I used to have a Calculator watch, I got it for Christmas one year in elementary school (I swear NOT to cheat on math tests, although it probably would’ve helped because I’m horrible at math). I felt like sleuth Dick Tracy. No matter how you calculate it, those watches were cool and at 32 years old I’d still rather have one over a smartwatch… but now I see Casio in a whole different “back lit” light than I used to! Before I ever picked up a musical instrument that digital wrist computer was all I knew of the company that has NOW so generously outfitted Notes for Notes current (and upcoming studios) with incredible digital pianos and synthesizers. I’m sure there are teams of white coat scientists developing (and sporting calculator watches) Casio’s insanely beautiful sounding instruments but I’m fortunate enough to know the wonderful people behind this company that believe with a passion the importance of creating more musicians in and for this world.
A little trip in the way back machine…As a youth I wanted to compose film scores but without the ability to read music I was left behind in traditional music education. If all I knew I needed was a digital piano or synthesizer like the PX-5S and XW-G1 to explore creating all sort of synthesized sound by ear I might have been on a whole different path. Alas, while that was not the trajectory of my musical path it does explain a bit about the “why” of Notes for Notes. The power of a synthesizer holds a place in my heart because hopefully the youth we (and Casio) serve with this gear just may find something that unlocks their passion to explore music further. The sounds these instruments create will be that of dreams (literally and figuratively- what is the sound of a dream, hmmmm?) A young person can step up to these instruments and just explore a universe of sounds. Just as an astronomer has a telescope, our musicians have a synthesizer. Let the sonic adventure begin!
Now, it was the summer of ’12 in Nashville, TN: Summer NAMM! I was lucky enough to connect with some wonderful people from Casio’s Musical Instrument division who were our first advocates helping get CTK7000s into every one of our studios at the time. Fast forward to 2015, Notes for Notes biggest year of growth to date with 8 studios slated to open around the country all boasting the latest and loudest Casio digital pianos and synthesizers. On track, we’ve opened the first 5 in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Ventura, Atlanta, and Detroit with Austin, Cleveland, and San Diego on the way. It is with great pleasure that every Notes for Notes Studio is equipped with a Casio offering youth, who may not even know they are musicians yet, the opportunity to explore sonic universes for the very first time.
In the sweltering Atlanta heat on July 18, 2015, Notes for Notes had the coolest place in town: The new Notes for Notes Studio at the Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club! On this day we were honored to welcome award winning country artist Hunter Hayes to open the studio with the rocking of the first song. Now that the studio was open it was #TimeToRock and thanks to Casio we had the instruments AND the time. We were honored to present Vice-President of Casio’s Music Instrument Division, Stephen Schmidt with a Diamond Record for their continued support and in turn he presented some of the next generation of musicians (and Dick Tracy’s) with some calculator watches.
In August, we triumphantly opened (after nearly 3 years in development) our first Detroit Studio in a wonderful partnership with Mitch Albom and his S.A.Y Detroit Play Center. Christening the studio, in addition to a community of wonderful supporters locally and nationally, was country artist (and Michigan native) Frankie Ballard who shared his energy, stories, and music with the next generation of hit makers. The new Detroit studio boasts some incredible and unique resources unlike any other Notes for Notes Studio such as the Kid Rock Wall and Mojo in the Morning Broadcast Station BUT it of course has all the staples including guitars, drums, DJ gear, full studio… and Casio keyboards. Check out the virtual tour of this new space!
At Notes for Notes Studios in San Francisco might be the next Ron “Pigpen” Mckernan; in Brooklyn the next Billy Joel; in Ventura the next Sara Bareilles; in Atlanta the next Jermaine Dupri; in Detroit the next Steve Wonder; but one thing is for sure there would not be a musical future for any of our members without the generous support and passion for sound of Casio!