Thursday, August 29, 2013

Win Great Prizes at ABC Music Live!


"This can be yours: An 8x10 color photo of two of the best point guards on the planet -- Golden State Warrior Steph Curry & LA Clipper Chris Paul -- going mano-a-mano. Hand signed by Steph Curry, certificate of authenticity included.

One of over 75 fantastic raffle items that will be given away at ABC Music Live!, an extravaganza of live music, delicious food, and cool people, taking place Saturday, September 21, from 1-9 PM at ABC Music in downtown Livermore.

Grand prize is a $499 Voyage-Air guitar.
Raffle tickets are 4 for $10 and can be purchased at

You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds benefit Music Pathways, a program that provides music education to at-risk & disadvantaged Livermore youth.

We hope to see you at ABC Music Live! If you can't join us, how about throwing down for some raffle tickets? You'll give yourself a chance to win, and you'll support a great cau

Friday, August 23, 2013

Derek Paravicini and Adam Ockelford: In the Key of Genius

Born three and a half months prematurely, Derek Paravicini is blind and has severe autism. But with perfect pitch, innate talent and a lot of practice, he became an acclaimed concert pianist by the age of 10. Here, his longtime piano teacher, Adam Ockelford, explains his student's unique relationship to music, while Paravicini shows how he has ripped up the "Chopsticks" rule book. (Filmed at TEDxWarwick.)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Master Class for Voice

Date: September 14th
Time: TBD

Cost: $15 to participate and $8 to observe

A master class is a concentrated public coaching for the singers who participate. Because each turn is much shorter than an actual lesson or coaching and because the master must explain everything to an audience that may know little about singing, they'll focus on only one or two very specific aspects of each performance. That way, everyone learns: the singer receives a valuable nugget of information that they can later apply to the rest of their repertoire, and the audience experiences how the master's advice improved their performance. You'll definitely benefit from singing at master classes! There's incredible leverage and support created by the situation. Not only are you face to face with a knowledgeable instructor, but there's a whole audience rooting for you to succeed. So if you can handle it, a master class creates conditions where breakthroughs are likely to happen, and when they do it's exciting for everyone - the singer, the audience, and of course the teacher.

Don’t miss a chance to see what it’s like to have the help of a vocal coach.

Performance opportunity in front of a group of peers.

Key ideas and ideals to work on for the future, and exposure to a wider range of vocal experience.

For more information, please call 925.443.1244 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fifth Annual Guitar Fest LIVE

Our Fifth Annual Guitar Fest LIVE ! is coming to eclectic downtown Livermore September 6-8, 2013, and includes an Acoustic Guitar and Singer-Songwriter Competition this year.
Competition judges include: Guitar Player Magazine's senior editor, Art Thompson, KFOG's Acoustic Sunrise host, Rosalie Howarth, and Studio D Recording's producer Joel Jaffe.
Grand prize includes: a Voyage-Air Acoustic Guitar, an interview with Rosalie and your song played on KFOG's Acoustic Sunrise, your article and music video posted on, recording session at Legendary Studio D Recording with award winning engineer/producer Joel Jaffe, and more!
For more details visit our website.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Health Benefits of Music

Want to do something good for yourself? Turn on some music! Research has shown that listening to music can improve your health by lowering your blood pressure, stimulating your brainwaves, and improving your concentration. Studies even reveal that listening to classical music before an SAT test may result in a higher score.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Music Heals Shooting Victim's Brain

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Anderson Cooper how a survivor of the Aurora theater shooting uses music to help recover.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Music Education Benefits

Most experts agree that children who study music at an early age not only excel academicallly, but see emotional benefits as well.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

ABC Music Presents: Music Pathways! (Special Sneak Peak!)

We've got a super special sneak peak here on our Music Pathways free of charge charity program!

They've been practicing with their instructors in private lessons and are starting to jam full together!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Robert Gupta: Music is Medicine, Music is Sanity

Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonic, talks about a violin lesson he once gave to a brilliant, schizophrenic musician -- and what he learned. Called back onstage later, Gupta plays his own transcription of the prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1.