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AtPlayMusic has brought together some of the greatest minds in music education to create a music learning app for the iPad. From world-renowned music educators and musicologists to an award winning animation team, the company represents the future in music education. AtPlayMusic has a series of music education apps that teach young minds how to play musical instruments, while enjoying educational music games

By combining kid friendly movie quality animation with modern gaming software, the learning experience has been transformed from the mundane to marvelous. These tools are high-tech, fun, portable, and an inexpensive way to learn how to play, anytime the user chooses.

The AtPlayMusic iPad music learning app teaches the fundamentals of music by not only showing beginners how to play an instrument, but how to play it correctly. With it’s unique interface and one of a kind teaching tools learning is fun and addictive.

Advisory Team

Dr. Layton James

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Known to all as “Skip,” Layton James has been principal keyboard artist
 with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1969.

James is also a
 conductor and composer internationally known for his cadenzas for 
Baroque and Classical concertos. In April 2002, the SPCO premiered
 James’ adaptation of J.S. Bach’s B-Minor Partita for full string
orchestra, a piece originally composed for solo violin. He has also
 scored organ music and choral selections for the SPCO holiday concerts.

James’ commission by the Friends of the SPCO, a cantata for All Saints’
 Day in honor of Pat Whitacre was performed in October of 2007. J…View Full Profile

Bob Adney

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Bob Adney, Music Educator/Percussionist, has been a part of the Twin Cities music community for over 35 years. In that time he has played with virtually every musical organization in the area including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Dale Warland Singers and the World Voices Choir. Bob is assistant principal timpanist with the South Dakota Symphony and during the summers he is the timpanist for the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra at Lake Harriet, Minneapolis. Bob currently teaches at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis….View Full Profile

Dr. John Benham

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With over 30 years as a music educator and six years on a school board, Dr. John Benham’s personal knowledge and experience has provided a unique understanding to help teachers and parents go before a school board and administration with language they understand. His methods are responsible for saving over $72 million in budgetary cuts to music programs, leading to the restoration of over 2,000 teaching positions and the continuation of music programs for over 500,000 students. In addition to his work as consultant with NABIM (The Band and Instrument Manufacturers Association), he is author of Music Advocacy: Moving from Survival to Visio…View Full Profile

Kenneth Freed

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Kenneth Freed was born and raised in New York. He attended the Henry Street 
Settlement Music School in Lower Manhattan before attending the Juilliard 
School’s Pre College Division where he studied violin with Louise Behrend. He
 was chosen to play in Alexander Schneider’s Christmas Seminar Orchestra in
1979 and 1981. In 1979, he attended Yale College where he majored in 
Literature, writing his senior thesis on James Joyce’s use of Old Testament 
theology in his epic Ulysses.

As an undergrad, he was the winner of the William
 Waithe Concerto Competition, and he was leader of the Berkeley College 
Chamber Players. Up…View Full Profile

Clea Galhano

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Brazilian recorder player Clea Galhano is an International renowned
 performer of early, contemporary and Brazilian music. Galhano has
performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as a 
chamber musician, collaborating with recorder player Marion Verbruggen,
 Jacques Ogg, Belladonna, Lanzelotte/Galhano Duo, Galhano/Montgomery
Duo, Kingsbery Ensemble, and Blue Baroque Band. As a featured soloist,
G alhano has worked with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by
Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan and Emmanuelle Haim, New
 World Symphony, Musical Offering and Lyra Baroque Orchestra.

Among other impor…View Full Profile

Helen Chang Haertzen

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Helen Chang Haertzen joined the Minnesota Orchestra’s first violin section in the fall of 2003. In 2006 she appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Orchestra under Andrew Litton’s direction, and she has played chamber works of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel and Mozart at Orchestra chamber concerts.

Formerly associate and principal second violin of the Bamberg Symphony in Germany, Haertzen has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and played with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She also served on the faculty of Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, teaching orchestral training and chamber music to internation…View Full Profile

Richard Marshall

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Richard Marshall joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1984.

He earned a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University as a member of 
the Vermilion Quartet. Trained first as a violinist, he studied with Itzhak Perlman, 
Dorothy DeLay and Donald Weilerstein. He attended the Banff Centre of Fine 
Arts, the Aspen Center of Advanced Quartet Studies and the Aspen Music 
Festival.

He has coached with members of the Vermeer, Cleveland, Emerson,
 American and Hungarian quartets, and was featured in a Canadian Film Board
 documentary on the Banff Centre. Marshall was a semifinalist at the 1982 
Portsmouth International String Qu…View Full Profile

Jack McNally

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Jack McNally is founder and Chairman of the Board of McNally Smith College of Music.

Jack’s vision to start a music school began in 1985 while teaching at the MacPhail Center for the Arts, then a part of the University of Minnesota. Jack is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of MSCM while continuing to be active as a guitarist and singer/songwriter.

Jack also sits on the Board of LTM, Learning Through Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to using music to change the way we teach in the public schools and the Advisory Board of…View Full Profile

Doug Schmitt

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Doug Schmitt is VP of Music Education at Schmitt Music (Minneapolis, Minnesota), a retail music and music instrument source to the upper Midwest for four generations, since 1896. Doug received a BA in English in 1983 from St. Olaf College and is a founding board member of the MSCM Foundation. His other associations include: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Board, Learning through Music Board of Directors, The Evergreen Club, Thursday Musical Advisory Board, Minnesota Band Directors Association, National Association of Music Merchants, Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club, Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Lake….View Full Profile

Doug Smith

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Doug Smith is founder and Chief Artistic Officer of McNally Smith College of Music.

Doug is a classical guitarist, lutist, composer, and author of the The Smith Methoda complete approach to guitar study based on the original work and educational research done over 35 years. Recordings and music downloads of Doug’s compositions are available at Munificent.com.

A graduate of Winona State University, Doug served as National Education Chair of t…View Full Profile