The Most Heard, Least Known Composers In America
January 26, 2015Posted by on
Voting is now officially open for our online contest “What’s The Sound of Your Story?”
- Check out the Best Work from Your Peers here »
- Cast Your Vote.
- You Choose Who Wins!
THE WINNING STATION will receive this amazing guitar from Stephen’s collection:
An authenticated 1980’s Gibson Les Paul signed by Les Paul!
How It Works:
Simply click on the “thumbs up” icon for the video you like. Users can vote for their favorite video one (1) time every 24 hours during the voting period. After 2 weeks, the most popular video will be the winner!
December 2, 2014Posted by on
Season’s Greetings Everyone,
We’re back again this Holiday Season hoping to make our industry aware of this great organization, Little Kids Rock™.
Little Kids Rock™ provides free music lessons and instruments to underserved public school kids around the country.
Last year we were able to put 60 brand new acoustic guitars into the hands of children by raising over $3000 selling our Christmas CD, The Six Strings Of Christmas, which features many of our great Texas studio friends playing their own 6-string yuletide arrangements (100% of the proceeds go to Little Kids Rock).
Each CD costs just $9.99, and 100% of the proceeds are donated to Little Kids Rock, which means:
- 1 CD = Provides a child with three months of music lessons!
- 5 CDs = Puts a brand new acoustic guitar into a child’s hands!
- 10 CDs = Supplies a keyboard and amp to a public school music class!
So with the purchase of “The Six Strings of Christmas” by Stephen Arnold Music, you will be helping Little Kids Rock provide free instruments and music lessons to disadvantaged public school students in some of the most economically challenged communities in the United States!
Thanks for giving our children the right to rock!
Live samples from the sessions:
August 7, 2014Posted by on
We have a great new product from our Sam2 media division - a Black History Month Special with Sponsorship Opportunities.
“Journey” is a never before told true story about the role free blacks played in the founding of the first city in the United States.
- A sponsorable documentary special perfect for Black History month
- Full 26 minute version available as well as five 2-minute segments for play in news.
- Play it on-air, on-line, or in-school. The entire documentary can be given to local schools by the presenting sponsor and TV station during Black History Month for use in their classrooms.
- Market Exclusive
For more information, please contact Gordon Smith at our Sam2 Atlanta office:
You can check out the Journey Overview, Promo Trailer and Linconville Segment on our microsite at: sam2.com/journey
June 7, 2014Posted by on
Are you attending the conference at the Mirage in Las Vegas? Make plans to stop by our special Promax guitar display, You’ll see some amazing guitars, three from Stephen’s personal collection that are featured in his recent book, A Story of Six Strings.
We’ll also be giving away a 1950s Road Worn Fender Stratocaster autographed by none other than rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame guitarist Tom Petty.
Make plans to stop by, have a chat, drop your card in the box and maybe walk away with a classic, signed guitar. The drawing is Thursday, June 26 at noon. Remember, you must be present to win.
Thursday night, don’t miss our legendary “After Hours Acoustic Jam,” now in its fourth year, featuring the sensational Byron Bordaux. We’ll be jammin’ along with our many station friends from across the country in the Penthouse Suite at the Mirage from 9 until it all comes tumblin’ down!
Good luck and hope to see you kickin’ it with us in Vegas … baby!
March 4, 2014Posted by on
For the past few years Stephen Arnold Music has worked closely with an inspirational organization that has grown close to our heart: Little Kids Rock.
This innovative nonprofit transforms the lives of children by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools all over the United States.
A bit of background: today millions of American children receive little to no music in their school curriculum. Major budget cuts continue to force school music programs to close, particularly in schools serving low-income communities.
Little Kids Rock partners with public school districts, training teachers with a groundbreaking curriculum. The nonprofit also donates all of the instruments and resources necessary to run the schools’ music programs.
Last Saturday, March 1st, I had a rare opportunity to sit in on one of the Little Kids Rock eight hour training workshops for instructors as they initiated the launching of 60 Dallas Independent School District schools.
That’s right, not six or 16 but 60 DISD schools. For a guy who grew up in Dallas, I can’t tell you how proud that makes me.
It was time consuming, painstaking work lead by Little Kids Rock founder David Wish and music director Scott Burstein. The pair led 25-plus DISD teachers (all of whom graciously donate their time) through a marvelous process on how to teach the curriculum. The seminar included everything from holding a guitar and a pick to tuning an instrument, to warm up exercises and learning songs (with “one-finger chords”) all the way through songwriting techniques.
Can you imagine the delight of seeing a second or third grader write and perform his or her song? The one-finger chord process was simply amazing: the very idea of playing The Beatles’ classic “Eleanor Rigby” with just one finger was unforgettable.
Since founded 12 years ago, Little Kids Rock has taught more than 120,000 schoolchildren to play guitar, piano, bass and drums. Currently, there are chapters in 25 cities with over 1,200 dedicated teachers at the helm.
But if you think the best part is the music, the lessons, or even the songs they learn to play, think again. It’s the fact that children with arts instruction are three-times more likely to continue their education and even earn a degree.
This program also gives schoolchildren something to look forward to. It provides confidence and, most importantly, teaches kids how to express themselves, literally transforming their lives. Simply, music is the vehicle that can make a significant difference in their lives.
One of the first things Little Kids Rock does in workshops is to show a video clip of renowned bassist Victor Wooten, a five-time Grammy Award winner who plays with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. In Music as a Language Wooten makes the case for learning music in the same way as we learned our first language, calling for a more natural, less academic approach. He makes the point that, as babies, we weren’t taught our first language or corrected when we made a mistake. We didn’t have to write out our ABCs (read music) before we talked (played music). We didn’t even know we were beginners and got to ‘jam’ with people much better than us. Wooten draws on his own musical education as an example of how taking this approach can deliver great results.
It’s a powerful message, and to hear it from one of the world’s best players is even more inspiring.
I’d been at the workshop since 9 a.m. and at about 4 p.m. I was exhausted, but energized. But that’s when the real fun began. Little Kids Rock brought four or five students from DISD schools to perform. A pair of guitars, a bass, drums and a singer, all playing original compositions they had learned and perfected through the program. Before Little Kids Rock, not one of these musicians had ever so much as picked up an instrument. It was truly inspirational!
For years when people would ask me, “What comes first, the words or the music?”
I’d always say, “The deadline.”
After the Little Kids Rock workshop in Dallas, I think I’ll modify my stock answer. What comes first, the words or the music?
(For more information on Little Kids Rock click here)