NAMM Announces Schedule for 2011 HOT Zone

(ShackMan | Posted 2010-12-09)

NAMM Announces Schedule for 2011 HOT Zone

For those of you who still don't know, NAMM is THE trade association for the international music products industry. Shows cover every range of product imaginable, but NAMM also puts on an educational section called the HOT (Hands-on Training) Zone. They've just announced the schedule for the January, 2011 even, and it covers everything from classes in recording, live sound, DJ, house of worship, commercial systems integrators, to stage and lighting industries, one of the biggest line-ups in the history of the show.

The H.O.T. Zone will offer attendees free one-hour classes on more than 75 educational topics over four days, including topics such as "Introduction to Live Mixing," "New Techniques for DJs," "Lead Worshipers Arise," "The Future of Music," "Pro Tools 101," "Entrepreneurship with Chris Stone," and "Social Media Marketing for DJs." 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 entry-level courses designed to provide foundation-level instruction in music technology and business.

The institutions involved look like a laundry list of some of the hottest music schools today. Classes will be offered by instructors from:

  • USC Thornton School of Music
  • Musician's Institute
  • Expression College for Digital Arts
  • Berklee College of Music
  • SAE Institute

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.

Those who would like to participate in the H.O.T. Zone educational offerings must be NAMM Members. To obtain a NAMM membership, please visit NAMM's membership page at to complete an application. If you do not meet the membership qualifications, please RSVP to NAMM is a non-profit organization, so be sure to reserve a badge FOR FREE before the Dec. 15, 2010 deadline. After this date the badges are $25 each and must be picked up at one of the many Will Call stations on show site.

To view the schedule online, please click here:

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 playwright Frank Gagliano's Voodoo Trilogy and Bodoni County Songbook, as well as a full-length album with his latest project, Shutterdown.

Got questions? Comments? Just want to rant about how awesome the NAMM show is going to be or lament about how you can't go (GO ANYWAY!)? James can be reached as ShackMan in the Music Gear Review forums, or you may e-mail him at

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