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June 21, 2023

MMD scale challenge: 12 keys completed!

We are finishing our scale challenge today, on Make Music Day, with the 12th key, Bb major. Congratulations! You have learned all of the major scales, which is a major achievement and something to be very proud of.

For today’s practice, you know what to do—play this scale thoughtfully, with awareness, listen as you play, and don’t rush. See if you can play it perfectly the first time through, by waiting until you are sure of the next note before you play it. This may seem really slow and tedious, but this cultivation of awareness will resonate through everything you play, and elevate the level of your playing. As before, play all of the previous scales that we learned, and assess how much you have grown as a musician in the past 12 weeks. Maybe you will choose to continue this work beyond Make Music Day, with the minor scales, or something else?

The route we took through all the keys was a little unusual, and I hope that this was interesting and stimulated further thought about the order in which you practice. Thank you for joining us, and Happy Make Music Day! #makemusicpractice

June 20, 2023

10 Press Previews for Make Music Day

  1. What’s new about this year’s Make Music Madison?,” by Hannah Ritvo, The Isthmus, June 19, 2023
  2. CT towns to host Make Music Day celebrations on June 21,” by Abby Weiss, CT Insider, May 31, 2023
  3. Hawaiʻi prepares to celebrate Make Music Day,” by Russell Subiono, Hawaii Public Radio, June 14, 2023
  4. Make Music Day invites Huntsville musicians to show their skills,” by Alex Pfenenger, Alabama Public Radio, June 20, 2023
  5. Make Music New York to Present Unique Open Performance of Mozart’s ‘Requiem’,” by David Salazar, Opera Wire, June 19, 2023
  6. Make Music Day comes back to Salem in full-force on June 21,” by Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting, June 16, 2023
  7. Music Mania: International Make Music Day brings extra strums and drums to Santa Fe,” by Alex De Vore and Noah Hale, Santa Fe Reporter, June 14, 2023
  8. Randolph Readies for Global Celebration of Music,” The Herald, June 8, 2023
  9. Laredo musicians invited to perform as part of Make Music Day,” by Louis San Miguel, Laredo Morning Times, June 13, 2023
  10. Want to learn guitar or join a kazoo parade? York’s Make Music Day will make that possible,” by Tina Locurto, York Dispatch, June 12, 2023

More press previews here!

June 18, 2023

Make Music City of the Week: Lviv, Ukraine

In Ukraine, Make Music Day celebrates its 10th anniversary in Lviv, where the event continues to flourish despite Russia’s invasion of the country.

Sixty-seven musical groups, ranging from electronic music to the Ukrainian hurdy-gurdy, are on the schedule at 44 locations in the city, all with free performances and collection boxes for the Musicians Defend Ukraine foundation.

Learn more at their website!

June 18, 2023

Make Music Partner of the Week: Vic Firth

The Vic Firth Company, setting the standard for percussion since its inception in 1963, is stepping up to support two Make Music Day programs this year.

All percussionists who attend Flowerpot Music will receive Balter mallets, a key element to get that clean flowerpot sound. And even more generously, Vic Firth will provide drumsticks for this year’s 28 Mass Appeal Bucket Drumming sessions. These events will range from structured classes to free-flowing bucket drumming circles, according to the concept of each local organizer. To take part, all you need is a beat in your heart… and a pair of sticks.

Thank you, Vic Firth!

June 18, 2023

Flowerpot Music

Music on June 21 can come from anyone, anywhere, and just about anything.

As if to prove the point, celebrated composer Elliot Cole and percussionist Peter Ferry are again organizing a series of music especially for Make Music Day, featuring an unlikely but beautiful percussion instrument – the flowerpot!

This year, sixteen groups around the U.S. will come out to parks, fields, and plazas to perform Flowerpot Music, a set of easy-to-learn musical games. Anyone can join the events and make a great sound on a flowerpot – no experience required.

Find Flowerpot Music near you!

June 18, 2023

New for 2023: Global Jam Sessions

Two new programs give you a chance to jam with other musicians on June 21, all joining Make Music Day from around the world!

Lessonface has organized 16 free live online jam sessions on June 21, using Zoom’s new Live Performance Audio feature. Instructors from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Israel, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. will lead jams for beatboxers, bluegrass players, jazz and funk musicians, rock guitarists, Native American flutists, vocalists, and more! Click here to RSVP.

Meanwhile, participants from all over the world are invited to join Trevor New’s Cohere Touch, developed with the American Composers Orchestra. As performers play this large-scale, remote composition over Zoom, other participants can improvise with hand and body movements that impact the music and create on-screen animations.

On June 21, Trevor will be on Zoom all day, with a main performance at 2:00pm (EDT). RSVP to play, listen to the performance, or stop in throughout the day to explore the work. Click here to RSVP.

June 16, 2023

Countdown to MMD; second to last scale!

Congratulations on making it this far, and this scale, being the one that most people learn first, should be very easy. With this in mind, let’s try our best to give respect to this scale, rather than thinking of it as being simple. Pay close attention to it in the same way you would for the key you find most challenging. Look for new things, and more importantly, listen for new things!

Here are a few things you might try if you find this scale too simple; play it in thirds, fourths and fifths; play it in triads and in sevenths; play it in stacks of fourths (i.e. 1, 4, 7; 2, 5, 8 etc). Challenge yourself to make it interesting, and to find the music contained within the scale.

Next week is the last one, 12 of 12. Great work so far! Don’t forget to tag us if you’re following along with this practice, #makemusicpractice

June 14, 2023

Make Music City and Partner of the Week: Detroit and Harman

After five years of hibernation, Make Music Detroit is back!

Starting as a volunteer-led initiative in 2016 and 2017, Make Music Detroit is being relaunched by a consortium of local partners, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Downtown Detroit Partnership, and Detroit Parks Coalition.

This year’s program includes the DSO’s “superNATURAL” acoustic and electronic music at the Sosnick Courtyard, bands in Cadillac Square before a screening of Into the Woods, a full-day lineup of DJs and hip-hop at Chandler Park, a showcase by the Detroit Suzuki Academy of Music, and a synthesizer petting zoo hosted by Wayne State University.

None of this would be possible without sponsorship from Harman, known for its pro audio brands and connected car technology. Harman’s employees have celebrated Make Music Day since 2015 at their North American Automotive Headquarters in Novi, just outside Detroit, while other offices have hosted Make Music Day talent shows, special concerts, and Street Studios (like this year’s Beatbox House performance at the JBL Soho store in NYC).

Thanks to Harman for the crucial support!

June 14, 2023

Sousapaloozas in 10 cities

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

Sousapalooza returns this year to 10 cities, including three Marshall Music locations in Michigan, and other band hotspots from New York to Texas.

Find one near you, download the music, and join the band!

June 13, 2023

Countdown to MMD, scale # 10, D major

As planned, the last few scales should be relatively easy, compared to some of the rest that have gone before—the hard part of this challenge is over, in content as well as quantity, and you should be able to enjoy these last few keys and the ease with which you can think and play them.

Once again, work through this scale slowly and thoughtfully, and see how quickly you can memorize it and feel at ease with it. Consider playing this scale in thirds and fourths if it feels very easy to you, to maintain a level of challenge for yourself in your practice.

Remember to tag us if you’re following along!  #makemusicpractice