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Bryce Vine

Bryce Vine was one of 12 talented people chosen from a pool of 34,000 submissions to compete on the original Glee Project, a reality show on the Oxygen network in which performers vie for a spot the TV show Glee. Bryce is a vocal student at Berklee College of Music who sings pop, rap, jazz, and alternative.

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Art Alexakis

Arthur Paul "Art" Alexakis is best known as the American singer, composer, and guitarist of the rock band Everclear. He has been a member of several notable bands, in addition to his own work as a songwriter for other artists.

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Zendaya

Zendaya is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She currently stars on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up as Raquel "Rocky" Blue. 

Guitar Case Give Away

85% of Americans, including President Obama, wish they could play a musical instrument. This year, resolve to reap the benefits of playing a musical instrument. Take the Pledge to Play on Facebook and encourage your friends to take it too!

Wanna Play?

Everyone knows that playing a musical instrument is fun and entertaining, but music making is scientifically proven to benefit people of all ages...

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President Obama Tops List of America's Favorite Unexpected Musicians; Actors Meryl Streep and Robert Downey, Jr. Tie for Second  thumbnail

President Obama Tops List of America's Favorite Unexpected Musicians; Actors Meryl Streep and Robert Downey, Jr. Tie for Second

He may be leader of the free world, but little did anyone know President Barack Obama was also a natural vocalist. This year, President Obama claimed the number one spot in NAMM’s annual survey on America’s favorite “Unexpected Musician,” a personality not primarily known for playing a musical instrument, with a majority of 29 percent.


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Top Apps, Websites and Tech Products for Learning to Play a Musical Instrument

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) salutes the leading digital apps, websites and tech products that inspire people to play a musical instrument. These new tools from the tech world make learning to play music more tangible for aspiring musicians, as NAMM asks people to feel the benefits and joy of music making during its annual National Wanna Play Music Week, May 7-13, 2012.


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NAMM Announces Activities Of Sixth Annual National Wanna Play Music Week May 7-13

Once again, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is calling on all aspiring musicians to pick up a musical instrument and play during its sixth annual National Wanna Play Music Week May 7-13, 2012.


Injured Marine Receives Special Guitar

According to San Diego's 10news.com, a Marine nearly killed in an explosion in Afghanistan received a special guitar recently.


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President Obama Sings Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together'

Following President Obama's recent expressed interest in playing a musical instrument, an impromtu vocal rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together"displayed some real interest and talent for being musical! Click here to view the video clip.


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Thomas Finchum Chases Olympic, Musical Dreams

At a time when many aspiring 2012 Olympians are focused solely on training for what they do best, Thomas Finchum has added some things to his schedule — practicing for a new event and playing with a new band.


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Randi Zuckerberg Rocked Out With a Bunch of Facebook and Google Employees Last Night

Last night in San Francisco, a bunch of techies and VCs showed off their musical chops.

The show was called Silicon Valley Rocks, and it was a charity event for Music in Schools Today, which provides music education for underserved schools.

The bands included members from Facebook, Google, Dropbox, Twilio, and Adobe, plus a couple of VCs.


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Yo-Yo Ma's Message: There's Always Room for Cello

According to a recent article in USA Today, musician Yo-Yo Ma is so much more than a very talented cello player. He is also a strong advocate of young children playing music and believes the activity helps children and teens achieve academically and learn about empathy. Read the story here.


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Survey Reveals Americans Consider Gifts that Offer an Experience Such as Musical Instruments a Top Pick this Holiday Season

According to a new holiday retail survey commissioned by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), more than one-third of Americans prefer to give loved ones gifts that offer meaningful, life-enriching experiences.


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'America's Got Talent' To Host Remaining Auditions In Tampa, Anaheim, Austin and Charlotte

Although auditions have already been taking place around the U.S., there are four cities left on the open audition list and you could be the next talent the show discovers! The next round opens in Tampa, Fla. and runs from Nov. 12-13, 2011.


Blogs

Rhythm and Rhyme Can Help Your Child Learn to Read

Do you want to learn how making music with your child can increase school and life success?

Would you like to improve your child’s brain function, cognitive abilities, social skills and emotional competence through music? Do you want to find out how rhyme can help your child learn to read?


Using Music Therapy for Stress Relief Is Very Effective

When it comes to your overall mental health, stress is the biggest problem that most of face. It is also the biggest reason for many health problems that we face daily. Most of don’t even understand that stress can be the major cause of major health problems like heart problems.


NBA star Greg Oden Can Play!

While watching the ESPYs last week (ESPN awards highlighting great performances in sports), we saw Justin Timberlake, who was hosting the program, beginning a song by asking fo a "G." What was sur


The Singing Office?

So I'm flipping around the TV channels last night and I see NBC's latest show, "The Singing Office" where ordinary people from offices across America showcase their hidden talents and try to win pr


In Harmony with Summer

Summer is one of my favorite times of year. It's all about having fun, trying new experiences and of course music.


American Idol Crowns Its First Guitar Hero

First of all, how cool is it that the latest American Idol, David Cook, actually plays a musical instrument?  We hear sometimes that this generation doesn't have the types of "guitar gods" previou


WannaPlay in the Media

WannaPlay Music Week - Taylor Momsen

MYFOXNY.COM - Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen stopped by Good Day NY
to talk about the non-profit Namm's National Wanna Play Music Week
Campaign. Video Below:


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NAMM President/CEO Joe Lamond Appears on FOX News' Huckabee to Launch New Wanna Play Fund

NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond recently appeared on "Huckabee," a weekly FOX News and commentary program hosted by former Governor of Arkansas, to launch the Wanna Play Fund, which seeks public


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The Bacon Brothers Kick off 2009 National Wanna Play Music Week

The Bacon Brothers, featuring acclaimed actor Kevin Bacon and
his brother, award-winning film and TV composer Michael Bacon, helped
to launch 2009 National Wanna Play Music Week in the U.S., and


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'Get a Life Marching Band' Struts Their Stuff in Honor Of National Wanna Play Music Week

NAMM supports the vision of a senior marching band out of Portland, Ore., that loves to rock!


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Wanna Play Music?

KUSI reporter Mike Castellucci was in Mission Valley at the Music Therapy Center, learning more about the National Association of Music Merchant's "Wanna Play Music" Week, which began yesterday.