Wanna Play Music Week
by Brian Rothschild
We all had quite the day yesterday for the kick off of  NAMM’s Wanna Play? campaign. 
The idea is to get everyone playing music.  So don’t worry if you don’t think you’re talented, or not good enough, pick up that dusty guitar and get started making music.  On hand we had the Bacon Brothers, Michael and Kevin, who graciously agreed to work with students from LaGuardia High School in NYC. 

After their appearance on Fox and Friends, we hustled our Bus(tle) to the school where none other than Yoko herself stopped by to wish the kids well.

May 4-8 is National Wanna Play Music Week

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The first week of May is when we celebrate National Wanna Play Music Week!

And if you’ve always wished you could play a musical instrument but for whatever reason haven’t done it yet — this is your chance!

Or maybe you used to play, but life got moving too fast and you just stopped doing it. Well, it’s never too late to get back into music and enjoy its many scientifically proven benefits.

Beginning on May 4, 2009, here are a few of the ways you can participate in the fun of National Wanna Play Music Week

  • Join a Music Monday event or just make time to play music on Music Monday. Music Monday is a North-America-wide celebration of the value of music in schools, communities and our lives.
  • Call our toll-free So Wanna Play Music? Hotline 1-800-767-NAMM Our qualified NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) operators can’t wait to answer your questions about music making.
  • Try out our new “Find a Music Teacher” search. As you can see, we’ve got the largest database of music teachers around and they are excited to meet you.
  • iPhone users — Download our new FREE Wanna Play Music iPhone application and see how musical you can be.
  • Watch for our new Wanna Play Music TV and Radio PSAs featuring Robert Downey Jr., Sara Barellies, Issac Slade and John Legend.

And once you start or re-start playing, visit our site again and “Share Your Story” with the community of music makers just like you who are enjoying the many benefits of playing music.

As you can see, there’s a lot going on during National Wanna Play Music Week. Don’t miss this opportunity to do what you’ve always wished or get back into what you once loved. You don’t have to be great at music to really enjoy it – so start having fun today.



NAMM Announces WANNA PLAY Music Week, May 5–9

First-Ever Week Dedicated to Music Making Begins By Joining with Canada in Celebration of Music Monday

CARLSBAD, CA, March 11, 2008—NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, today announced that May 5–9, 2008 will officially be known as Wanna Play Music Week, a time to recognize the vital role music and music education plays in the lives of all Americans.

Kicking off Wanna Play Music Week on May 5, NAMM will lead U.S. musicians, music organizations and music lovers everywhere to join with the Canadian-based Coalition for Music Education in its fourth annual Music Monday celebration.

On Music Monday, NAMM will invite music makers and musicians from American symphony orchestras, rock bands, jazz ensembles, school bands, hip-hop and rap artists, blues and folk artists to perform the same song together on the same day and at the same exact time to demonstrate music’s importance in our lives.

The Music Monday song will be “Our Song,” composed by Canadian singer/songwriters Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, DALA. The song (in many arrangements) can be downloaded at www.musicmonday.ca.

Wanna Play Music Week is part of NAMM’s nationwide Wanna Play? campaign dedicated to increasing awareness of the proven benefits of playing musical instruments for people of all ages. For more information, interested parties can visitwww.wannaplaymusic.com.

“The members of NAMM and its many partners across the country believe in the power of music and music education in our lives and our schools,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM. “On the first Monday of May, the United States and Canada will create the first North American demonstration of this belief in music and we’ll invite anyone who wants to play or sing along to join the celebration.”

About NAMM
The International Music Products Association, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization’s popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $16 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM, interested parties can visitwww.namm.org or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).