PHILADELPHIA, March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association for Music Education is once again celebrating "Music In Our Schools Month" in March. To mark the 30th anniversary of this important campaign, Keep Music Alive, an organization supporting music and music education, has announced the first annual "Teach Music America" week being celebrated this week, March 16-22.
During the week, musicians and music teachers are being asked to offer at least one new student a free, 30-minute lesson. Keep Music Alive is also asking aspiring music students (young and old) to find a musician or music teacher participating in "Teach Music America" week.
Why is this important? Sometimes the biggest hurdle to anything is just getting started. Keep Music Alive believes that by encouraging musicians, music teachers and potential students to reach out to each other during March, many will continue to teach, learn and share music with each other long after the month is over. The organization's goal is to get as many new students as possible to begin learning how to play a musical instrument.
"The purpose of 'Teach Music America' and Keep Music Alive is to help remind us how important and valuable music is and all the reasons why," says Vincent James, founder of Keep Music Alive. "By sparking musical interest in these new students, we will collectively help ensure that quality new music is created for future generations. As an added bonus, we will also be helping to develop their minds for many successful careers outside the arts."
James cites cuts in music and arts education, the switch from CD/MP3 sales to streaming and fewer live music venues as factors leading music down a troubling path. He says the Keep Music Alive mission is an attempt to push back so that future generations will continue to enjoy quality new music.
Keep Music Alive will be publishing the book "88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life" in May. "88+ Ways" will feature inspirational music stories and quotes from musicians, music educators and music lovers from all over the world. Contributing to "88+ Ways" are several Grammy award-winning artists and songwriters.
SOURCE Keep Music Alive