4/7/2014 [Music Education]
FREDERICK, Md. (Mar. 14, 2014) — Music & Arts, the nation's largest band and orchestra instrument retailer and lesson provider, is celebrating Music In Our Schools Month with a nationwide sweepstakes encouraging student musicians, teachers and parents to make a Pledge to Practice. Together with Yamaha and the National Association for Music Education's (NAfME's) Give a Note Foundation, Music & Arts is inviting young musicians to commit to practicing 200,000 combined minutes from Friday, March 14 to Friday, April 4.
Developed to highlight the benefits of school music education programs, the Pledge to Practice campaign aims to help student musicians improve. To participate, musicians ages 13 to 18 can visit the Pledge to Practice website at www.musicarts.com/pledgetopractice. There they can submit their name or the name of their school to enter the sweepstakes, as well as pledge the number of minutes they will practice.
The goal of the campaign is to reach more than 200,000 total minutes pledged. To support this goal, Music & Arts will make a donation to NAfME's Give a Note Foundation, an organization committed to expanding and increasing music education opportunities for all children. Participants who pledge will also be entered for a chance to win Yamaha instruments worth $2,000 ARV. In addition, the school with the most practice minutes pledged by its students will receive $2,000 ARV in Yamaha instruments.
"Music education programs do so much for students. We're thrilled to be able to support Music In Our Schools Month with our second annual Pledge to Practice campaign," said Ken O'Brien, CEO of Music & Arts. "It's an opportunity for Music & Arts, along with our partners at the Give a Note Foundation and Yamaha, to not only encourage students to grow their passion for music, but also to help share the importance of music education."
Yamaha partnered with the Pledge to Practice promotion to help further the company's commitment to music education. "Yamaha is dedicated to giving as many students the chance to play and enjoy music as possible," said Roger Eaton, director of marketing, Band & Orchestral Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. "This program provides young musicians with an opportunity to grow their musical skills and knowledge and we support the Give a Note Foundation in its efforts to encourage the next generation of musicians to pick up an instrument and play."
To make a pledge, or to view practice tips for students, parents and educators from Music & Arts' team of experts, please visit www.musicarts.com/pledgetopractice.