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Published on September 10th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Guitar Center’s Donny Gruendler On His Work With The National Association For Music Education

Guitar Center is the largest company of its — a music retailer chain — in the United States with nearly 300 locations. Recently Guitar Center released an authoritative survey that compares the behavioral effects of replacing 1 hour of screen time a day with 1 hour of dedicated music lessons in children ages 7 to 17. The new research study explores how mastering scales in music lessons can lead to mastering skills in life. For children, there are a number of positive effects for students participating in supplemental music lessons including self-imposed limitation of screen time, increased problem-solving skills, better time-management, and increased self-awareness and social skills.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Donny Gruendler — Vice President of Music Education for Guitar Center — by phone about that survey done with the National Association For Music Education and plenty more, including Gruendler’s success as a musician and composer; the Berklee Institute graduate’s credits include Rick Holmstrom, DJ Logic, The Funk Brothers, DJ A-Ski, Kenny Burrell, Art Bleek, and John Medeski. As part of his day-to-day operations, Gruendler (who instructed GRAMMY-nominated musician Anderson .Paak) engages with nearly 2,000 music educators nationwide and has expanded Guitar Center’s lessons program, multiple student offerings and achievement programs.

My full September 2019 interview with Donny Gruendler is streamable below, as embedded from YouTube, while more on Guitar Center’s recent survey can be found at

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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