NAMM 2020 in review

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The NAMM Show is an annual event held in California and, for the last 17 years, MLC has sent a delegation.

What is it and why do we go?

NAMM is a music industry trade organisation that envisions a world in which the joy of making music is a precious element of daily living for everyone. This mission is not too far removed from our own. MLC is:

An inclusive, community-based centre of excellence for aspiring musicians of all ages and abilities

It therefore stands to reason that members of our team attend the show with the following goals in mind:

  • Investigate and review relevant and high-value educational initiatives;
  • Promote music education in the United Kingdom as a right for all – regardless of age or ability;
  • Network with music industry professionals in several sectors in an effort to gain intelligence and share this awareness within our courses and to our student cohort;
  • Increase the opportunities that MLC can offer to both its team members and student cohort.

Community is at the heart of what we do

We believe in community and we are lucky – we belong to several! We work with global leaders in education, music performance, artist relations, trade unions, manufacturing, distribution, pro-audio, lighting, legal, accountancy and more—all of which are thriving careers within the music industry—in an effort to make Music Learning Collective an exciting and dynamic music school.

Throughout 2020, MLC will launch a new and exciting suite of courses that range from Arts Awards to Teacher Training and Music Business to Music Technology and a new course aimed at helping those who wish to own their own creative enterprise.

MLC at NAMM 2020
NAMM 2020 – a diverse team representing teachers and students alike

Performance is the lifeblood of every musician

Yes, we are morphing and yes, we are responding to global trends in music education. However, none of this detracts from our collective passion: to teach and perform music! It is this infectious enthusiasm that every teacher at MLC has, and we want to pass on to you! Monthly live nights and end-of-term performances at MLC are growing in popularity. Students who wish can perform on stage; operate sound and lighting; help with filming and editing; assist with promotion; and much more.

MLC Student Showcase, Live at Metronome
MLC Student Showcase, Live at Metronome

Music Education is important holistically and economically

The benefits of studying music reach far wider than the instrument(s) being taught. Studying music has been proven to enhance cognitive skills and academic performance. Music is maths, history and art to name but a few and the skills learnt are transferable. Those who study music have been proven to have skills such as problem-solving, planning and language-based reasoning.

A creative workforce does not have to be limited to the arts but it is born from them. Creativity exists within science, technology, architecture, teaching, sport and more besides. It is, therefore, our argument that the purpose of music education is to help prepare an individual for the modern economy because those who can think creatively and with divergence will not only survive, they will thrive.

However, let us not forget that learning music is fun! It is a great escape. It is also a great way to get to know new people. So whatever you’re wanting to rock, we at MLC are inclusive and fun to be around. We exist to serve you – and we invite you to become a part of our music learning collective!

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