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    Garritan, MakeMusic, Steinberg & Yamaha form Music Education Alliance

    GARRITAN, MAKEMUSIC, STEINBERG AND YAMAHA FORM MUSIC EDUCATION SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE

    -MESH Partnership Helps Music Teachers Harness the Power of Computer Music Technology -

    ANAHEIM, Calif. - Leaders in their respective fields, Garritan, MakeMusic, Steinberg and Yamaha have formed a partnership that will provide integrated solutions to the music education market in the United States.

    Announced at Winter NAMM 2008, the Music Education Software and Hardware (MESH) initiative brings together hardware, software, sound content and curriculum to provide compelling and complete turn-key solutions for today's music educators, who are often faced with an array of products that can be difficult to navigate and integrate. In addition to aggregating four major components of music education technology into a seamless bundle, the alliance will also provide training to teachers based in the U. S., enabling them to fully utilize the power of computer music technology solutions.

    Garritan is the undisputed leader in sound libraries for the educational market. Garritan Personal Orchestra is used in schools worldwide and a special set of Garritan instruments are integrated into MakeMusic's Finale® notation software.

    "MESH is truly greater than the sum of its parts," said Gary Garritan, President of Garritan. "We will not only provide recommended systems tailored to individual educators' needs, but also work in the future to advance integration between our software instruments, making it easier than ever before for teachers to take advantage of music technology."

    MakeMusic, Inc. is a world leader in software and systems for music educators and musicians. Their products include Finale®, the world's best-selling family of music notation software, and SmartMusic®, the acclaimed learning software for band, orchestra and choir.
    "MakeMusic is committed to transforming and enhancing the experience of making, teaching and learning music," said Ron Raup, co-Chief Executive Officer, MakeMusic. "As such, we believe the MESH Technology Alliance represents a perfect fit for both our products and our mission."
    Owned by Yamaha, Steinberg music production software has always placed strong emphasis on education within its Sequel, Cubase and Wavelab line of products. With the release of its new music curriculum (the Steinberg Classroom Resource Pack), Steinberg will help lead the way in using digital audio workstation technology to develop traditional musical skills.

    Yamaha, the world's largest musical instrument manufacturer, features a wide range of products targeted to the educational market. With the release of the KX Series MIDI controllers and the POCKETRAK portable recorder at Winter NAMM 2008, Yamaha provides all the essential hardware components to deliver MESH's complete end-to-end solutions for the educational market-from audio interface to keyboards to studio monitors.

    "Because Yamaha Corporation of America distributes both Yamaha and Steinberg products in the U.S., we can provide a large part of these music technology solutions," said Terry Lewis, Executive Vice President, Yamaha Corporation of America. "But when best-in-class companies like Garritan and MakeMusic join with us to form a team, the possibilities are astounding."
    For more information, visit Yamaha at Winter NAMM 2008 in the Anaheim Marriott, Marquis Ballroom; write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Music Production, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, California 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail infostation@yamaha.com; or visit www.yamaha.com.

    About Yamaha
    Yamaha Corporation of America is the largest subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of musical instruments and sound reinforcement products to the U.S. market. Products include: acoustic and digital pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio products, and innovative technology products targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, and installation markets.

    Marc Ferris/Giles Communications
    (914) 798-7121 (mferris@giles.com)

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    Re: Garritan, MakeMusic, Steinberg & Yamaha form Music Education Alliance

    Wow! You *have* been busy!

    More great news!

    Best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Garritan, MakeMusic, Steinberg & Yamaha form Music Education Alliance

    Congratulations again Gary, I agree, it certainly seems as if you have been busy.

    This partnership sounds interesting. Garritan with Make Music sounds good. Yamaha has increased its share of Cakewalk but I'm not sure how much this partnership will impact on Cakewalk's products if at all. As for Steinberg, their poor customer relations is well documented; just visit their forums. If they really want to be involved in education then the first thing they need is a change in attitude. I suppose this partnership has to be a good thing for everyone so it will be interesting to see what comes of it.
    Michael
    Patience is a virtue, sensitivity is a gift

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    Re: Garritan, MakeMusic, Steinberg & Yamaha form Music Education Alliance

    EGAD!! (No, not the string names of a confused bass or violin)

    WHAT'S NEXT??????????


    CONGRATS AGAIN...I seem to be saying that a lot these days...
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Re: Garritan, MakeMusic, Steinberg & Yamaha form Music Education Alliance

    I knew it!! The plan to be evil overlord of the universe has begun...

    Congratulations Gary. Steinberg have just announced an education package for the UK curriculum this week, and my first thought was that I wished the Garritan brand was involved. Your commitment and support to your free courses has been fanastic, so I think the American education system can expect something spectacular.

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    Congratulations!

    Education is the alpha and omega for so much in our society, so this is fantastic!!!
    All your strings belong to me!
    www.strings-on-demand.com

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    Re: Garritan, MakeMusic, Steinberg & Yamaha form Music Education Alliance

    Very cool Gary! Congratulations. I bet this took a lot of work to pull off.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_uk
    Yamaha has increased its share of Cakewalk but I'm not sure how much this partnership will impact on Cakewalk's products if at all.
    Michael,

    You've mixed up your mega-music companies a bit . Roland is the company which has increased its Cakewalk share. They've even changed the name to "Cakewalk by Roland." I'm not sure of the impact it will make.

    Reegs

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    Re: Garritan, MakeMusic, Steinberg & Yamaha form Music Education Alliance

    Quote Originally Posted by Reegs
    You've mixed up your mega-music companies a bit . Roland is the company which has increased its Cakewalk share. They've even changed the name to "Cakewalk by Roland." I'm not sure of the impact it will make.

    Reegs
    Ooooopppsss ... Thanks for spotting my deliberate mistake of the week Reegs

    I wonder if Yamaha read this
    Michael
    Patience is a virtue, sensitivity is a gift

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    Re: Garritan, MakeMusic, Steinberg & Yamaha form Music Education Alliance

    All...

    It appears that we are going through a period of consolidation in this industry. Ownership of products is becoming a bit more concentrated (in Econspeak, the "industrial concentration" is increasing) and companies are starting to partner with one another in search of operating/sales synergies.

    One upside of this is that things like support and R&D ought to improve, and some incompatibilities ought to disappear (or compatibility will generally increase)

    The partnership under discussion here looks like one in which there are only winners!
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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