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The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), has announced the 10 qualifying bands that received the most public votes in the first-ever SchoolJam USA competition. A national teen 'battle of the bands' that rewards both aspiring music makers and their respective school music programs, SchoolJam USA features the best amateur bands of teen musicians between the ages of 13 and 18. This year's top teen finalists hail from more than 20 U.S. cities, including Austin, Texas, St. Louis, Mo.

With interest in recreational music making at an all-time high, according to a 2009 Gallup Poll* conducted by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the holidays are the perfect time to share the gift of music by giving a gift of music lessons or instruments. NAMM's "Top 10 Reasons" illustrates just some of the many proven benefits of an untraditional musical gift that keeps on giving beyond the holidays:

The year was 1970 and it was a very different music products world filled with its own unique challenges. And it was during this year that a daring group of NAMM Members began what would become a 40-year-tradition by picking up and playing musical instruments and engaging in a “Grand March to the Exposition” to open The 1970 NAMM Show.

Each year, more than 44 million people watch from the street and on TV as dozens of themed floats transform New York City into a scene of wonder and majesty during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. This year, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) makes its Macy’s Parade debut with longtime partner Sesame Workshop as the organizations join forces to deliver a powerful message about the joy and benefits of playing music.

NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, today announced its NAMM University educational session schedule for the upcoming 2010 NAMM Show, which takes place January 14-17, 2010 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, announced today that it will join the Coalition for Music Education in Canada in its sixth annual Music Monday event May 3, 2010, to demonstrate the importance of music education programs throughout North America, and to celebrate the many proven benefits of playing music for people of all ages.

 NAMM, the national association of music merchants, announced today that it was the one of the top 10 booths being searched for at interactive kiosks by attendees at the AARP conference this past weekend. According to Morgan Ringwald, NAMM’s Wanna Play? booth was extremely popular with people at the conference because of the many hands-on music-making sessions available for participation.

School music programs across the U.S. being threatened by lack of funding will get some unexpected help from NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, and some great teen bands as part of the national SchoolJam USA competition.  The first year of the event drew more than 200 entries from a variety of unsigned bands across the country, with each band made up of talented teen musicians between the ages of 13 to 18.

The NAMM Foundation today announced that it is inviting school music educators to attend the third annual “Music Education Days” event at the NAMM Show, the largest music products trade show held annually in Anaheim, Calif.

The Music Instinct: Science and Song, is a television documentary that brings together researchers and musicians to investigate the biological, emotional and psychological impact of music. Elena Mannes and Margaret Smilow, director and producer (respectively), of the two-hour documentary--developed with major funding from the National Science Foundation--were awarded the Grand Prix at Pariscience 2009, an international science film festival.

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