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Top 10 stories of the week: Make music lessons accessible for all, The sway of free shipping, Yamaha's iTunes-scanning piano

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: Make music lessons accessible for all, The sway of free shipping, Yamaha's iTunes-scanning piano

The biggest story this week on MI Pro was our look at why every child should be given the opportunity to learn an instrument, the costs parents face, and why music lessons in UK schools are currently under threat.

Our report also looked at the latest survey from the Royal Albert Hall, which sheds some light on how inaccessible learning an instrument can be for some children, and why a majority of parents think access to musical instruments enhances their children’s education.

Have a look at all the biggest stories below:

1. OPINION: It is time to make music lessons accessible for every child
There aren't many people who would argue against the idea that education is important for not only developing a child’s brain academically, but also helping them understand social situations, express themselves and much, much more.
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2. Retailers are underestimating the sway free shipping has on UK shoppers
According to a new report from Temando, there is a misalignment between cost-sensitive online shoppers and UK retailers.

3. Yamaha launches world's first piano that can scan any iTunes track and teach you how to play it
Yamaha has introduced the world’s first instruments that can scan audio songs in the user’s iTunes library and analyse the chord structure to produce a music score that appears directly on the piano.

4. Kitty Lux: Co-founder of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain dies aged 59
The co-founder of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB), Kitty Lux, has sadly passed away at the age of 59.

5. REVIEW: MOD Duo multi-effects pedal
It’s no doubt that MOD Devices’ MOD Duo stompbox is paving the way for a new generation of effects-based pedals, combining the dynamism of what other digital manufacturers began, but with a host more to offer by compacting all the punch into one pedal that enables full connectivity to your computer for recording or stage.

6. Casio unveils new Privia and Celviano home piano models
Casio Music has unveiled three new designs within its popular home piano ranges; Privia and Celviano.

7. Crowdfunding Corner: Spolum Drum, Groove Engine, mPIANO, Poets One preamp
MI Pro checks out the latest musical instrument projects looking for backers, or recently funded, on popular crowdsourcing sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

8. Which UK music festival is the best value for money?
While music festivals are a fantastic way to see some of your favourite bands, discover new ones, and share some amazing moments with friends, they can also be pretty damn pricey.

9. Best new jobs in the music industry: Shure Distribution, Native Instruments, Gear4music
Looking for a new job in the music industry? Check out the latest vacancies on the MI Pro jobs board.

10. July's ecommerce trends: Amazon Prime Day wasn't the most popular time for online shopping
Continuing our monthly report from PCA Predict on the habits of online shoppers, July’s statistics have revealed how much Amazon’s Prime Day actually affected consumer spending.

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