music education

Shure-ly They're Inspired! Shure Microphone Rep Visit

From left: Jeff Lusk (W.O. Smith volunteer), Ryan Smith, and J'uan

From left: Jeff Lusk (W.O. Smith volunteer), Ryan Smith, and J'uan

On Tuesday, February 21, Ryan Smith, Regional Manager of Artist Relations for Shure, stopped by to talk with our Audio Production Class. He spoke about everything from how he started his career with Shure and where it has taken him so far to how wireless microphones work and what is coming next! We were very grateful to have him here inspiring our class to dig deeper. Thank you to Ryan and to Shure for your continued support!

W.O. Smith Selected as Kelly Clarkson Concert Nonprofit Partner

W.O. Smith is excited to announce that it will be a beneficiary of multi-Grammy-winning artist and The New York Times best-selling author Kelly Clarkson's Miracle on Broadway holiday concert!

Clarkson with Voices Chorus

Clarkson with Voices Chorus

Clarkson recently visited W.O. Smith to meet with and speak to students about the power of studying music and how participating in choir as a child changed her life.  Clarkson and members of her band also sat in with members of W.O. Smith's house band, Grand Theft Audio, during their rehearsal.

For more information about the concert, please click here.

Guitarist Jonathan Butler visits Jazz Band

On October 12th, Grammy® Award-Nominated Recording Artist Jonathan Butler visited the Jazz Band during their rehearsal! He shared stories from his life and career as a musician, and spoke about improvisation with students.  Butler sat in with the band as they played, and then performed a solo rendition of "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." All students received an autographed copy of Butler's latest album, Free.

Kelvin and Jonathan

Kelvin and Jonathan

Jonathan and his team also presented W.O. Smith student Kelvin Encalada with a brand new guitar from D'Angelico Guitars.  In an effort to promote music education, Butler and D'Angelico Guitars have teamed up to provide custom-made guitars to musicians across the country.

Thank you Jonathan, D'Angelico Guitars, and TKO Artist Management for your support of our students!

http://www.jonathanbutler.com/official/jonathanbutler

http://dangelicoguitars.com/

http://www.tkoartistmanagement.com/

Thanks for visiting!

Thanks for visiting!

Bank of America Grant Award

This morning, W.O. Smith Music School was awarded a $15,000.00 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.  The grant will fund the school's new brand video and a short documentary about the school's founder and namesake, William Oscar Smith.  Thank you for your support, Bank of America!

Pictured from left: Jonah Rabinowitz, Lynn Adelman, Colby Robbins (Merrill Lynch), and Jordan Morrison

Pictured from left: Jonah Rabinowitz, Lynn Adelman, Colby Robbins (Merrill Lynch), and Jordan Morrison