NAMM Offers Hands On Training at 2011 Show

(ShackMan | Posted 2010-11-04)

NAMM Offers Hands On Training at 2011 Show

If you're serious about the music field, whether you're a large store owner, musician, reporter, luthier, or any other of the myriad careers that have spawned over the centuries, you've got a mark on your calendar from the 13th to the 16th of January, 2011. And that's Winter NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants Convention. And this year's H.O.T. (Hands-on Training) Zone plans are fresh off the press with teachers from Musician's Institute, Berklee College of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, and Expression College for the Digital Arts, offering classes in a plethora of music technology and business topics to NAMM members.

The classes, more specifically, are aimed at those in the recording, live sound, DJ, house of worship, and stage and lighting industries as well as any related fields. The H.O.T. Zone will offer attendees free one-hour classes on more than 85 educational topics over four days, including “Basic Live Mixing Techniques,” “PROTools 101,” “Social Marketing for Your Music Business” and “DJ Equipment Integration.” On Jan. 13, 2011, the opening day of the NAMM Show, the H.O.T. Zone will be offering “Boot Camp Day” with an array of basic courses designed to provide foundation-level instruction in music technology and business.

The H.O.T. Zone will be located on Level 2 of the Anaheim Convention Center and is being held for the duration of the NAMM Show Jan. 13 to Jan. 16. The forum is aimed at examining today’s challenges and sharing essential information, and designed to create custom solutions for attendees.

(Visit for information on becoming a member and an application. Remember to reserve your badge by December 15th, 2010 or there will be a $25 fee and you will have to pick it up at Will Call on-site. If you don't meet the requirements to become a member, you are asked to please e-mail for further instructions.

James Rushin is a bassist, keyboardist, writer, and composer living and working in the Greater Pittsburgh area. He has performed with Selmer artist Tim Price, Curtis Johnson, guitarists Ken Karsh and Joe Negri. His compositions have been featured at West Virginia University and Valley Forge Christian College. He will be spending the Fall and Winter months working on a full-length album with his latest project, Shutterdown.

Feel free to e-mail James with comments, questions, concerns, at

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