Keep Music Alive revealed its seventh annual Teach Music Week will take place from March 15-21. This week-long holiday invites musicians, music schools, music stores and other organizations to offer a free lesson to new students. This year, more than 1,000 locations in 15 countries will participate. These include the U.S., U.K., Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal and Spain.

Teach Music Week occurs during the third week of March because it coincides with national Music in Our Schools Month. Keep Music Alive encourages those wishing to learn an instrument to find a participating location or musician to begin. The event invites all schools to schedule activities that encourage more students to register for music, band and chorus classes.

Vincent James, co-founder of Keep Music Alive, stressed the impact just trying a music lesson can have. “We all know that the biggest hurdle to doing something is often just getting started,” he said. “With Teach Music Week, we are hoping to inspire a new generation of musicians who will continue reaping the educational, therapeutic and social benefits of playing music, long after the month of March is over.”

Organizations Involved in Teach Music Week

Keep Music Alive welcomes several music brands as partners for the seventh annual Teach Music Week. These include Alfred Music, Casio, Conn-Selmer, D’Addario Foundation, Hungry For Music, Kala Brand Music, the Music & Sound Retailer, Remo and Rock Out Loud LIVE. Together, they will help share the Teach Music Week message during the event.

Additionally, Music & Arts will participate in Teach Music Week by hosting two free group lessons for Beginner and Intermediate Guitar on March 20 at participating stores with more than 220 locations nationwide. Individual locations from additional chains participating this year include Long & McQuade, Kindermusik, Gymboree Play & Music, Music Together and the School of Rock.

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