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Common Ground on the Hill Winter-Spring Jam Classes Start February 6th

Common Ground On The HillWestminster, MD -- Common Ground on the Hill is excited to offer winter-spring Jam Classes with instructor Christopher James during the "school year." Classes will be on the McDaniel College campus in Westminster, MD, Monday evenings February 6t thru March 26th, 2012. The total cost for eight group lessons is only $160. These group classes are offered as a way to stay in good musical form and to get ready for the myriad of Tradition Weeks offerings at Common Ground on the Hill in July. Christopher James is a wonderful teacher. Participants will have fun learning to play good music with other folks.

Country Artists Reach Out With QR Codes

Cybergrass QR Code/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Sarah Skates
QR ("Quick Response") codes, the latest new media marketing method, are popping up everywhere from movie posters to album covers. Easily recognizable as black-and-white squares with black boxes in three of their corners, these powerful codes represent a step forward from the traditional barcode.

How Publicists and Journalists Work Together for the Perfect Artist Interview

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Donna Hughes
One of the publicist's most important and daunting challenges is to ensure that their clients' interviews and media coverage are as positive as possible. Admittedly, this may put them at cross purposes with certain members of the media who may find it more enticing to spread dirt than sunshine. But more often than not, there are ways to ensure that both parties get what they want.

I'll Fly Away Foundation Created For Music Education

I'll Fly Away FoundationNashville, TN --"I'll Fly Away" is one of the most recognized songs that has provided comfort for millions around the world for the last 80 years. Now "I'll Fly Away" is poised to give hope for the next generation. The I'll Fly Away Foundation has been formed to educate our children as to the importance of our musical history through scholarships and musical education programs. The I'll Fly Away Foundation believes music education is the key to the success of our preservation mission and will conduct demonstration tours to schools of all levels to educate the next generation about the musical heritage and traditions of America. The I'll Fly Away Foundation is set to grant scholarships to qualified recipients in 2012.

How Nashville Publishers Pick Their Writers

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Sarah Skates
It's an elusive combination of traits that makes a songwriter win a music publisher's attention. Quality songs are part of the equation, of course, as are the writer's track record of hits and network of co-writers. But sometimes the writer's drive and determination are what seal the deal.

Cascade School of Music Offers Violin/Fiddle Class For Advancing Fiddler by Roland White

Roland WhiteBend, OR -- Cascade School of Music, (CSM), is offering an Adult Violin/Fiddle Class, Winter Term 2012, "The Advancing Fiddler", to be held for 10 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 PM from January 10th to March 13th. Cascade School of Music is now located at 200 Pacific Park Lane, Bend, Oregon in a newly remodeled building with private teaching rooms and administrative offices in a beautiful setting on the Deschutes River.

UK Welcomes You to the Bath Bluegrass Music School

Bath Bluegrass SchoolThe Bath Bluegrass Music School is a group of professional bluegrass musicians from the United Kingdom who have come together to provide private instrumental tuition for all ages and abilities on bluegrass and clawhammer banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and Dobro. The school is also able to put together workshops for schools and events.

Pete Wernick Announces Banjo Camp Scholarship Winners

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete ("Dr. Banjo") Wernick will host two scholarship winners at his January 2012 Advanced Banjo Camp. Jim Gabehart of Hinton, West Virginia, will attend thanks to the generosity of Stelling Banjo Works, and Jordan Alleman of Portland, Oregon is the recipient of donations received at last January's annual Banjo Camp concert. Jim and his wife lead a band that plays throughout the east, and Jordan, 18, will start studies at Berklee College of Music in the fall.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Announce Education Department Promotions

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN --The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce two promotions in its education department, effective immediately: Public Programs Coordinator Ali Tonn has been promoted to director of education and public programming; and, School Programs Coordinator Nathalie Lavine has been promoted to school programs manager. Tonn joined the museum staff in August 2005 and Lavine began working at the museum in October 2010.

Share America Foundation Presents Scholarship to Vocalist

Share America with Emily NullenderRinggold, GA -- Share America Foundation, Inc. recently presented Emily Hullender of Tunnel Hill, Ga. the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship for $1,000 at the Ringgold Depot. From left, Share America Foundation secretary James Pelt, comedian Johnny Counterfit, SAF chairman Joe Turner, Jeff Hullender, Emily Hullender, Justin Hullender, and SAF president Randall Franks.

Twitter Tips

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Brad Schmitt
Blake Shelton is so drunk. How drunk is he?

"I'm so drunk right now I just threw my T.V. at the remote," he declared not long ago to his Twitter followers.

Shelton has also used his Twitter account to flirt shamelessly, to make often crass jokes and to put his own self-proclaimed "real redneck" spin on the news of the day.

Such a straight-ahead, unfiltered communication thrills many of his fans, turns some off and generates tons of buzz. But can an artist's use of Twitter help — or hurt — album sales?

Virtuoso Drummers Billy Cobham, Thomas Lang & Luis Conte Ink Deal with ArtistWorks

Artistworks Drum AcademyNapa California-based music Education and Technology Company ArtistWorks Debuts ArtistWorks Drum Academy with Virtuoso Drummers Billy Cobham, Thomas Lang and Luis Conte ArtistWorks Drum Academy Debuts on December 8th 2011 Featuring Unique 2-Way Video Exchange (Los Angeles, CA) Napa California-based music education company ArtistWorks will premiere the ArtistWorks Drum Academy (ADA) with the debut of online schools from three of the world's most accomplished, respected and talented drummers: world-renowned jazz and drumming legend Billy Cobham, drumming superstar/producer Thomas Lang, and Latin Percussion Icon Luis Conte.

Banjo Newsletter Offers 'Learning To Play Banjo in the New Millennium'

Banjo NewsletterAnnapolis, MD, Oct. 31, 2011--The secrets of bluegrass banjo are no longer hidden behind a shroud of secrecy as they were in the past, but in many ways the pendulum has swung the other way. Today's banjo players are faced with a dizzying array of instructional options -- the problem is no longer where to find information,but with the mountain of choices available... where does one begin? Making these decisions can be an overwhelming process.

UK's Sore Fingers Summer Schools Demand Up after BBC Coverage

Sore Fingers Summer SchoolsSore Fingers Summer Schools is Europe's leading organisation for bluegrass and old-time music camps, offering world class tuition for all the instruments played in bluegrass as well as old-time fiddle and banjo, autoharp and singing. Recently, the BBC covered the event and this has caused a rush of registrations to the bluegrass school. If you're interested in the October of next year's Easter sessions, you probably want to get started now.

Sharpen your Bluegrass Skills over Winter at ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass

Artistworks Academy of BluegrassIt's been a great summer of Bluegrass with festivals all over the country, and now it's time to sharpen your skills for next year's festivals and jams with the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass. The Academy of Bluegrass is the newest way to learn online from an All-Star Group of teachers: Tony Trischka (Banjo), Bryan Sutton (Guitar), Missy Raines (Bass), Mike Marshall (Mandolin), and Darol Anger (Fiddle). ArtistWorks' Video Exchange Technology allows students from all over the world to learn directly from these master teachers. Join now for as little as $20 a month!

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