This Moment In Time

Make Music Day

The world has endured a tragic year. Millions have died from COVID-19, and social, cultural, and economic life has been curtailed everywhere.

With vaccinations accelerating, life in many places is on the road back to normal. But before life can feel truly normal, we must memorialize the devastation of the past year. Our response is an initiative called This Moment In Time.

Working with musicians and cultural partners around the world, massive gongs appeared in public spaces on June 21, the summer solstice. At noon local time, a musician played the gong for one uninterrupted hour, marking the incalculable loss of the past year. Along with being free and open to a live audience, many of these performances were livestreamed.

Afterwards, in many locations the public was invited to come up to each gong and play it themselves, hearing the unfathomable mystery of the sound, experiencing the cathartic feeling of hitting something massive, and feeling the deep therapeutic vibrations in their bodies.

Around the world, gongs traditionally mark a moment in time – whether announcing Napoleon’s funeral procession, the arrival of a Chinese dignitary, the start of a sumo wrestling contest, or the serving of dinner in a British mansion. For everyone joining or witnessing this event on June 21, 2021, This Moment In Time marks the losses of the pandemic, but also the beginning of a new era in sight.

Footage from This Moment in Time 2021


This Moment In Time: June 21, 2021 at 12:00pm* (Local Time)

*unless otherwise noted

Participating Countries: Argentina | Canada | Germany | Italy | South Africa | Sweden | Switzerland | Turkey | UAE | Ukraine | USA


La Plata
Location: Private studio in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Streaming at 11:00am New York time

Percussionist and vibraphonist Pablo Rivas plays gongs with a loop pedal from his studio in a livestreamed event.


Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
Location: Legacy Park Bandshell, 10005 102 St, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 2C5, Canada

The Fort Saskatchewan Community Band with special guest Brian Jones, principal percussionist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, will be playing a concert featuring the gong as part of This Moment in Time, a worldwide musical movement to commemorate those who have succumbed during the Covid pandemic. Brian will play Tribute to the Victims, which he composed for this event, involving over 35 gongs and three percussionists. Following this, the Fort Saskatchewan band will play a selection of pieces that feature a gong. The concert will be held at the Legacy Park Bandshell in Fort Saskatchewan at 7:00pm on June 21.


Location: Rudolf-Breitscheid-Straße 34, 14482 Potsdam
Streaming at 6:00am New York time

Ulrike Oehmichen and Julia Zimmermann will open this year’s Fête de la Musique in Potsdam with a 15-minute long gong ringing for This Moment in Time, followed by a short concert by Canadian musician Adam Wendler. The gong is being provided by the new Indian restaurant Masala Rasoi, and the event will take place outside the restaurant.


Selinunte, Sicily
Location: Selinunte Archaeological Park
Via Selinunte, 91022 Caselvetrano TP, Italy

At sunset, Sergio Calì, percussion teacher at the Arturo Toscanini Conservatory in Ribera (Agrigento), will play the gong to mark This Moment in Time, symbolically opening the 27th edition of Italy’s Festa della musica. The performance will be followed by 20 musician/composers, from each of Italy’s 20 regions, who will premiere new songs that recount personal memories from the past pandemic year and the prospect of return to a normal life.

South Africa

Location: Durban Botanic Gardens, 9A John Zikhali Rd, Berea, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Youth dance group UBuhle beTheku will present a Zulu prayer song and dance with a cowhide drum (pictured), in memory of the lives lost to the pandemic.

Location: Rosehill Primary School, 225 Buttery Rd, Umgeni Park, Durban North, 4051, South Africa

At noon local time, the Rosehill Primary School in Durban will participate in This Moment in Time with their students. The event will include the ringing of the school bell by each child in memory of the lives lost, a moment of silence, and a prayer song.


Location: BEAS GongYoga, Järngatan 2, Varberg, Sweden
Streaming at 6:00am New York time

Gong healer Beatrice Nilsson brings This Moment In Time to the west coast of Sweden, from her studio in Varberg.


Les Monts-De-Corsier
Location: La Chapelle de Monts de Corsier, Route de Châtel-Saint-Denis, 1808 Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland
Streaming at 6:00am New York time

Percussionists Paula Chico Martinez, Youri Rosset, and Aurélien Perdreau present This Moment In Time in front of an historic church in the hilly countryside near Vevey.


Location: Caddebostan, Park İçi Yolu, 34728 Kadıköy/İstanbul, Turkey
Streaming at 5:00am New York time

Sound healer Cenk Güçbilmez leads This Moment in Time at a seaside park, in one of Turkey’s first-ever events celebrating Make Music Day.


Location: The Zen House in Umm Suqeim (location details provided upon confirmed RSVP)

Join us for a unique Summer Solstice on Monday, June 21 when we – along with gong players all over the world – take part in the annual Make Music Day celebration to share the beauty and majesty of our big gong and gorgeous Himalayan singing bowls with the public!

At our evening Summer Solstice Sound Experience, you are invited to strike the bowls and gongs — feeling the deeply resonant vibrations that you have just created. Afterwards, gong master SoundMirror and sound therapist Alena Skrabina will create a soundscape in which you can take a journey with these sacred instruments. Click here to RSVP.


Location: Rotunda in Ivan Franko Park, Solomii Krushel’nyts’koi St, 11-13, Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, 79000
Streaming at 5:00am New York time

Percussionists Vladimir Veretelnik, Vladimir Sarakhman and Vsevolod Sadovyj will present This Moment In Time with several gongs in the oldest city park in the country. This will symbolically open the 9th Fete de la Musique Lviv. More details here.

United States

Appleton, WI
Location: The History Museum at the Castle, 330 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911

Percussionist Jonathan Leahy will lead This Moment in Time, in partnership with Heid Music as part of Make Music Appleton.

Ashland, OR
Location: Thalden Pavilion, The Farm at SOU, 155 Walker Ave, Ashland, OR 97520

The Oregon Center for the Arts and The Farm at Southern Oregon University present a new piece by genre-crossing percussionist Terry Longshore, inspired by this year’s Make Music Day initiative.

Terry Longshore says of the event: “When I first read about This Moment In Time, I was inspired to compose an hour-long musical work for large, amplified gong, titled This Moment In Time after the event. The piece will explore the incredible sonic range of a 40” Zildjian Hand-Hammered Gong, from delicate soft textures using finger, contrabass bows, and superball mallets, to explosive crescendos that will make your hair stand on end!” More details here.

Auburn, CA
Location: Plaza at Lincoln Way and High Street, Auburn, CA 95603
Streaming at 8:30pm New York time

Performers Eric Chun from Creative Music Services and Ryan Goodpaster from the Auburn Symphony Orchestra bring out a collection of 15-20 gongs to the middle of Auburn for a This Moment In Time observance starting at 5:30pm PT.

Boston, MA
Location: Shattuck Picnic Grove, Franklin Park, Boston MA 02124
Streaming at 12:00pm New York time

Matthew Carey and Wesley Fowler (Fen Percussion) lead This Moment in Time in Dorchester’s Franklin Park, in a grove outside the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. This performance is supported by Zildjian.

Chicago, IL
Location: Cancer Survivors’ Garden, Maggie Daley Park, 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Chicago’s This Moment In Time will be hosted at the Cancer Survivors’ Garden in Maggie Daley Park (part of Millennium Park), which contains a wrought iron pavilion with six windows. In each window, Sound Magic (John Yost, Jitka Yost, Scott Mosak and Eric Swanson) will hang six gongs that they will play: one 5.5″ gong drum, one 40″ wind gong, one 30″ chau, and three 38″ Paiste gongs.

Elgin, IL
Location: DuPage Court, Elgin, IL 60120

Percussionist Joe Beribak will bring This Moment In Time to a courtyard right at the center of Elgin, IL.

Fairfield, CT
Location: Sherman Town Green, 1452 Post Road, Fairfield CT 06824

Fairfield CT’s Make Music Day kicks off at the town center’s gazebo, with two GRAMMY-award winning musicians ringing the gong for This Moment In Time. Chris Frantz, author of bestselling memoir Remain in Love and Tina Weymouth both of Talking Heads will be on hand to strike the exquisite gongs borrowed from local yoga center, Yoga for Everybody, beginning at noon.

Houston, TX
Location: Japanese Garden at Hermann Park, 6001 Fannin St, Houston TX 77030
Streaming at 1:00pm New York time

Susan Hernandez of Gongsia Sacred Sound Sessions brings This Moment in Time to Houston’s central park in a pop-up event, creating harmonic sounds of the universe to restore and maintain peace and balance on Earth.

Indianapolis, IL
Location: Richard G. Lugar Plaza, 200 E Washington St Indianapolis, IN 46204

Percussionist Corey Denham partners with the Percussive Arts Society‘s Rhythm! Discovery Center for This Moment in Time at Indianapolis’s pivotal downtown park.

Interlochen, MI
Location: Interlochen Center for the Arts, 4000 M-137, Interlochen, MI 49643

Acclaimed percussionist Doug Perkins leads a This Moment In Time gong experience with students from Interlochen’s summer music program.

Knoxville, TN
Location: Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920

A This Moment In Time gong meditation, led by Nief-Norf, will kick off a percussion parade at 6:00 PM through the trails of the Ijams Nature Center, at the inaugural Make Music Knoxville. This event is supported by the Music Performance Trust Fund.

Lincoln, NE
Location: Gongs Unlimited, Lincoln, NE 68507
Streaming at 1:00pm New York time

Gongs Unlimited, “the World’s Happiest Gong Sellers,” presents a gong meditation livestream from their Lincoln NE shop for This Moment In Time.

Los Angeles, CA
Location: Angels Gate Park, 3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Percussionists and educators Dave Gerhart and Damion Frigillana observe This Moment In Time near the Korean Bell of Friendship, one of the largest bells in the world, and a monument to friendship between Korea and the United States. This event is supported by the Music Performance Trust Fund.

Madison, WI
Location: Under the E Washington Ave overpass at the Yahara River, Madison WI

Three gong players in Madison — Andy Hanson, Neil Sisauyhoat, and Michael Winter — join forces on This Moment in Time, playing in the resonant space under the East Washington overpass.

Milledgeville, GA
Location: Georgia College, Front Campus, 231 W Hancock St, Milledgeville, GA 31061
Streaming at 12:00pm New York time

Nathaniel Gworek, percussion faculty member at Georgia College, assembles a group of players with gongs spread out around the Front Campus to mark This Moment In Time.

Moorhead, MN
Location: Minnesota State University Moorhead Campus Mall, 1104 7th Ave. South, Moorhead, MN 56563
Streaming at 1:00pm New York time

Professor of Percussion Kenyon Williams will use Javanese gongs and tam-tams for This Moment In Time in the MSU Moorhead campus mall.

Nashville, TN
Location: Church Street Park, 600 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219

Percussionist Connor McDonald leads This Moment in Time in a central, downtown park, starting at 2:00 PM.

New York, NY
Location: Upper Square along the East River, Seaport, 19 Fulton Street NY, New York 10038

For one uninterrupted hour beginning at 12 noon, Ryan Sawyer and the percussion ensemble Talujon will perform new works on multiple gongs along the water at the Seaport District to mark the losses of the past year.

Platteville, WI
Location: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, 405 E Main St, Platteville, WI 53818

Music teacher and Make Music Platteville founder Nancy Fairchild brings a gong outside of the Mining Museum to lead This Moment In Time.

Portland, OR
Location: Council Crest Park, 1120 SW Council Crest Dr, Portland, OR 97239
Streaming at 3:00pm New York time

From the highest point in Portland, singer and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Cohen will lead a community gong event where people come together to play his homemade and found object gongs, along with any gongs that participants can bring, to create a wonderful wall of sound.

San Francisco, CA
Location: Stone Stage at Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St. between 3rd and 4th Sts., San Francisco, CA 94103

Marin Symphony percussionist Ward Spangler brings his gongs to the Yerba Buena Gardens in downtown San Francisco to mark This Moment in Time with a sound bath experience. This performance is co-presented with the Marin Symphony, with special thanks to the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. This event is supported by the Music Performance Trust Fund.

Seattle, WA
Location: The Quad, University of Washington, Pierce Ln, Seattle, WA 98195

Percussionist and composer Aaron Michael Butler performs Harold Budd’s “Lirio” with a large 36″ Chau gong, on the Quad at the University of Washington.

West Chester, OH
Location: Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6329 Tylersville Rd. West Chester OH 45069
Streaming at 12:00pm New York time

David Mackey leads This Moment in Time with a 28″ Paiste symphonic gong at an outdoor sanctuary on the grounds of Lord of Life Lutheran Church.


In celebration of Make Music Day, and of all the young composers stuck at home this spring, the Make Music Alliance hosted a composition contest this year for composers aged 13-21, inviting them to write a short, 3-minute piece for SATB vocal quartet, set to William Carlos Williams’s poem, “By the road to the contagious hospital”.

Winning Composers

  • Jamey J. Guzman
  • Sander Owens
  • Miles GK Swinden

Special Judges’ Commendation

  • Isabelle Epps

Honorable Mentions

  • Linden Figueroa
  • Audrey Ormella
  • Ari Schwartz
  • Adrian B. Sims
  • Dana Al Tajer
  • Zoe Yost

Many thanks to our judges, composers David T. Little, Ellen Reid, Christopher Tin and conductor Anna Lapwood, and to the singers of our “Make Music Quarantet”: Charlotte Mundy, Lucy Dhegrae, Steven Caldicott Wilson, and Christopher Dylan Herbert.

And most of all, thank you to all of the young composers!

Special thanks to Meg Davies, Christopher Herbert, Kris Kautzman, Jane Shore, and Ashley Trupp.

Contest Entry Details

  • The Contest is open to applicants between 13-21 years old at the time of entry.
  • Entries can be created in any notation software. Contestants must submit both PDF and MusicXML files of their composition.
  • All submissions are due by 11:59pm EST on Monday, May 18, 2020, emailed to
  • All licensing rights to pieces submitted will remain with each composer.
  • Compositions must be written for a cappella vocal quartet (SATB). Our singers’ vocal ranges are listed in their bios below.
  • Compositions must use the text of the William Carlos Williams poem “By the road to the contagious hospital” in their piece. No other text may be used.
  • Compositions must be no more than three-and-a-half minutes long. (Accordingly, we expect composers to set an excerpt of the poem, not the whole thing.)
  • There is no fee to apply.

Click here for the complete contest rules (pdf).


Anna Lapwood

Anna Lapwood is a trailblazing musician. As a broadcaster she is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and hosts a live, weekly classical music show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. This year she makes her TV presenting debut, hosting BBC Four’s coverage of BBC Young Musician 2020. Alongside her work as a conductor, Director of Music and public speaker, she is a highly distinguished concert organist. Appointed Director of Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2016, she conducts the Pembroke College Chapel Choir. In 2018 she established the Pembroke College Girls’ Choir and the Cambridge Organ Experience for Girls, both of which she runs. Sought after as a conductor, Anna has directed the BBC Singers and leads choral workshops around the world, specializing in bringing music to children from impoverished backgrounds.

David T. Little

David T. Little is “one of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene (The New Yorker), with “a knack for overturning musical conventions” (The New York Times). His operas Dog Days, JFK, and Vinkensport (librettos by Royce Vavrek), and Soldier Songs have been widely acclaimed, “prov[ing] beyond any doubt that opera has both a relevant present and a bright future” (The New York Times). Little’s music has been presented by the LA Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, LA Opera, Park Avenue Armory, Lincoln Center Festival, Kennedy Center, Holland Festival, and Opéra de Montréal, with upcoming engagements at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Opera Theater. He is chair of the composition program at the Mannes School of Music (The New School) in New York, NY, and his music is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Ellen Reid

Ellen Reid is one of the most innovative artists of her generation. A composer and sound artist whose breadth of work spans opera, sound design, film scoring, ensemble and choral writing, she was awarded the the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, p r i s m. Along with composer Missy Mazzoli, Ellen co-founded the Luna Composition Lab. Luna Lab is a mentorship program for young, female-identifying, non-binary, and gender non-conforming composers. Since the fall of 2019, she has served as Creative Advisor and Composer-in-Residence for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Ellen received her BFA from Columbia University and her MA from California Institute of the Arts. She is inspired by music from all over the globe, and she splits her time between her two favorite cities – Los Angeles and New York. Her music is released on Decca Gold.

Christopher Tin

Christopher Tin is a two-time Grammy-winning composer of concert and media music. His music has been performed and premiered in many of the world’s most prestigious venues: Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. He has also been performed by ensembles diverse as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, and US Navy Band, and has also conducted concerts of his own music with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Welsh National Opera Orchestra. His song “Baba Yetu”, originally written for the video game “Civilization IV”, is a modern choral standard, and the first piece of music written for a video game ever to win a Grammy Award. In addition to scoring films and video games, he is also an in-demand collaborator, working with artists across a wide-range of musical genres: Lang Lang, Alan Menken, BT, and Danny Elfman, to name a few.

Charlotte Mundy (Soprano)

Soprano Charlotte Mundy specializes in music that is new, daring and sublime. She has been called a “daredevil with an unbreakable spine” (SF Classical Voice). Recent performances include a set of music for voice and electronics presented by New York Festival of Song, described as “an oasis of radiant beauty” by the New York Times and George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill at the 92nd St. Y. She acted and sang in A Star Has Burnt My Eye at the BAM Next Wave Festival and has danced while singing the music of Morton Feldman and Kaija Saariaho with New Chamber Ballet. Mundy “slays the thorniest material like it’s nothing” (WQXR) with TAK ensemble at venues such as the Library of Congress, Stanford University, Roulette and the Look and Listen Festival, and sings stratospheric microtonal lines with Ekmeles vocal ensemble at venues including The Metropolitan Museum and The Kitchen.Range: E3 to E6. The upper extreme of my range (A5-E6) is tiring and should be used sparingly. Text will not be clearly intelligible above G5. Lower extreme of range (E3-B3) is comfortable but quiet.

Lucy Dhegrae (Mezzo-Soprano)

Lucy Dhegrae is a singer committed to changing and challenging how vocal music is perceived, performed and programmed. Hailed as an “adventurous mezzo-soprano” and “raconteur” (The New Yorker) known for her “vocal versatility and an omnivorous curiosity” (The New York Times), she moves easily between a broad variety of styles, and can be found “everywhere new music is being sung” (New York Classical Review). Dhegrae is also the founder and director of the boundary-pushing Resonant Bodies Festival, which was praised by The New York Times as “an annual highlight [that] gives some of the world’s most adventurous vocal artists full freedom.” Committed to building a new repertoire for vocal music, Dhegrae is sought after as a collaborator and creator of a body of contemporary music that defies categorization of style or genre. She works closely with composers such as Eve Beglarian, Philippe Leroux, Jason Eckardt, Paola Prestini, Tonia Ko, Angélica Negrón, Kate Soper, Anthony Braxton, Judd Greenstein, Donnacha Dennehy, and others. Dhegrae has performed at venues including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Miller Theatre, with festival appearances at Mostly Mozart, Bard Music Festival, Gesher Music Festival, and many more.Range: F3 to Ab5. I prefer to approach high notes (anything above D5) with a leap from a lower note.

Steven Caldicott Wilson (Tenor)

Praised by the New York Times for his “powerful, polished and moving Evangelist” (2011) and “steadiness and sensitivity…impassioned without ever straining” (2015), tenor Steven Caldicott Wilson is a member of New York Polyphony and regularly appears with Handel + Haydn Boston and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra NYC. He will be the tenor soloist in the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival’s Matthew Passion in April 2020, and will join the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany for the June 2020 Bach Festival. Other highlights include solo appearances with H+H Boston in Handel’s Dixit Dominus; Bach St. John Passion at Alice Tully Hall; Poulenc Figure humaine with The Thirteen in Washington, DC; and Bernstein Songfest with Novus NY. Mr. Wilson is an enlisted veteran of the United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants, and a graduate of Ithaca College and the Yale University Voice Masters program in early music, oratorio, and chamber ensemble. He lives in Pittsburgh.Range: D3 to C5, consistently mixed throughout. Comfortable reading either treble or bass clef. Prefers not to produce “extended technique” vocalisms such as whispering and guttural/throat sounds.

Christopher Dylan Herbert (Baritone)

Christopher Dylan Herbert is a baritone who performs frequently throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He is a two-time GRAMMY® nominee. He has soloed with The San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performed with International Contemporary Ensemble and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and he regularly presents Winterize – an outdoor adaptation of Winterreise with transistor radios. He frequently develops new opera and concert works, including commissions by Hannah Lash, Gregory Spears, Laura Kaminsky, and Ellen Reid. Dr. Herbert holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and a D.M.A. in Voice from The Juilliard School. He is the head of the voice program at William Paterson University in New Jersey, and he is the baritone in the critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony. His current research focuses on the music of the eighteenth-century Ephrata Cloister in Pennsylvania.Range: G2 to E4 in chest voice, F4 to C5 in falsetto. Please write mainly in the middle of the range. Do not write extensively at either extreme. Please do not hang out on E4 for extended periods of time unless you want it very loud or very soft.

By the road to the contagious hospital

William Carlos Williams, from Spring and All (1923)

By the road to the contagious hospital
under the surge of the blue
mottled clouds driven from the
northeast – a cold wind. Beyond, the
waste of broad, muddy fields
brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen

patches of standing water
the scattering of tall trees

All along the road the reddish
purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy
stuff of bushes and small trees
with dead, brown leaves under them
leafless vines –

Lifeless in appearance, sluggish
dazed spring approaches –

They enter the new world naked,
cold, uncertain of all
save that they enter. All about them
the cold, familiar wind –

Now the grass, tomorrow
the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf

One by one objects are defined –
It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf

But now the stark dignity of
Entrance – Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted, they
grip down and begin to awaken

William Carlos Williams (1883–1963) was an American poet and physician closely associated with modernism and imagism. In addition to his writing, Williams had a long career as a physician practicing both pediatrics and general medicine.

Make Music Day is the perfect opportunity to shake the dust off your instrument and start playing again, or to pick up an instrument for the first time.

This June 21, national brands and partners curated day-long marathons of live, free, online group lessons taught by dozens of master musicians on a wide array of instruments. There were offerings for all ages, and all skill levels – from beginning to advanced.

Click on the links below to explore the schedule!

Music Lesson Marathon

presented by Jupiter

Eight hours of masterclasses from Jupiter’s world-renowned trumpet, trombone and tuba artists cover fundamental brass techniques, jazz improvisation, creative practicing strategies, and the big picture of life as a musician.

presented by Hohner

Harmonica leader Hohner presents a full day of lessons from their endorsed artists. From a “day one” lesson to advanced techniques, learn to play blues and chromatic harmonica from some of the most prominent harmonica players in the country.

Interactive Children’s Music
presented by Nuvo and Slippery Rock University

Join Nuvo Instrumental and Slippery Rock University for six hours of interactive children’s music! Activities will alternate between general music experiences and an introduction to NUVO instruments. You can join in at any time and all ages are welcome.

presented by JackTrip Labs

JackTrip is open source audio technology that makes high-quality performance of music over the internet feasible and accessible to everyone. If you have been making music online, and have been frustrated by latency and poor sound quality, learn more about JackTrip from an expert and see if it might be for you!

Music Production
presented by Dance Music Initiative

Dance Music Initiative (DMI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to collectively inspire creativity through dance music culture. We are a collective of dance music enthusiasts who pool their resources and knowledge to support others in their musically creative endeavors. DMI inspires others through instruction, mentoring, and sharing.

presented by Music Teachers National Association

Join Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) for a series of virtual piano lessons on Make Music Day via Zoom! Teachers from across the country will present a variety of lesson topics for beginner students of all ages. Participants should plan to be near an acoustic piano or digital keyboard when attending these lessons.

presented by Flight

Flight Ukulele are putting on 12 hours of ukulele lessons and workshops for players of all skill levels. The workshops will be delivered by our diverse range of talented Flight Uke Crew artists and teachers. Check us out at @flightukulele and on YouTube at Flight Ukulele.

All around us, an exquisite musical instrument hides in plain sight: the leaf.

In the hands of a master player, a humble leaf becomes a reed instrument like no other. Leaf playing has a long history in many nations around the world, including China, Cambodia, Australia, Brazil, Japan and Nepal. This Make Music Day, we celebrate these traditions, and invite music fans to find their favorite tree to try the world’s most common uncommon instrument.

On June 21, 2021, the Make Music Alliance presented a Global Leaf Music Symposium featuring leaf artists from four continents! Watch the replay below. Want to give leaf playing a try? Scroll down to watch our special Make Music Day leafophone tutorial!


Global Leaf Symposium

Featured artists (click on their names to follow them on YouTube!)
Shigeo Morita (Japan)
Pulkebi Chung Keun Kim (South Korea)
Herb Patten (Australia)
Angel Zoilo (Cuba)
Larry Lai (Hong Kong)
Chen Hong Chi (Taiwan)
Zul Azmi (Indonesia)
Adolph van der Walt (South Africa)
The symposium streamed live on June 21, 2021 at 9:00am ET. Watch the replay below!


Leaf Videos

MixMash Studios brings together music makers and sound samplers from across the globe to create new and imaginative compositions.

Building on several previous Make Music Day projects – Street Studio Cities, Bedroom Studios, and Lockdown Sound Challenge – MixMash Studios invited people around the world to contribute sound samples to a global pool. Everything from bass lines to barking dogs and vocals to machine noises was welcome! Then, on Make Music Day, producers had 24 hours to create an original piece of music using only the samples provided, and nothing more.

All participants are encouraged to share short videos on social media of them creating samples or work in progress on their tracks using the hashtags #mixmashstudios and #makemusicday.

MixMash Studios is a collaboration between the Make Music Alliance, Make Music Day UK, and Make Music Lagos (Nigeria).


Watch the MixMash Studios Livestream replay
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of sample manipulation, and check out snippets from the final tracks DJ’d by our producer host Rob Parton. Click here!

2021 Tracks

Make Music Alliance · MixMash Studios 2021

2021 Producers


Barry Anderson
Muhammad Aqib Jamil
Eren Tokgöz



This year for Make Music Day, composers, producers and songwriters from around the world joined together in a collaborative race against the clock.

Over the course of six hours, teams of four musicians – most of whom had never met before – created brand-new original tracks in a creative relay. Using the virtual audio workstation SoundTrap, each musician had 90 minutes to add their contribution before the next teammate took over.

Congratulations to our four Track Meet teams — check out their tracks below!

Track Meet Teams 2020

“90 Minute Trap”
jpMixo (Columbia, SC) – Bass guitar
Elyse Barnard (Boston, MA) – Vocals
John David Black (The Guitari$t) (Columbia, SC) – Electric Guitar
Aron Nelson (Honolulu, HI) – Keyboards


“Make Me Wanna Go Home”
Jenny Amanda Hurwitz (New York City, NY) – Rhythm Guitar
Sofia Villarreal (Austin, TX) – Bass
Chad Carrier (Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar and Vocals
Hannah Schdze (Boston, MA) – Violin


“In The Middle of Space”
Steve Housewright (St. Louis, MO) – Assorted Guitars, Banjo & Mandolin
Marcus Santos (Boston, MA) – Timbau and Caxixis
Gloria Hays (Weeki Wachee, FL) – Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer & Ukulele
Edgars Rakovskis (Riga, Latvia) – Guitar


“Swamp Jam” by United By Music North America
Amanda Gresham – UBMNA Producing Artistic Director
William Straub – Guitar
Tommy Cook – Drums
Polly O’Keary – Bass
Nick Baker – Keyboard

50 songs, written in one day, to capture the stories and experiences of ordinary people.

For two years in 2020 and 2021, the Make Music Alliance lined up fifty people of all ages with a story to tell, one in each of the 50 States, along with fifty professional songwriters in a variety of styles.

On the morning of June 21, Make Music Day, each songwriter video-chatted with one interviewee for an hour. In the afternoon, they wrote a song inspired by their conversation. That evening they did a second video chat with the person and gave a live, private performance of the song they just wrote.

In June 2022 The American Song will become a live, in-person event at The NAMM Show in Southern California! Songwriters will interview randomly selected attendees to learn about their lives, then come up on stage 24 hours later to play a brand new song inspired by their conversations. All songs will be filmed and released for Make Music Day on June 21, 2022.

NAMM Show Performances:
Arena Stage (by West Katella Ave)
Sunday June 5th
11:00am – 11:40am

2022 Participating Songwriters Include:

The Brothers Landau

A cello-guitar duo known for meticulously arranged, clever, and catchy indie folk with sibling harmonies, Brothers David and Daniel Landau blend a wide range of musical influences to create cathartic music that feels like being with good friends after a lousy week. Having honed their sound and hearts through years of performing throughout Europe, Brazil, and the U.S., they draw from their experiences to explore the beauty, pain, and uncertainty of finding meaning in the modern age. When not touring or performing, the Brothers curate and host Sound & Sight Shows, a listening room-style concert series to promote local and rising artists. “A grounded, serene, and soulful breath of folk light.” – Atwood Magazine

Eva Mikhailovna

Eva & the Vagabond Tales is a music group led by singer-songwriter Eva Mikhailovna. The songs combine Eastern European folk, vintage pop, and ragtime into a musical melting pot, creating an alluring sound that “transcends time and continents.” Building its sound from the foundations of old time music and melancholy storytelling, it bends the laws of traditional songwriting to become a sound all its own. “Some of the songs feel like a personal experience, and some are like adventures from another time or another place.” – David Fleming, NPR.

Jonathan Lo

Jonathan Lo is a visual artist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, formally trained as a classical pianist. His compositions draw from his multicultural background to explore the intersection of sound and image across various musical traditions including electronic, hip hop, jazz, and international genres. He has previously worked with Raul Campos on the show, Nocturna at KCRW, and as a DJ across the Los Angeles area.

Lisa Jackert

Long Beach singer/songwriter Lisa Jackert has been a board-certified music therapist since 1990. Through her engaging song and drum circles, and performance on guitar, piano, and violin, Lisa’s mission is to use music to bring hope and healing through meaningful music experiences that provide listeners an opportunity to connect with each other and themselves. She is a graduate of California State University Long Beach where she received her training in music therapy.

Marc Davidson

Marc Davidson is a singer/songwriter and architect who lives in Long Beach. Aside from being a music instructor at Osher Lifelong Institute CSULB, and a board member for the Arts Council for Long Beach, he performs eclectic songs with the group “Second Wind,” original material with “New Road Crossing,” bluegrass and folk with “Finkmatt,” and duets with his partner Pattie. “Songwriting is for me very similar to the architectural design process,” he says, “with creative ideas merging around concepts influenced by our social interactions, relationships, shared or conflicting visions, expressed in a final product or message.”

Shy But Flyy

Shy But Flyy is a Long Beach based singer-songwriter who specializes in blues, rock, and soul. Shy fronts the band She Wears Black and performs regularly in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County, including headlining spots at The Uptown Jazz Festival, The New Blues Festival, and Temecula Blues Festival. Currently, Shy is performing regularly, recording an EP, and working on her second book.

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