Opportunities Abound at the 2018 NAMM Show

by Eric Ebel, NAMM

Every year at the NAMM Show, my colleagues and I on The NAMM Foundation team present sessions and opportunities for thousands to learn, play, and network. This year is no exception…here’s a very brief overview:

Over 1,500 pre-K-12 music teachers, private teachers and administrators will have the opportunity to participate in Music Education Days. Now in its eleventh year, this program offers music teachers and administrators informational sessions, networking opportunities, and the chance to experience the newest innovations in school band and orchestra instruments – 2,000 exhibitors representing 7,000 brands! A popular new program from The NAMM Foundation, Music Educator Showcases offer “rapid-fire sessions”, designed to offer attendees speed-round presentations of a variety of musical instruments, and programs for the classroom and beyond.

At the end of each day, Lounge 88 on the Convention Center’s third level will come alive with our inaugural Roomful of Pianos event; featuring multi-piano music, performed by pianists from around the world featuring arrangements of Beethoven, Bernstein, Ellington, and Holst, for 10, 20, or 50 players. Performances will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Do you know a pianist that might be interested? Learn more and sign up to perform here.

The NAMM Foundation is also inviting college music students and faculty to attend GenNext at The 2018 NAMM Show. The GenNext program provides access to education sessions organized by the College Music Society (CMS) that explore career options in the music industry; fostering the development of college-aged leaders in the music industry. GenNext attracts more than 2,000 college music students and faculty.

On Saturday, attendees will enjoy The Grand Rally for Music Education, an annual celebration that honors the champions and advocates of music. This year’s event features a performance by FORTE, the classical crossover-operatic pop trio of tenors; an “inside the practice studio” interview with Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton; and student performances by the recipients of the 2017 “What Makes Music Education Great in My School District” video contest.

As I mentioned, this is a very brief overview…hardly scratches the surface really. For general NAMM Show information, link here, and for more information and a complete list of NAMM Foundation activities at the NAMM Show, please link here or contact me directly at erice@namm.org. I’m always happy to chat with my great friends at RPMDA.

Wishing you a happy and music-filled holiday season,

Eric Ebel

Sr. Project Manager

The NAMM Foundation