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May 26, 2023

Make Music City of the Week: Frisco

Make Music Day is growing across Texas this year, with the established Houston and Laredo events now joined by Corsicana, Round Rock, Waxahachie… and this week’s Make Music City of the Week, Frisco!

For the inaugural Make Music Frisco, you can join a kazoo parade around the water park at the Frisco Athletic Center, take a harmonica lesson at the Heritage Museum, learn to play Flowerpot Music at The Harvest at Frisco Commons, or catch Russell Stoneback’s experimental “light guitar” that uses light like sound to create music in the Frisco Discovery Center’s Black Box Theater. Not to mention pop up singer-songwriter performances all over town!

Visit the Make Music Frisco website

May 26, 2023

Make Music Partner of the Week: Makey Makey

Makey Makey joins Make Music Day for the second time in 2023. Using this circuit board, plugged into a computer, performers of all levels can turn everyday objects (like brat and cheese) into touchpads and use them to make music.

This year, Makey Makey will supply kits to selected Make Music Day chapters, and work with them closely to devise new, fun ways to incorporate this technology into collaborative music making and learning through play. Thank you, Makey Makey!

See some inspiring Makey Makey projects from Make Music Day 2022

May 26, 2023

Make Music, Make Friends

In a new global collaboration, Make Music, Make Friends is connecting school children aged 7-13 from Australia, China, India, Italy, Pakistan, Thailand, the U.K., and the U.S. on Make Music Day this year.

Ten classes from each country, coordinated by the Make Music Alliance and Make Music Day UK, are creating musical greeting videos (with traditional or modern songs), sharing them with schools from other countries, and having their students watch these musical messages on June 21.

Through this virtual exchange, Make Music, Make Friends exposes children to different regions and cultures, while providing an authentic audience for their own performance.

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May 20, 2023

Make Music City of the Week: Boston

For the first time since the pandemic, Make Music Boston is back!

Under the new leadership of the Boston Music Project, Make Music Boston will feature an “ultimate jam session” outside of eight food trucks at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a found sound beatmaking battle, a summer solstice festival with the Boston BID, and countless other creative events for and by the huge community of Boston musicians.

Visit the Make Music Boston website

May 20, 2023

Make Music Partner of the Week: Panyard

Steelpans are the only family of chromatic, acoustic instruments developed in the last century. Invented in Trinidad around the Second World War, they are traditionally handmade from oil drums, and hand-tuned by a small number of master pan tuners.

Although historically hard to come by, steelpans will be found in 11 cities around the U.S. in participatory events for Make Music Day 2023, thanks to Panyard’s Jumbie Jams, an entry level steel pan designed to be easily playable by anyone.

Many thanks to Panyard!

May 20, 2023

Roomfuls of Pianos!

Roomful of Pianos has become a highly anticipated event at The NAMM Show in Anaheim CA, bringing spectacular performances of music arranged for 10 pianos, 20 pianos, or even 40 pianos to the show’s international audience of music industry attendees.

This year, Roomful of Pianos comes to Make Music Day, with piano showrooms and music schools hosting colossal piano events around the U.S. on June 21. Among other pieces, repertoire will include free, multiple piano arrangements generously donated by Virtual Sheet Music.

Email us if you want to organize your own Roomful of Pianos event on June 21!

More details here

May 16, 2023

Countdown to MMD 2023: Week 7

I’m sure by now many of you already have figured out the order in which we are going through the keys, and if so, maybe you’re even working ahead of schedule! We are so close to finishing, so please try to be extra diligent in your practice, work on focusing attention on all aspects of playing, and this 12 week practice will have an enormous beneficial effect on your musicianship.

This week, while playing the new key and all of the previous ones, let’s focus our attention on how each note begins; observe what is happening, and then ask yourself if there is a way to polish and refine the beginnings of your notes, to play them as mindfully as possible. See what change this brings about in the sound of your scales.

Have fun! You’re doing great work. See you next week for the next key, and remember to tag us if you’re joining in this challenge, #makemusicpractice

May 9, 2023

Make Music Partner of the Week: Sweetwater

We’d like to take a moment to thank Sweetwater Sound for its longstanding Make Music Day sponsorship!

Since 2016, Sweetwater has spread the word about Make Music Day to thousands of customers, and even organized Make Music Fort Wayne for several years, bringing bands and musical discovery to their Indiana hometown on June 21.

These days, Sweetwater’s dance card in June is filled with GearFest, taking place online June 23-24 with exclusive product launches, artist interviews and performances, unbeatable deals, and above all, gear.

But Sweetwater continues to join its customers in celebrating Make Music Day, and stands by to ship any last-minute gear that may be needed for June 21.

Visit Sweetwater online!

May 9, 2023

Create your own Make Music poster!

As you finalize your Make Music Day plans next month, take advantage of new tools to help get the word out!

You may have noticed our refreshed logos, but we also have an updated, easy-to-use poster generator where you can create images for your newsfeeds and stories, and let everyone know your June 21 plans. (Click the link and scroll down the page.)

Then share your posters on social media using the hashtag #MakeMusicDay, and don’t forget to tag @makemusicday so we can repost!

May 9, 2023

#MySongIsYourSong!

Join Make Music Day’s 4th annual global song swap, #MySongIsYourSong!

As part of Make Music Day, the celebration of music taking place in more than 1,000 international cities on June 21, songwriters and composers of all kinds are invited to record a song by another artist, from another part of the world, and hear one of your original songs covered by them in return!

This year two lucky artists who participate in #MySongIsYourSong will be selected at random to win valuable prizes from our partners: two concert ukuleles from Flight, two Scarlett 4i4 audio interfaces from Focusrite, and two Launchkey 37s from Novation.

Register by May 22nd Deadline extended to May 29th! Sign up at makemusicday.org/songswap. Partners will be carefully selected and introduced the first week of June, then will share their video performances on June 21.