Results of TMP’s Facebook Fundraiser, 2020

As we’ve said before: We can’t do this without you!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this our best fundraiser to date!  With your help, we are a big step closer to getting our Live Music in the Schools program off the ground.  See below to check out our results.

If you would like to help by purchasing some items directly, check out our moving forward page here.


Thank You:

Aaron Holtzman GenoGottschall Phil Greer
Barbara Bonneau Geronimo Sabat Randy Larkin
Beverly Milosevic Jan Aldridge-Clark Robert Puig
Bob Lauck Jason Miller Shadt Skawratananond
Braden Busch Jim Gillentine Sharon R. Coleman
Carl Victorius Joe McCreary Shawn Ellison
Chris Bennett Judy Nolen Shelli Grissom
Collin Camacho-Dicks Kirk Ross Stuart Sullivan
Craig Dalton Linda Robinson Barr Susan Bollinger
Dave Pavolka Melody Fox Tamara Harper Shetron
David Perkoff Michael Ruiz Todd Herreman
Diana Mullins Mike Dubose Tom Wells
Don Mineo Miriam Sosewitz Toni Hernandez
Eric Gaeta Nancy Glass
Frank Haney Neil Sharrow


How Technology is Keeping Music Education Alive




Step aside Zoomers, these kids and their music teachers deserve the title as much as you. With the closure of schools and tuition centers during the COVID-19 Circuit Breaker and Phase 1 periods in Singapore, music schools offering instrumental lessons saw no exception.


Singapore-based music school, The Music Circle, pivoted quickly to allow lessons to continue virtually. Using a mix of cloud-based notation software, interactive illustration tools, and working with parents to adjust their children to a new environment for learning, group classes and music camps were able to be translated digitally.


To read more click here or on the picture.


Interactive Speaker Designs for tech lovers who believe music is life!




Call me a fool, but I have never been very invested in a speaker. My focus would be on the lyrics of the song and as long as I got to hum along with the lyrics I was a happy soul. This cocoon of mine shattered after I took an interest in product design and joined Yanko! The sheer variety and functionality of the speaker designs we showcase have made me a fan of these designs, with a special focus on interactive speakers. The process of manually changing a speaker’s controls now feels like an almost meditative process to me and now that I have a better collection of speakers with me, I still find myself in awe when a designer mixes this essentially physical product with a physical interaction that helps us feel the melody. This is the collection curated here today – speakers that attune themselves to your needs – be it associating color to music, using non-traditional interfaces or adding a new digital element to the design, each speaker will inspire you to look at this humble everyday object in a whole new light!


To read more click here or on the picture.


Minnesota Rock Camp Focuses on Getting More Girls Into Studio Technology



Laura Tahja Johnson of Brooklyn Park was driving her second-grader Niko home from She Rock She Rock music camp years ago when suddenly a little voice piped up from the back seat.


“ ‘Mom, do you wanna know what we did today? We ripped up stereotypes,’ ” Johnson recalled Niko saying. “They literally ripped up magazines of female stereotypes and talked about that sort of empowerment. That’s when I knew that this camp was definitely a good thing.”


Niko and twin sister Ellie Johnson, who both just completed eighth grade, will return to She Rock camp this summer — the seventh consecutive year for Niko, sixth for Ellie — with a major twist. The sessions will be virtual due to COVID-19, and the focus will be on studio technology instead of rocking out on guitars, drums and other analog instruments.


To read more click here or on the picture.


The Music Industry Is Wrestling With Race. Here’s What It Has Promised.




The business owes much of its wealth to the work of Black artists but has just a handful of Black executives in its most senior jobs. Companies large and small say they’re devoted to change.


What’s the fastest way to put music industry money into the hands of its Black creators? A small Swedish synthesizer manufacturer has a plan.


Teenage Engineering, which makes sleekly designed, retro-sounding machines adored by dance-music producers, will soon begin sharing sales revenue with a set of Black musicians and other artists of color in the United States in recognition of their role in popularizing the company’s products.


“This is not charity,” Emmy Parker, the company’s chief brand officer, said in an interview. “Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is also good for our business.”


To read more click here or on the picture.

Facebook Fundraiser: August 1-9, 2020


As summer starts to wind down and with school starting soon, it’s time to let you know about Texas Music Partners’ Summer Facebook Fundraiser taking place on August 1-9, 2020.

This year we are trying to raise money to purchase necessary supplies to help us move forward with our projects of combining creativity, music and STEM education, better known as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) to help central Texas students learn to think outside the box and find a creative passion.  We are also raising money to purchase supplies for our teachers to go into the schools to teach our courses once it is safe to go back.

We are asking if you would be willing to help with our Facebook fundraising drive starting Saturday, August 1st.  You can do this by either donating a modest amount on TMP’s Facebook page or hosting a Facebook fundraiser of your own benefiting Texas Music Partners.


To find out more about our Facebook Fundraiser and how you can help click here or on the picture.


Thank you for your time and we hope that you will consider participating.


The Importance of Studying Arts




Previously, people believed that education in science, technology, and mathematics was the only way to achieve success. Everyone wanted their children to become engineers and doctors. While that is all well and good, we are living in the 21st century, and things are no longer the same.


Students have the autonomy to pursue degrees in arts, humanities, social sciences, or history. These career paths also present worthwhile opportunities and hold great importance in society.


In today’s world, there is a growing need for well-rounded knowledge fields rather than limiting it to science and technology only.


Studying arts is all about creative thinking, broadening mindsets, and feeding the soul. Unlike technical skills that can be acquired, soft skills are developed over time.


Unsurprisingly, employers and organizations are increasingly looking for individuals with adequate soft skills, which are highly valued in the labor market today.


Thus, engaging with arts is essential to the human experience, allowing people to communicate through artistic expressions.


To read more click here or on the picture.






-Nurturing creativity will help build a strong future workforce-

In the same way that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is fast becoming part of our everyday language, STEAM, which is the integration of STEM and Art, is also rapidly expanding, bringing new opportunities for learners to express their creativity while also learning technical skills. Like STEM education, STEAM education approaches a problem from multiple perspectives with the goal of finding the best solution.


There are many possible STEM and art connections to explore: music can be used to teach math, dance can be used to teach the physics of motion, and painting can be used to teach chemistry. By infusing elements of art and design into STEM, STEAM fosters creativity and innovation, which are the building blocks for entrepreneurship and help fuel new business growth.


STEAM education has been shown to generate interest in learning among students who may not initially be drawn to math and science. In my own work as an educator, it is not unusual to hear a young person say, “I am not a math person,” even though math is all around them and is fundamental to the technology they use every day. STEAM is important because it can engage and motivate students to learn by presenting information in a fun way.


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Google’s New Smart Textile Tech Lets You Control Music by Pinching a Cord





Google has been actively exploring ways to expand virtual interactions beyond touchscreens and voice assistants. After pioneering touch-sensitive denim jackets and hands-free radar phone controls, Google’s research division is now experimenting with weaving technology into fabrics.


Called “E-Textiles,” the concept takes advantage of textile braiding techniques to enable cords to sense gestures. This could potentially allow people to, for instance, control their music by pinching the wire of their headphones or skipping the track by twisting their hoodie’s strings. Google says the research, for now, exclusively focuses on “drawstrings in garments and as wired connections for data and power across consumer devices,” since they’re commonly used.


Instead of using three or more material strands to form a braid, Google’s project involves interweaving a series of electrically conductive textile yarns. When the user performs an action like pinching a wire, these yarns transmit signals that tell the connected device to perform the assigned task. In addition, this design is interlaced with fiber optic strands that can display color and offer visual feedback whenever someone interacts with the cord.


To read more and watch the video demonstration click here or on the picture.


Super Hi-Fi Is Reshaping The Sound Of Streaming With AI




On many digital music services, transitions between songs can vacillate between two unpleasant extremes: ear-splitting ads, and seconds of sterile silence. Some of the world’s best-known media and entertainment brands are calling on Super Hi-Fi, a Los Angeles-based artificial intelligence company, to solve this problem.


Super Hi-Fi’s highly specialized AI technology creates smooth transitions and crossfades between songs. It also can stitch ads, news updates and other audio content into music as it plays. The overall effect can make digital music services sound a lot more like live radio stations.


“Broadcast radio seems like a dinosaur, but it actually has many desirable features for streaming services,” said Zack Zalon, co-founder and CEO of Super Hi-Fi. “There is no technology to bridge those silos, so that’s what we set out to build: an AI with the same depth and dexterity as a human DJ.”


To read more click here or on the picture.