MUSIC YOUR LIFE

music your life

Basically, when addressing existing or future target groups, the topic of ‘making music’ revolves around being ‘daring’ and ‘motivated’ enough to use an instrument - regardless of the people’s skills and talents.

Music is of great importance in our society. Active music-making is particularly important for helping us unwind from daily pressures, experience emotion and promote personal creativity. It is common knowledge what music can do for the human body, mind and soul. Music-making is accompanied by a host of positive characteristics.

Scientific research proves that active music-making promotes creativity and general intellectual development. Making music facilitates disciplined work and strengthens the development of personality. Music is and will remain a fundamental form of expression and a skill across all cultures and times, and alongside language, writing and the visual arts is one of the most important forms of communication.

As a leading organisation of the musical instrument and music equipment industry, SOMM considers (early-childhood) education a focus of its interests and also sees ‘active music-making’ as a component for education per se. Making music demonstrably shapes social behaviour, promotes intelligence and is also a means of integration: music knows no boundaries or nationality.

For precisely this reason, the Society of Music Merchants interprets the slogan ‘Music Your Life ®’ to mean more than the mere playing of instruments. Get up, get started, be brave and get playing! - Because music brings you (back) to life.

Campaign Musikmesse 2014 "Spaß@Musikmesse"

The SOMM would like to invite its Facebook friends and followers to have a say on the theme of a current advert campaign for various print media. The decisive factor will be the most “Likes” for one theme. We are raffling two tickets for the Musikmesse on Saturday, March 15, 2014 among the participants, including the trip to and from Frankfurt with the Bahn (2nd class).

The contest is in no way connected to Facebook, and is in no way sponsored, supported or organized by Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints related to the contest should be directed to the SOMM (somm(at)somm.eu).

Participation in the contest is only possible under the participation conditions specified here. By taking part in the contest, the participant expressly accepts these conditions.

The SOMM e. V. reserves itself the right of ending or interrupting the contest at any time.

Musicians profiles

Sanja, 13 years old, student // (c) SOMM / Markus Nass

Which instrument(s) do you play?
I play cello and trumpet.

When and how did you learn to play?
I began playing the cello in 2nd grade of elementary school. As to the trumpet, I started in the 5th grade of academic high school.

Why did you start playing an instrument back then?
As my parents were, and are, great music enthusiasts, and I went to an elementary school with emphasis in music, I started playing the cello.

Why do you play this instrument in special?
I like the low-pitched and soothing sounds of the cello. Then I wanted to try something new, and the trumpet made me really curious.

Why do you make music, and what does making music mean to you?
It is fun to see what progress one makes. Through both instruments I can play jazz and classic. Making music means a lot to me because I can put my feelings into the music pieces. Sometimes I get into a kind of trance and simply play and listen to myself.

Sophie, 13 years old, student // (c) SOMM / Markus Nass

Which instrument(s) do you play?
I play saxophone and the violin.

When and how did you learn to play?
I started learning the violin in 2nd grade of elementary school, at string class lessons, and the saxophone in 5th grade of academic high school and in the Jazz cooperative.

Why did you start playing an instrument back then?
I went to an elementary school with emphasis in music, instruments are offered there.

Why do you play this instrument in special?
I found both the violin and the saxophone the most interesting instruments.

Why do you make music, and what does making music mean to you?
While making music, you can incorporate your feelings really well. Besides, there are really beautiful pieces that you may even be able to play by yourself someday.

Ingsen, 51 years old, Software Support Engineer // (c) SOMM / Markus Nass

Which instrument(s) do you play?
Guitar/bass guitar and harmonica.

When and how did you learn to play?
The guitar: as a teenager, self-taught. I later had some lessons in classic guitar during university, and even later I had regular classes with good guitar players and a friend. Mouth organ: in early childhood, a gift from grandma, along with self-taught breaking-in and strengthening of my own abilities.

Why did you start playing an instrument back then?
As a child, I was always interested in music and had many instruments suitable for kids: self-built flute, triola, accordion. On the other hand, music classes were demotivating because of the obligation of learning texts and so on.

Why do you play this instrument in special?
Playing the guitar satisfied the teenage dream of free musical development with an instrument.

Why do you make music, and what does making music mean to you?
Making music is fun and stimulates the intuitive development of ideas. Besides, it is a nice feeling to make music and perform together with others.

Peter, 38 years old, Music PR// (c) SOMM / Markus Nass

Which instrument(s) do you play?
The drums.

When and how did you learn to play?
I started with 13/14 years of age; first one year in a marching band, to show my parents that I really meant it, and then 1.5 years of classes for the basics. Starting at 16 I played in own bands, and taught myself everything else. Playing in bands is the best school, because it stimulates your own creativity and you slowly find your own playing.

Why did you start playing an instrument back then?
Since I was little I drummed around on cardboard boxes, pots, etc... When friends also started learning instruments, I decided to have a go with the drums, as rhythms have always impressed me.

Why do you play this instrument in special?
I think it was just in my blood, as I had always drummed along to anything that could be heard around me. Be it with knife and fork on the kitchen table following radio music, or bobbing with hands and feet, or drumming to the rhythm of the car’s turn signal. And I love the possibilities of improvising, and to be honest, also that you could learn to play the drums right from the start, without elaborate harmony instructions.

Why do you make music, and what does making music mean to you?
Making music and playing the drums is like balm for the soul. It means physical exercise, but at the same time you can unwind really well and devote yourself only to the music and the other musicians. It is creative, and can be extremely eventful, for example when you play gigs, record discs in the studio, etc... And you meet many interesting people on your way. It is an all-around nice thing that I can only recommend, no matter at what age. My latest band project: www.kju-music.de

Thomas, 36 years old, Editor // (c) SOMM / Markus Nass

Which instrument(s) do you play?
The piano, drums and turntable (DJ).

When and how did you learn to play?
The piano starting at 5 years of age, drums with 14, and turntable (DJ) with 17.

Why did you start playing an instrument back then?
Piano: because of the parents. Drums: because a drummer was needed in the school band. Turntable (DJ): because I noticed that I would never be as good with the drums and the piano as that what I enjoyed listening on disc.

Why do you play this instrument in special?
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Why do you make music, and what does making music mean to you?
Because music causes strings to vibrate in me that no one and nothing else can get at. Because music and sounds obey a logic that I understand without any effort, and internalize intuitively. Because making and listening to music is the most direct evidence for something like awareness, and hence an essential foundation for that what we call human civilization. Because there are few other things that appeal to people in such a collective way.

Malte, 33 years old, Bookseller // (c) SOMM / Markus Nass

Which instrument(s) do you play?
The piano.

When and how did you learn to play?
I had piano lessons from 8 to 18 years of age. After a ten-year break, I started playing the piano again six years ago, to be able to play along in a band.

Why did you start playing an instrument back then?
Our piano at home fascinated me.

Why do you play this instrument in special?
Keyboard instruments offer so many possibilities soundwise, which I enjoy using especially within the band.

Why do you make music, and what does making music mean to you?
I find it fun to be able to play music just as I enjoy listening to it, and I especially like the possibility of expressing myself through it. For me, making music is the door towards outside everyday life.

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