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Make Music Day

June 17, 2019

Make Music Country of the Week: China

Make Music China started in 2016, as a pilot project of the China Musical Instrument Association (CMIA).

Its growth ever since has been remarkable. Last year, 160,000 performers took part in 3,000 Make Music Day events across the country, with highlights including traditional Chinese music at Beijing’s Park of Temple of Heaven, 30 events in Huang Qiao Town (the epicenter of Chinese violin making), and a government-issued Make Music China postage stamp.

Over 4,000 events will take place in 160 cities for Make Music China in 2019. For the first time, they will be accompanied by a Make Music Day mascot named Wukong (see post below).

Congratulations to the CMIA for bringing music to millions on June 21!

June 17, 2019

Wukong, the Make Music China Mascot

Make Music China has grown from a pilot program in a few Chinese cities in 2016, to an enormous undertaking with over 4,000 events in 160 cities across the country, led by the China Musical Instrument Association (CMIA).

This year, Make Music China unveils its first mascot, a musical figure named “Wukong” whose image will accompany Make Music Day events around the country.

June 12, 2019

Make Music City of the Week: Chicago

Make Music Chicago is one of North America’s longest-running Make Music Day celebrations, and consistently one of the most innovative.

Presented by the International Music Foundation, Make Music Chicago this year will include a side-by-side play-along with the Chicago Philharmonic; workshops for audio production, steel pans, and kazoos; a flute choir reading session; a Suzuki violin playdown; and a participatory round-singing performance, among hundreds of other events. Chicago’s Sousapalooza will return for the ninth straight year.

Visit the Make Music Chicago website to learn more!

June 12, 2019

Drumbeat to June 21st

People in cities around the country will come outside next week on Make Music Day for special bucket drumming and percussion workshops.

In 30+ cities, all percussionists who attend – kids and adults, professionals and first-timers – will be handed a pair of drum sticks generously donated by Vic Firth and invited to make music together. The events will range from structured classes to free-flowing drum circles, according to the concept of each local organizer. 

Explore the percussion events here!

June 12, 2019

Sousapalooza

Since 2011, Make Music Chicago has pioneered the Sousapalooza – an invitation for hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players to come together and sightread the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa.

This Make Music Day, Sousapaloozas will be held in eight cities around the US, including, for the first time, one in Anchorage, Alaska.

Download the music, bring your horn, and join the band!

June 12, 2019

Sousapalooza

Since 2011, Make Music Chicago has pioneered the Sousapalooza – an invitation for hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players to come together and sightread the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa.

This Make Music Day, Sousapaloozas will be held in eight cities around the US, including, for the first time, one in Anchorage, Alaska.

Download the music, bring your horn, and join the band!

June 12, 2019

Sousapalooza

Since 2011, Make Music Chicago has pioneered the Sousapalooza – an invitation for hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players to come together and sightread the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa.

This Make Music Day, Sousapaloozas will be held in eight cities around the US, including, for the first time, one in Anchorage, Alaska.

Download the music, bring your horn, and join the band!

June 12, 2019

Sousapalooza

Since 2011, Make Music Chicago has pioneered the Sousapalooza – an invitation for hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players to come together and sightread the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa.

This Make Music Day, Sousapaloozas will be held in eight cities around the US, including, for the first time, one in Anchorage, Alaska.

Download the music, bring your horn, and join the band!

June 12, 2019

Sousapalooza

Since 2011, Make Music Chicago has pioneered the Sousapalooza – an invitation for hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players to come together and sightread the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa.

This Make Music Day, Sousapaloozas will be held in eight cities around the US, including, for the first time, one in Anchorage, Alaska.

Download the music, bring your horn, and join the band!

June 12, 2019

The Heart Chant

The Heart Chant is one of composer Pauline Oliveros’s “Deep Listening” meditations, her practice of “listening in every possible way to everything possible, to hear no matter what you are doing.”

Written in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, the Heart Chant’s simple instructions invite any and all to participate in creating community through sound. No musical training is required.

Nearly a dozen Heart Chants will take place around the world on June 21 for Make Music Day. Join one near you, or organize your own!