (610) 874-6312, info@KeepMusicAlive.org.

Keep Music Alive is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit on a mission to help more kids (and adults) reap the educational, therapeutic and social benefits of playing music. To support this mission, they created two international music holidays: Teach Music Week (third week in March) and Kids Music Day (first Friday in October).  Each year, Keep Music Alive partners with hundreds of music school and retail locations to celebrate by offering free music lessons and holding numerous community events including open houses, student music performances, musical instrument petting zoos, community jams, instrument donation drives and more.  For more information, please visit www.KeepMusicAlive.org 

Music in Our Schools Month® is a registered trademark owned by the National Association for Music Education. 

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