Make Music Day

Welcome to Make Music Day 2021

On Monday, June 21, 2021 more than 800 cities worldwide will be participating in and celebrating Make Music Day. We are proud to be once again this year, supporting Make Music Day in the communities that we are in. Anyone and everyone is invited to participate in Make Music Day. All age groups, skill levels and styles of music are welcome!

There will be virtual and in-person scheduled events throughout the day on Monday, June 21, 2021.

Schedule of Events for Appleton

  • 12:00 pm in Houdini Plaza: Five IndUS musicians will perform live to celebrate Make Music Day
  • 12:00 pm at The History Museum at the Castle. Gongs will be rung around the world as part of the international event A Moment in Time commemorating lives lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 1:00 pm in the Mural Parking Lot at Heid Music Appleton. Piano instructor Bruce Koestner and students will perform a recital
  • 1:00 pm at The Grove at Lawrence University next to Taste of Thai. Bucket drumming workshop lead by Alex Quade featuring Ghanaian Rhythms
  • 2:00 pm in the Mural Parking Lot at Heid Music Appleton. Open Mic! Bring your instrument and yourself and showcase your talents!
  • 3:00 pm in the Mural Parking Lot at Heid Music Appleton. Blues masterclass with Jenna Kopitske
  • 3:00 pm outside of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center at Thrivent Employee Plaza. Hosted in partnership with Building for Kids, participants will be led by members of IndUS of the Fox Valley in creating bell anklets and learning their role in traditional Indian dance. And interactive movement workshop will follow featuring live music and instrument exploration.
  • 4:00 pm in the Mural Parking Lot at Heid Music Appleton. Local duo Natural Satellite will perform.
  • 5:00 pm in the Mural Parking Lot at Heid Music Appleton. Heid Music will be hosting an in-person uke jam! Come join the ukulele fun!
  • 8:00 pm visit where local band Feed the Dog will perform a live concert streamed from the Rock Garden Studio

Other ways to get involved in Make Music Day

  • All Day, participate in the Harmonica Lesson Marathon! Heid Music has free harmonicas that can be picked up through Monday, June 21 at all 5 Heid Music locations, courtesy of Honor! To claim your harmonia, fill out this form, then a Heid Music team member will contact you when it is ready for pick up, while supplies last. The Harmonica Lesson Marathon can be found here:
  • All day, participate in the Flight Ukulele Lesson Marathon! Flight Ukulele artists will be holding virtual workshops throughout the day, showcasing techniques such as Reggae, Slide, Blues, Fingerpicking and more! Tune into their virtual workshops to learn and grow with your uke! Plus, at Heid Music and, you can save 20% on select Kohala and Flight Ukes from June 21 - July 7 with promo code MakeMusic at checkout!  
  • 6:30 pm virually on Heid Music's Facebook and YouTube, participate in learning how to beatbox on a flute with Trevor James Flutes artist Dr. Keith Hanlon
  • To see more details regarding events hosted by the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, please visit:
  • Global Livestream: a day-long video stream on June 21, showing the rich diversity of Make Music Day events around the world. Visit:
  • Junkophonics: create instruments from found objects! Although you may think it's "junk", it may actually be an instrument. Learn how to build instruments from the performers and educators at Bash the Trash Environmental Arts. Visit:

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What is Make Music Day?
Make Music Day is an annual celebration that occurs each June 21, when people in more than 800 cities around the world make music together on the summer solstice. 
In 1982, Jack Lang and the staff of France's Ministry of Culture created a new kind of musical holiday they called Fete de la Musique, which means both "Festival of music" and "make music!". They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, storefronts, and mountaintops. Everyone was invited to join and play music, or to host performances, wherever they were. The Fete has turned into a national music-making holiday in France every June 21, on the summer solstice. According to surveys, almost 8% of the country — 5 million people — have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fete de la Musique.
Today, Make Music Day has become an international phenomenon, with millions of musicians of all styles, all ages, and all skill levels reimagining their cities as stages and using music to spread joy to their communities. And Make Music Day is spreading quickly in the United States. 
Why Join Make Music Day?
Make Music Day brings joy, inspires creativity, and transforms communities. It celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of ability. Make Music Day events turn sidewalks and streets into impromptu stages; lets amateur musicians share their passion and gain confidence, and gives established artists in all genres a chance to perform for new audiences. Special Make Music Day initiatives invite everyone to join-even if they've never picked up an instrument before in their lives.
And for those whose life's work is to create more music-makers, it's the perfect opportunity to spread the message of musical participation. Over the years, Make Music Day has earned hundreds of millions of media impressions, including coverage from NPR, RollingStone, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Associated Press.
Make Music with your community on June 21. 

Thank you to our Partners in Make Music Day 2021

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