Yet I saw the writing on the wall for musicians in New Mexico shortly after 2000. Streaming sites and dwindling music budgets had created damage on several levels for schools and musicians. The money and seemingly – appreciation for live music, had taken a back seat to iPod’s and streaming. Schools in NM also did not find the budgets to have music every year for students. Our local symphony declared bankruptcy and Carousel of Music was not far behind as iPod’s replaced live entertainers at every turn.
I started looking for ways to increase music appreciation in our schools starting at the elementary level. MusicMoment was created out of a need to grow the arts through simple music training in classrooms. We wanted to get the ball rolling by creating highly usable 5 minute sponge activities to give to schools. Next we would expand it by offering students affordable access to music instruction after school.
Creating MusicMoment modules for 3rd-8th grade classrooms is the main focus of our first 2 years. Other projects aimed at helping schools with music appreciation include: PTA Jam Nights – student PTA jam concerts; Fusion Workshops – high school music seminars; Spotlight Streaming –online concerts & recitals; Music Trax Recording – online recording collaboration between pro musicians and songwriters. Our bread and butter is student music lessons online for all popular instruments including affordable on-demand and group lessons!
It’s gonna be a blast!!! 2018 is the beginning of MusicMoment and Sessions Music Academy. Now it’s up to the music industry and schools to participate in creating MusicMoments that can be easily introduced into the classrooms as simple 5 minute sponge activities, increasing daily music appreciation at school.
We have multiple sponsorship avenues ranging from recording, production, distribution and funding leading to the development of MusicMoment modules. For more information on how you can partner with us email me at: “Jim@SessionsAcademy.org” –Jim Gross