Category: Music

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  • UNIVERSAL MUSIC DAY – Second Saturday in October

    UNIVERSAL MUSIC DAY

    On the second Saturday in October, Universal Music Day invites the general public to gather together and make music. It is also a day for people to express themselves in other creative ways. For this reason, the day is also known as Universal Self-Expression Day.

    Many people say that music is a way to unite people around the world. Just consider these quotes about music uniting us all:

    • Stevie Wonder – “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.”
    • Robert Plant – “Music is for every single person that walks the planet.”
    • Pinchas Zukerman – “Music has the power to unite us. It proves that by working together, we can create something truly beautiful.”
    • Sanchita Pandey – “Music with all its subtlety has immense power to unite people, spread love, and bring peace to the world!”
    • Sean Combs – “Music is the most powerful form of communication in the world. It brings us all together.”

    Even Nelson Mandela has stated, “Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice. Such is the value of music.”

    How exactly can music be so powerful? According to scientists, music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function. This is why some think that music has an effect on how the brain works. Psychologists say that music has the power to evoke emotion and pleasure. These emotional responses to music occur through reminiscing, synchronizing movements to music, and creating expectations. Through computational data, a group of anthropologists, biologists, and linguists found that music really is the universal language of mankind.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #UniversalMusicDay

    On this day, people around the world are invited to bring their musical instruments, art supplies, dancing shoes, and a sense of fun to a gathering place in their community. This place could be a park, beach, community center, or someone’s home. People are also invited to celebrate their greatness as human beings.

    To participate:

    • Attend a concert, the symphony, or another musical event.
    • Make your own music with an instrument or your voice.
    • Find a creative way to express yourself.

    Share this day on social media with #UniversalMusicDay.

    UNIVERSAL MUSIC DAY HISTORY

    Susan Patricia Golden founded Universal Music Day in 2007. Susan is a life coach, mentor, and professional speaker, and she believes that music-making creates well-being. She says that creative expression, especially music, is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and our children. She created this day so that the whole world would make music together in order to create world peace and harmony.

    DATES:
    8 October 2022
    14 October 2023
    12 October 2024
    11 October 2025
    10 October 2026
    9 October 2027
    14 October 2028
    13 October 2029
    12 October 2030
    11 October 2031

     

  • INTERNATIONAL BAGPIPE DAY – March 10

    INTERNATIONAL BAGPIPE DAY

    Every year on March 10th, International Bagpipe Day celebrates this unique instrument. The day also promotes the diversity of bagpipes to the general public.

    Bagpipes are woodwind instruments. Most people associate this instrument with Scotland, Ireland, and other Celtic countries. However, the origins of the bagpipe stem from ancient Egypt. Many believe Ancient Egyptians played some version of the bagpipes around 400 BC. The men who played the instrument were called the pipers of Thebes. Historians also believe the Roman emperor, Nero, played the pipes.

    Historians aren’t sure how the bagpipes found their way to Scotland and Ireland. One theory suggests that invading Roman legions brought the bagpipes to Scotland. Through the years, pipers from Scotland and Ireland have played the bagpipes at weddings, feasts, fares, and even during war. In the Scottish Highlands during the 16th and 17th centuries, the bagpipes replaced the harp as the instrument of battle.

    There are different kinds of bagpipes. In Scotland, the two different types are called the Highland bagpipe and the Lowland bagpipe. People are most familiar with the Highland bagpipe, and pipers usually perform during Highland dancing, weddings, and funerals. The Irish normally play the uilleann bagpipes. With a softer sound than Scottish bagpipes, the instrument is more equipped for indoor performances.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalBagpipeDay

    Pipers around the world are encouraged to play their bagpipes. In past years, pipers, instrument makers, and scholars from the United States, Greece, Sweden, Nigeria, the UK, Scotland, and Ireland have held musical events to celebrate International Bagpipe Day.

    To participate:

    • Listen to popular songs featuring bagpipes, such as “Come Talk to Me” by Peter Gabriel, “Celtic Ray” by Van Morrison, and “It’s a Long Way to the Top” by AC/DC.
    • Read about famous pipers like Bruce Gandy, Peter Bain, and Ross Ainslie.
    • Watch videos online of people playing the bagpipes.
    • Learn more about the different kinds of bagpipes, their heritage, and history.
    • Share your love of the bagpipe. Give a performance or lesson. Pass along the heritage of playing the bagpipes.

    Spread awareness for this musical day on social media with #InternationalBagpipeDay

    INTERNATIONAL BAGPIPE DAY HISTORY

    Andy Letcher, the publicity officer for the Bagpipe Society, created International Bagpipe Day. The International Bagpipe Organisation also helps facilitate the day. They celebrated the first event on March 10, 2012. In addition to this day, there is an International Bagpipe Conference held every two years in March.

  • WORLD PIANO DAY – March 28

    WORLD PIANO DAY

    Every year on March 28th, World Piano Day unites piano lovers across the globe as they celebrate the “king of musical instruments.” The day also encourages piano players of all ages and abilities to play in public spaces.

    Musical instruments are grouped together in families. It’s relatively easy to determine what family most instruments belong. This is not the case with the piano, however. Some say it’s a percussion instrument. Others say it belongs to the string family. Many would say the piano is unique in that it belongs to both families.

    Bartolomeo Cristofori of Italy invented the piano in 1700. It was first called “clavicembalo col piano e forte.” This can be translated to “a harpsichord that can play soft and loud noises.” Eventually, its name was shortened to piano.

    Throughout the years, the piano went from one basic style to many different kinds. These include vertical, spinet, console, studio, upright, digital, pianola (self-playing piano), grand, and baby grand. These types of pianos come in a variety of different sizes.

    Most people play the piano because it’s fun, and they love the sound it makes. However, there are also many other benefits to playing the piano. Some of these benefits include:

    • It’s a great way to learn how to read music.
    • It sharpens fine motor skills and improves hand-eye coordination.
    • It boosts cognitive and intellectual abilities, including improved memory.
    • It’s great for mental health, as those who play the piano experience less depression and anxiety.

    With so many benefits of playing the piano, today is a great day to sign your kids up for piano lessons, or take them yourself!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldPianoDay

    To celebrate this musical day, pianists give free concerts featuring piano music. Other people that take part in this day include composers, performers, piano movers, tuners, and piano builders. There are also many ways for you to participate:

    • Commit to taking piano lessons.
    • Thank a piano teacher.
    • If you are a pianist, gather your courage and play the piano in a public space.
    • If you took piano lessons as a child, think about reviving your skills.
    • Attend a piano concert.
    • Listen to piano music online.
    • Explore other musical instruments by reading 5 Tuneful Origins of Celebrated Musical Instruments.

    Learn about the best pianists of all time, such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Vladimir Horowitz, Myra Hess, and Lang Lang.

    To help spread awareness for this day, use #WorldPianoDay on social media.

    WORLD PIANO DAY HISTORY

    The German musician, Nils Frahm, founded World Piano Day in 2015. He chose the date of March 28th, because it is the 88th day of the year. The piano has 88 keys.

     

  • INTERNATIONAL DRUM MONTH – May

    INTERNATIONAL DRUM MONTH

    International Drum Month sets the rhythm all month long.

    Every music lover knows the percussion section gets people out of their seats and onto the dance floor. We don’t need a symbol to get us moving. Whether we’re attending a concert or playing with friends, it doesn’t take much for us to chime in.

    Within a few notes of the drum or cymbal, we can identify our favorite tunes. Children will even tap out a rhythm at an early age. Music is in our hearts. We were born to play.

    Throughout the month, attend a concert or pick up your favorite percussion instrument to play. Visit the local music store and explore the latest gear and see what you’ve been missing. Maybe it’s time for a lesson or two.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalDrumMonth

    Don’t have any drums or percussion instruments? Try these ideas to participate:

    • Use only your fingertips and a tabletop to tap out a beat.
    • Listen as your co-worker prints out a document. Using two pencils, drum out a complimentary beat.
    • Gently squeeze a half-empty soda can at a steady tempo while tapping the can on the table.
    • Learn more about other musical instruments. Read 5 Tuneful Origins of Celebrated Musical Instruments.

    Use #InternationalDrumMonth to share on social media.

    INTERNATIONAL DRUM MONTH HISTORY

    We were unable to identify the source of International Drum Month.

     

  • MARCHING MUSIC DAY – March 4

    MARCHING MUSIC DAY

    March forth to the rhythm of life on Marching Music Day every March 4th. Honor the dedicated musicians and performers of many diverse styles and backgrounds. Marching Music Day celebrates all varieties of art forms that bring us “music on the move.”

    For centuries, the beat of a drum has kept military units moving in unison. From the training field to the battlefield, the football stadium to the Broadway stage, marching music delights performers and spectators. They also perform in small gyms, auditoriums, and grand arenas. From small parades to impressive spectacles, fifers, pipers, buglers, drum corps, marching bands, parade groups, drill teams, and color guards bring music to life. They bring audiences to their feet while stirring a crowd to an enthusiastic roar.

    Military Roots & Technology

    Did you know, the military roots of the drum corps have evolved over time. As a well-rooted art form, marching music moves us during somber memorials. And yet it thrills us with an ability to perform delightful music and execute intricate routines with exact precision. Drill squads, marching bands, drum lines, and drum corps name but a few of the many styles of marching music. They engage hundreds of thousands of performers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

    We see marching music in schools, military units, community celebrations, and local auxiliaries. The music is as varied as the ensembles themselves, too! While instruments may be limited to brass in some settings, others may include woodwinds and electric guitars in others. Dance teams, baton twirlers, and color guards perform to modern soundtracks. They take center stage with performances ranging from traditional, standard marches to rock and roll, jazz, contemporary, and electronic dance music.

    Furthermore, marching music keeps changing! Spectacular string bands incorporate their own unique sound and elaborate costuming. Technology has produced lighter, electronic and digital instruments, making it possible for musicians to march with violins, cellos, basses, and synthesizers to entertain crowds in unique and creative new ways.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #MarchingMusicDay

    March forth! Support your local marching music groups. There are many ways to take part.

    • Attend their performances and bring new supporters with you.
    • Back their competitions by contributing to their fundraisers.
    • If you’re a musician, consider becoming part of the band.
    • Share your experience by teaching others.

    Whether it is through a school, a veterans group, or an independent ensemble, they will appreciate your support. And you will appreciate the entertainment and music! Use #MarchForth #MarchingMusicDay to share your support on social media.

    MARCHING MUSIC DAY HISTORY

    Drum Corps International founded Marching Music Day to celebrate marching music as an engaging and ever-expanding art form around the world. The day also celebrates Music In Our Schools Month. The observance chose March Fourth as a clever play on words.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day to March forth into celebration annually, beginning in 2017.

    Marching Music FAQ

    Q. Where can I see a marching band perform?
    A. Marching bands perform in a variety of venues. Some of them include:

    • Military ceremonies
    • Parades
    • Sporting events
    • Music competitions
    • Festivals

    Q. What movies feature marching bands?
    A. A few movies that feature marching bands include:

    • The Music Man
    • Drumline
    • Drumline: A New Beat
    • Our Song
  • NATIONAL PIANO MONTH – September

    NATIONAL PIANO MONTH | SEPTEMBER

    All during September, we take time to honor everything piano. It’s National Piano Month! The entire month pays tribute to pianists everywhere, piano makers, and those who enjoy piano music.

    #NationalPianoMonth

    Bartolomeo Cristofori is given credit for inventing the first piano in Padua, Italy, around 1700. At the time, Cristofori’s employment with the Florentine Court of the Grand Prince Ferdinando de Medici put him in charge of a large collection of the Prince’s musical instruments, including his harpsichords. During this time, Cristofori’s interest in stringed instruments led him to the early development of the piano. Cristofori’s early piano designs were a testament to technological innovations in keyboard instruments of the times. At the height of the Industrial Revolution, composers and pianists like Mozart found a passion and eagerness for a more powerful and sustainable piano sound. As expected, the piano underwent tremendous changes during the 1790s to the 1860s, leading to the modern form of the piano.

    Piano Types

    Piano experts and enthusiasts identify four basic types of pianos–the Spinet, Console, Studio, and Grande. The Spinet piano is the smallest of all piano types, while the Grande is the largest. Though all pianos are upright pianos, piano experts agree each piano style has its own distinct and identifiable sound.

    The Spinet piano is the smallest of all pianos. Spinet pianos have a large number of working parts and are characterized as being dropped action pianos. Dropped action refers to the hammer-like striking action to strike the keys. Similar to its relative, the Console piano is closest to the Spinet piano in size. Furthermore, pianists use the same to play the Spinet piano as they do for the Console piano.

    Studio pianos are taller than both the Spinet and Console pianos, respectively. The Studio piano also offers a richer tone than the two. However, the Studio piano has a different feel in comparison to a Spinet or Console piano. Finally, Grande pianos are the tallest and largest of all pianos. Like Studio pianos, Grande pianos are full of rich sounds carried carefully within the keys to emit a beautiful sound. In addition, Grande pianos are known to be the most beautiful and durable of all four pianos. Notably, when properly cared for, Grande pianos will last generations, making them a timeless heirloom.

    Other types of pianos found today are more specialized and fall into their own category. Furthermore, pianists commonly use these types of pianos in contemporary music. Electric pianos are electro-mechanical designs, and the synthesized piano-like tones use oscillators and digital samples of acoustic piano sounds.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL PIANO MONTH

    National Piano Month offers ample opportunity to play, listen and learn about the piano. Attend a concert. Listen to a variety of genres with piano as the primary instrument. Develop your piano-playing skills or teach someone else to play. Sign up for lessons. Share your favorite piano music with others.

    Use #NationalPianoMonth to share the month on social media.

    NATIONAL PIANO MONTH HISTORY

    We give credit to Bartolomeo Cristofori as the inventor of the first piano in Padua, Italy, around 1700. If it wasn’t for his interest in stringed instruments, Cristofori might not have developed the piano we know today. Because of him, the piano has undergone tremendous changes leading to the modern form of the piano.

    We were unable to find the founder of National Piano Month.

     

  • CLASSICAL MUSIC MONTH – September

    CLASSICAL MUSIC MONTH | SEPTEMBER

    Article by Elizabeth Ehlis – Classical Music Month in September recognizes the study and beauty of classical music. Classical music falls into a category much different from today’s standards. However, classical music ultimately led to the music we create today. 

    #ClassicalMusicMonth

    When people think of classical music, they often consider it to come from one period or era when great composers created lasting works. However, classical music is more than just one large period of time and is broken into different smaller periods, each having its own differences. It is interesting to see just how much music has changed over time!

    Classical Music Time Periods

    (PLEASE NOTE: The dates of the time periods are estimated since there are no exact dates for when each time period occurred/ began/ended)

    Medieval (500ish­ – 1400)­

    The church influenced medieval era music. Forms of music from the early part of this period would be Gregorian Chants and Organum. Composers from this period include, Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut

    Renaissance (1400/1450­ – 1600)­

    During the Renaissance era, many new ideas developed. Composures received more freedom from the church, encouraging experimentation, too. The printing press, invented in the 1400s, also allowed for music to be printed. Composers also created instrumental music. Composers from this period include William Byrd, Claudio Monteverdi, Josquin Des Prez. 

    Baroque (1600 – ­1750)­

    The music of the Baroque was very ornate. This period also created the concerto, cantata, oratorio, and sonata. The instruments also advanced during this period. Composers from this period include Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi.

    Classical (1750/1775­ – 1820)­

    The composers of the Classical era created simpler, cleaner music than Baroque music. They also focused more on the melody. Dynamics (the volume change) were important. Classical music added woodwinds to the orchestra. Composers from this period include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven*, Franz Joseph Hayden. *Note: Beethoven is considered to be a bridge between the Classical and the Romantic periods

    Romantic (1820 – ­1910)­

    The Romantic era created very expressive and emotional works. The orchestra saw much growth in this period, too: The woodwind and brass sections expanded. Composers from this period include Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms.

    HOW TO OBSERVE CLASSICAL MUSIC MONTH

    Find some classical music to listen to alone or with friends and family. Attend a local concert to reap the full classical concert benefit! You can also learn to play an instrument. Those who already play, perform classical music for yourself and others. If you’re in school, then consider taking band or joining a music club. There are plenty of ways to celebrate! Use #ClassicalMusicMonth to post on social media.

    Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom to find more ways to Celebrate Every Day!

    CLASSICAL MUSIC MONTH HISTORY

    In 1994, President Bill Clinton proclaimed Classical Music Month to be observed in September. 

     

  • INTERNATIONAL GUITAR MONTH – April

    INTERNATIONAL GUITAR MONTH

    International Guitar Month in April inspires the world to strum and pick their way through chords to sweet serenity. This beautiful stringed instrument dates back to 15th century Spain and has contributed to music history ever since.

    Five centuries later, humans electrified the guitar bringing a whole new sound to the stage. In between, musicians of every kind found inspiration and a creative outlet in the guitar.

    Guitar players have contributed to many kinds of music including:

    • Classical
    • Jazz
    • Pop
    • Flamenco
    • Folk
    • Blues
    • Rock
    • Country
    • Bluegrass
    • Metal

    Whether you play guitar or your talent is in listening, the month is wide open to ways to celebrate. Guitars bring joy whether we play them or listen to the music they produce.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalGuitarMonth

    • Dust off the Fender and get in tune. See if those old calluses remember how to play.
    • Vinyl is back. Visit the local music shop and find your favorite guitar solo.
    • No matter what your guitar style is, classical, electric, steel, acoustic, and bass, stop by the local guitar shop. You know you want to.
    • Get a custom guitar tattoo.
    • Write a new song.
    • Go to a concert.
    • Schedule your OWN concert.
    • Explore the history of other musical instruments. Read 5 Tuneful Origins of Celebrated Musical Instruments.
    •  Use #InternationalGuitarMonth to share on social media.

    INTERNATIONAL GUITAR MONTH HISTORY

    In 1987, GAMA and NAMM founded International Guitar Day to promote retail guitar sales and stores around the world.

     

  • NATIONAL DISC JOCKEY DAY – January 20

    NATIONAL DISC JOCKEY DAY

    Each year National Disc Jockey Day recognizes the DJs playing the music and spinning the records. The observance takes place annually on January 20th. 

    #NationalDiscJockeyDay

    A disc jockey, or DJ for short, is a person who plays recorded music either on the radio or at a club or event.

    The first disc jockey was an experiment on the airwaves. In 1909, sixteen-year-old Ray Newby was a student under the supervision of Charles “Doc” Herrold at Herrold College of Engineering and Wireless. He played the first records over the airwaves before the word disc jockey even existed.

    What started as an experiment from the Garden City Bank Building where the college was located in San Fernando, California, was soon being replicated by radio broadcasters across the country. Initially, Newby primarily broadcast his news, music, and entertainment live.

    It wasn’t until 25 years later that radio commentator Walter Winchell coined the term disc jockey.

    Today, contemporary DJs play music from vinyl to digital. Regardless of the medium they use, the term disc jockey still applies.

    Hip-hop DJs became popular in the late 70s and 80s using multiple turntables and using the turntables themselves as an instrument to alter the music. Mobile DJs often act as the master of ceremonies at events or parties directing the evening’s activities.

    HOW TO OBSERVED NATIONAL DISC JOCKEY DAY

    National Disc Jockey Day gives us an excellent opportunity to celebrate our favorite DJs. Give them a shout out on social media. Learn more about the history of DJs, too. We suggest:
    Rock the Dancefloor by Phil Morse or Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip Hop DJ by Mark Katz. You can also stream a documentary about DJs and their music. Take a look at What We Started directed by Cyrus Saidi and Bert Marcus, Scratch directed by Doug Pray or go a little further back in time and watch I Am What I Play directed by Roger King.

    Share and give your favorite DJ a shoutout using #NationalDiscJockeyDay on social media.

    Discover more even more DJ history by reading 5 Influential Disc Jockeys.

    NATIONAL DISC JOCKEY DAY HISTORY

    National Disc Jockey Day honors the death of Albert “Alan” James Freed. Freed, also known as Moondog, was an influential disc jockey in the 1950s.  He is credited with popularizing the term “rock ‘n’ roll” that was used to describe the new genre of music.

    While the day honors Freed, we’ve been unable to identify the founder of the observance.

    Disc Jockey FAQ

    Q. What is Wolfman Jack’s real name?
    A. One of the best DJs in history, Wolfman Jack’s real name is Robert Weston Smith.

    Q. Who coined the word “disc jockey”?
    A. Credit goes to American newspaper gossip columnist and radio commentator Walter Winchell. In 1935, Winchell described radio announcer Martin Block as a “disk jockey” referring to an operator who played music recorded on discs.

    Q. Can anyone celebrate National Disc Jockey Day?
    A. Yes. Whether you’re a disc jockey or a fan, you can celebrate the day.