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Make Music Day – Thank You!

Congratulations to all who took part in last month's Make Music Day!

More than 3,334 music-making events took place in the U.S. on June 21 – twice as many as 2020 — along with performances by thousands more musicians in 120 countries around the world who celebrated the day.

Special congratulations go to the Make Music chapters in Chicago, Hawaii, Kansas City, Madison, New York, and Salem (OR) who each organized 100+ events on June 21.

Check out our 220 press clips about Make Music Day, from media outlets in 74 U.S. cities, to learn about events you may have missed!

10 Press Previews for Make Music Day

  1. "Goings On About Town: Make Music New York," by Jay Ruttenberg, The New Yorker, June 12, 2021
  2. "60 performers will take over 30 venues across the city for Make Music Cincinnati," by Sarah Michels, Cincinnati Enquirer, June 17, 2021
  3. "Entertainment: Make Music Hawaii day celebrates local artists and musicians," Hawaii News Now, June 3, 2021
  4. "Charlotte Celebrating Make Music Day With Several Pop-Up Performances," by Sarah Tate, iHeartRadio, June 9, 2021
  5. "You're invited to make music," by T.S. Last, Albuquerque Journal, June 13, 2021
  6. "Allen celebrates international Make Music Day with an instrument ‘petting zoo,’ free concerts," by Brandi Addison, Dallas Morning News, June 10, 2021
  7. "Make Music Madison coming Monday to private driveways, public parks and street corners," by Gayle Worland, Wisconsin State Journal, June 19, 2021
  8. "Make Music Day Salem Marks Return of Summer," by Virginia Barreda, Salem Statesman Journal, June 20, 2021
  9. "Kansas City Set To 'Make Music'," KCUR (NPR), June 18, 2021
  10. "Houston Matters (June 21, 2021)," by Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media, June 21, 2021

See more press clips here!

Make Music Partner of the Week: Casio

This year, Make Music Day welcomes national partner Casio, with their new, highly portable CT-S200 keyboard (weighing less than 8 pounds).

Casio is providing 25 keyboards for Make Music Day performances in far-flung locations around the country: down a mineshaft in Platteville WI, on a mountain trail outside El Paso TX, in a zebra enclosure at a Philadelphia zoo, on the roof of the Liberty Memorial Tower in Kansas City, and many more.

Follow the hashtag #casiomusicgearMMD today to see all of these performances, from everywhere!

10 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know Were Happening For Make Music Day

  1. In Fairfield (CT), GRAMMY-winning musicians Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz from Talking Heads will lead one of the 32 worldwide gong ringing events for This Moment In Time
  2. Make Music Philly (PA) artists will play soothing piano melodies for the zebras in their enclosure at the Elmwood Park Zoo
  3. In New York (NY), Lang Lang Foundation Young Scholars will play Albert Lavignac's Galop-Marche on a Steinway Model D in the middle of Times Square
  4. The Yid Vicious Paddle Party in Madison (WI) will play klezmer tunes from a pontoon (pictured)
  5. Make Music Austin (TX) will present live music inside the Capitol Rotunda at noon
  6. The City of Kansas City (MO) will not only light up the skyline, but will dye the water in the Mill Creek and Concourse Fountains orange in honor of Make Music Day.
  7. Knoxville TN will celebrate the blues with music by Knoxville School of Rock and live painting at the Knoxville Museum of Art, for the first Make Music Knoxville
  8. Musicians from 23 countries have now filmed performances of John Cage's 4'33" to be released on Make Music Day.
  9. Shower singing returns to Lobsterman Park for Make Music Portland (ME)
  10. The Leafonist (based in Germany) has a new video explaining everything you need to play the Leafophone – start practicing!

Landmarks Across the U.S. Shining Orange for Make Music Day

For the fifth year, more than 35 buildings and landmarks around the country will turn orange in honor of Make Music Day!

Three bridges, four City Halls, and national landmarks like the World Trade Center Oculus, Niagara Falls, Prudential Plaza, and Hawaii's Aloha Tower will all participate by turning orange – evoking the sun, the start of summer, and the Make Music Day logo – on June 21.

Click here for the complete list!

Partner of the Week: Rhythm Band Instruments

Rhythm Band Instruments, makers of the pitched hollow plastic tubes called Boomwhackers®, are donating 40 instrument kits around the country for participatory Make Music Day projects!

Boomwhackers, hand percussion, and other small RBI instruments will be featured in drum circles, parades, a “Nursery Song Rhythm Jam,” and dozens of other events featured on our Mass Appeal percussion page.

Thank you to Rhythm Band Instruments for supporting Make Music Day since 2016!

Music Lesson Marathon

Make Music Day is the perfect opportunity to pick up an instrument for the first time… or to learn new techniques from a master.

This year, many of our national partners are joining forces for a free, day-long Music Lesson Marathon, with sessions for beginners as well as master classes from – truly – some of the world's finest players.

  • Brass Lessons from Jupiter, with bandleader John Fedchock, lead trumpeter Roger Ingram, and "Breathing Gym" author Patrick Sheridan
  • Ukulele Lessons from Flight, with uke sensations Tyler Ten Thumbs and Les Chats
  • Harmonica Lessons from Hohner, with blues legend Dennis Gruenling, jazz star Yvonnick Prene, and master teacher Ronnie Shellist
  • Interactive Children's Music Lessons from Nuvo, featuring teachers from Slippery Rock University and early childhood music specialists
  • Piano Lessons from Music Teachers National Association, with tango expert Kacey Link and "Teacher of the Year" Alison Barr
  • Music Production Lessons from Dance Music Initiative, with concert lighting designer RTG and techno producer Resonance

And if that isn't enough to keep you busy, the JackTrip Foundation is presenting a full day session on their open source, low latency audio technology.

See the full schedule here!