Casio And W.O. Smith Music School Take The Stage To Spotlight Music Education

Casio Presents Donation to W.O. Smith Music School and Delivers 'Leadership in Music Education Award' to NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond at Summer NAMM

Jul 10, 2015, 09:00 ET from Casio America, Inc.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Casio America, Inc., a leading electronic musical instrument manufacturer, opened up Summer NAMM 2015 with an exclusive music education event at W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville, TN. Casio and the W.O. Smith Music School joined forces to focus on the importance of fostering and developing young minds and future musicians, while also recognizing those who have made a significant impact on local and national music education initiatives.

The local event kicked off with a reception followed by a formal presentation from Casio executives and W.O. Smith Music School representatives. During the event, Casio presented Joe Lamond, president and CEO of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), with its 'Leadership in Music Education Award.' As the first ever recipient of the award, Lamond was recognized for his steadfast dedication and many contributions to fostering the growth of music education. Under Lamond's leadership the NAMM Foundation has funded ground-breaking music brain research projects, allocated $15 million in support to music-making programs and become a leading voice for music education worldwide.

In addition, Casio presented the W.O. Smith Music School with a 100 piece product donation including WK-225, Privia PX-5S and PX-150 keyboards, a XW-P1 synthesizer and corresponding stands, adapters, pedals and travel bags. The donated instruments will be used by the W.O. Smith Music School to guide students' musical talents in and out of the classroom. The event concluded with musical performances from the W.O. Smith Music School students.

"For decades, Casio has been committed to making a difference in and fostering music education, which is why we are so proud to announce our partnership with the W.O. Smith Music School," said Stephen Schmidt, vice president of Casio's Electronic Musical Instrument Division. "At our event in 'Music City', we discussed the importance of music education and provided the next generation of musicians with all the essential tools to help them embrace their passion for playing music."

The W.O. Smith Music School makes affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families in Nashville. The founder, W.O. Smith, was the professor of music at Tennessee State University, a member of the Nashville Symphony and a noted jazz bassist, and he had a dream to change the lives of underprivileged children through musical instruction. His dream became a reality when the W.O. Smith Music School opened its doors in 1984. Since the opening, the school has grown to develop classes, private lessons and summer camps to more than 650 students and has introduced thousands of interested and deserving children to the world of music.

"At W.O. Smith Music School, our mission is to transform lives through music and we feel that Casio embodies that statement with their continuous involvement and support of music education," said Jonah Rabinowitz, Executive Director of W.O. Smith Music School. "We are excited to be working with Casio and that we had the opportunity to host this amazing event to celebrate our students."

Casio's electronic musical instruments offer a comprehensive feature-set geared to enrich the overall music experience for students of various levels. For beginners, the Workstation WK-225 keyboard offers Casio's renowned Step-Up Lesson System, which allows users to learn built-in songs phase by phase at their own individual pace. For more advanced students, the Privia PX-150 offers a new keyboard action and powerful sound engine that enables an expressive and powerful performance. Duet mode splits the keyboard into two equal ranges, allowing students and teachers to use the piano simultaneously. The Privia PRO PX-5S is geared towards budding professionals and provides the ability to record to a USB thumb drive so that rehearsals and performances can be captured and shared. Lastly, the XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer offers the ability to transform different types of music with a step sequencer that creates unique grooves and compositions.

For additional information on Casio's full portfolio of electronic musical instruments, please visit www.casiomusicgear.com.

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

About the W.O. Smith Music School
Since 1984, W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School has provided music education to thousands of low-income children who otherwise would not have been able to afford such instruction.  Named for the late music professor and noted jazz bassist, W.O. Smith Music School makes quality music instruction available to children, ages seven through 18, from low-income families for the cost of ¢50 per lesson.  More than 200 volunteer teaching artists provide instruction to 650 children annually at the non-profit school.  The School makes instruments, music, and learning materials available to students at no additional expense.

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