Welcome to Chicago’s newest and most exciting Music Center for children! UpBeat Music provides children with a fun, interactive experience featuring quality music education in a safe and creative environment. UpBeat provides after-school music classes, activities, summer camp, and instruction with trustworthy supervision for children ages 7-17.
In addition to providing top-notch musical instruction, we believe the benefits of learning an instrument reach far beyond music. At UpBeat, it’s our goal to create an inspirational, supportive environment where students are challenged, excited, and feel part of the UpBeat community.
Fun Fact of the Week
40 billion songs are downloaded illegally every year, that’s some 90% of all music downloads.
The music industry generates about $4 billion in online music but lose about $40 billion to illegal downloads.
Top-selling albums used to reach sales of 20 million copies before the advent of online piracy – by 2009 it had dropped to about 5 million.
The number of recorded CDs and blank CDs sold were about equal.
Tap dancing originates from Irish clog dancing and what is called the Irish reel and jig.
The harmonica is the world’s best-selling music instrument.
It was at a concert in Minneapolis in 1954 that Al Dvorin first closed Elvis’s concerts with: “Ladies and Gentleman, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and good night.”
Elvis favorite collectibles were official badges. He collected police badges in almost every city he performed in.
Duran Duran took their name from a mad scientists in the movie Barbarella.
Bob Dylan’s first professional performance was as opening act for John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City in New York, 1961.
Before they were known as Journey, Steve Perry called his band Golden Gate Rhythm Section.
The world’s largest disco was held at the Buffalo Convention Centre, New York, 1979. 13,000 danced a place into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Beatles holds the top spot of album sales in the US (106 million), followed by Garth Brooks second (92 million), Led Zeppelin (83 million), Elvis Presley (77 million), and the Eagles (65 million). Worldwide The Beatles sold more than 1 billion records.
The British, the highest per capita spenders on music, buy 7,2% of the world music market.
The first pop video was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, released in 1975.
The Beatles song “Martha My Dear” was written by Paul McCartney about his sheepdog Martha.
A piano covers the full spectrum of all orchestra instruments, from below the lowest note of the double bassoon to above the top note of the piccolo.
The US share of the world music market is 31.3%.
The only guy without a beard in ZZTOP surname (last name) is Beard.
In May 1997, Paul McCartney broke his own world record by obtaining his 81st gold disc.
The top selling singles of all time are Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind ‘97″, at 33 million, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”, 30 million, and Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock”, 25 million.
DVD discs are the same diameter (120mm) and thickness (1.2mm) as a Compact Disc (CD) but a DVD can store 13 times or more data.