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Prescription Bluegrass and Red Desert Violin Offer Free Fiddle Lesson

Prescription Bluegrass and Red Desert ViolinsPrescription Bluegrass and Red Desert Violin are excited to announce an absolutely FREE beginning fiddle lesson for bluegrass fans. “We realize that many folks may have wanted to learn a bluegrass instrument for quite some time but have been intimidated by myths about the difficulty of learning,” said Brian McNeal, host of the Prescription Bluegrass radio program.

Barnyard Bluegrass App Joins the YogiPlay Family

Barnyard BluegrassBarnyard Bluegrass, a Parenting Magazine “Best Kids App,” is proud to announce its selection as a “boosted” YogiPlay app. This uniquely lovable music app, which provides both outstanding education and entertainment value, now offers even more ways to engage users and encourage real learning on iPads and iPhones. This is accomplished through both YogiPlay’s in-game incentives for kids as well as its sophisticated and personalized recommendation engine, which guides parents, rather than just kids, to the other ability appropriate and educationally valuable apps. As with all YogiPlay boosted apps, Barnyard Bluegrass was approved by a team of educators.

Strathmore Presents Storied Strings: The Violin in America

Natalie MacMasterNORTH BETHESDA, MD – In previous seasons Strathmore has explored the piano, the guitar and great American composers—in its mapping of the influences that have forged American music, the arts center turns next to the violin with Storied Strings: The Violin in America, a season-long survey of violin repertoire that celebrates the role of the instrument in the development of American musical tradition. The 11-concert series includes performances in the Music Center and Mansion, as well as education events to better acquaint audiences with this pivotal influence on American music. For additional information and tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit

Berkleemusic Partners With Coursera To Offer Free Online Music Courses

Berklee MusicBoston, MA, September 19, 2012 -- Berkleemusic, the world's largest online music school and the continuing online education division of Berklee College of Music, has signed an agreement with Coursera, an organization that offers classes from top universities and professors for free, to develop four online courses with some of their most popular instructors. These free online courses will be available to students across the globe in Spring 2013. The four Massive Open Online Courses (known as MOOCs) that will be offered are: Jazz Improvisation with 6-time GRAMMY-winner Gary Burton, Music Production Basics with Loudon Stearns, Introduction to Guitar from Thaddeus Hogarth, and Songwriting with Pat Pattison.

The Monroe-Style All-Star Faculty Concert at Bluegrass Museum

2011 Monroe-Style ConcertOwensboro, KY -- It's mandolin picking time at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY. Consider this your invitation to join us Saturday September 15th for an evening concert filled to the brim with Monroe music.

7th Annual Monroe-Style Bluegrass Mandolin Camp Just Two Weeks Away

Monroe Style Mandolin CampThe International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky has announced that the 7th Annual Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp will be held September 14 through 16, 2012. At the Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp, you will spend three days with the finest mandolin faculty and luthiers and up to 50 of the coolest mandolin students you’ll find on Planet Earth. With registration for each camp capped at 50, the camps' intimate environment allows for ample opportunities to receive personal, hands-on instruction from each of these legends of Monroe-Style mandolin.

National Endowment for the Humanities America's Music Grant to Illinois Libraries

National Endowment for the HumanitiesThe Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island, Illinois public libraries have been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to present the program America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. As one of 50 grant recipients nationwide, these four libraries will feature public programs focusing on 20th century music genres that are uniquely American and how they are ingrained in our nation's history and culture.

AmericanaFest Business Keynote on Empowering Sustainable Music Businesses

AmericanaFestNashville, TN -- In addition to showcasing iconic and innovative music, the Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan (Sept. 12-15) provides a forum to advocate for the creative and economic vitality of the Americana music genre. In partnership with leading edge technology company, Topspin, the Americana Music Association will present a series of panels curated by Wayne Leeloy, Senior Director of Artist Services, and a Business Keynote and Master Class from Topspin CEO Ian Rogers. The Business Keynote with CEO Ian Rogers and panels will discuss current trends and future forecasts to empower sustainable music businesses.

Murphy Henry On Women In Bluegrass at ICMC

Murphy HenryNashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) will feature bluegrass and banjo artist/historian Murphey Henry on Women in Bluegrass. Published articles will make it into the International Country Music Journal.

Country Stars Share Tips on Surviving Tour Bus Fires

 Lee Brice’s bus burns in Isle of Palms, S.C. Nashville, TN -- /CMA/ By Joseph Hudak
Jerrod Niemann had just climbed aboard his tour bus after a March benefit show in Chattanooga, Tenn., for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital when his friend and fellow artist Lee Brice smelled something all too familiar — the acrid odor of a bus beginning to burn.

BerkleeMusic, World's Largest Online Music School, Debuts New Online Courses

Berklee MusicBoston, MA, August 20, 2012 — BerkleeMusic, the online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music, has announced six new online courses to be offered for their upcoming fall term, beginning September 24th. All courses are college level, 12-week online courses that promote a high level of interactivity between instructor and student.

Master Banjo Builder Tom Nechville Presents Banjo Workshop for UK Enthusiasts

Tom NechvilleMaster banjo builder and banjo design innovator Tom Nechville is to present an exclusive banjo workshop in Norwich, UK, hosted by the UK's leading banjo retailer Banjos Direct. The workshop takes place at Norwich Playhouse on Monday September 3rd, from 3pm to 6pm.img src=

CMA Songwriters Series Makes its Pittsburgh Debut

Rodney Atkins/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- The CMA Songwriters Series makes its Pittsburgh debut bringing some of Nashville’s best tunesmiths to Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Sept. 12 (8:00 PM show time, doors open at 7:00 PM). Rodney Atkins and Luke Laird will join host Bob DiPiero for a night of music and storytelling.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Calls For Bluegrass Related Documentary Films

Bluegrass on BroadwayThe Sixth Annual Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS) International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) Film Festival will be held on January 27, 2013 in Redwood City. The film event is part of the 4-day Bluegrass On Broadway Festival presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. It is possible that the film festival may expand to two days in 2013, with the added session on January 20.

Americana Adds Sam Bush, Delta Rae, and More to Americana Music Festival Lineup

Sam BushAugust 7, 2012, Nashville, TN -- The list of showcase performers is growing for the 13thannual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 12 through September 15. In addition to previously announced participating artists Richard Thompson, Billy Joe Shaver, The Wallflowers and Delta Spirit, additional showcases are confirmed for what could be the most exciting Americana Music Festival yet. To see the current lineup click here.


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