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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!

Partner of the Week: Hohner

Not a year goes by without us giving our deepest thanks to Hohner, a longtime leader in the harmonica field.

For the ninth straight year, Hohner is generously providing thousands of free harmonicas to dozens of cities for Make Music Day, allowing countless first-time players to start developing their skills to make music throughout the year. Click here to find a "Mass Appeal" harmonica event near you!

What's more, you may have noticed that Hohner has brought their endorsed artists together for the Music Lesson Marathon, with classes for every harmonica taste: simple and advanced, blues and jazz, chromatic and diatonic. Thank you to Hohner!

MixMash Studios

This year, anyone with ears can help create new and imaginative compositions for MixMash Studios.

MixMash Studios invites people around the world to contribute audio samples between now and June 20th. Send us your bass lines, your barking dogs, your vocals, the grind of your coffee maker, or anything else you find intriguing!

Then, on Make Music Day, music producers assembled by the Make Music Alliance, Make Music Day UK, and Make Music Lagos (Nigeria) will have 24 hours to create an original piece of music using only the samples provided, and nothing more.

Click here to submit your sounds!

Mass Appeal

For the 13th year, Make Music Day features Mass Appeal, bringing together people of all levels and ages to make music in large, single-instrument groups.

Not quite music lessons, not quite jam sessions, Mass Appeals are a special kind of musical happening of their own. And anyone can take part – in many cases, thanks to our generous partners, you don’t even need to bring an instrument!

So far we have confirmed 124 harmonica, ukulele, and percussion events in 68 cities, with more cities and new instruments added every day.

See the full list here!

Partner of the Week: D’Addario

D'Addario has joined Make Music Day this year as one of our Mass Appeal partners, providing free drumsticks for 24 bucket drumming events in plazas and parks around the country!

All percussionists who attend – kids and adults, professionals and amateurs, well-heeled and homeless – will be handed a pair of D'Addario's ProMark drumsticks and invited to make music together. The goal is to spread the message that to make music, all you need is a beat in your heart… and a pair of sticks.

Thank you D'Addario!

Make Music Country of the Week: Brazil

Make Music Brasil began as a week-long initiative in June, giving free music lessons to people of all ages around the country, sponsored by the Brazilian music industry organization Anafima. In 2017, the event shifted its focus to June 21, with a wider variety of musical events – and then last year it suddenly took off.

In the midst of the pandemic, Make Music Brasil 2020 included over 1,000 virtual and “balcony” events nationwide! This year, Make Music Brasil will continue in the virtual format, and with an incredible number of artists.

Check out our Make Music Brasil page to see who is playing!