Follow Your Dreams

By: Adrian + Julian Woodrow

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Right now 1.3 million elementary school students don't have access to music classes.  Being that music has extraordinary benefits for kids, this is an issue that impacts us as a nation. There's a ton of research describing the positive outcomes from music education. It improves critical thinking (see study), it spurs emotional and behavioral growth (see study), it gives at-risk students bettter workforce opportunity and civic engagement (see NEA study).  Moreover, schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate (versus 72.9%) and 93.9% attendance rate (versus 84.9%) as compared to schools without music education (see study). Despite these facts, music education is often treated as a luxury, something that we can "cut-out" of our schools.

We are refusing to turn our backs on music education and we know that most teachers (77%) and parents (64%) want music education in their schools too (see study). So we have to ask: why has America seemingly given up on music programs?

   

After seeing how underfunded and forgotten local music programs tend to be, we decided the best way to raise awareness for the importance of music education was to give free concerts to school children. Over 40 weeks and across 10,000 miles we will perform 275 concerts for over 100,000 students! During our performances we will sing harmonies and play an array of musical instruments including the ukulele, guitar and piano.

While our evening benefit concerts will raise money for music education by splitting the proceeds with our partnering school, we also offer an artist-in-residence programs centered around teaching one or more of the following disciplines:

  • - songwriting basics
  • - loopy training
  • - instrumentation
  • - a capella singing and chorus techniques
  • - music video creation

The general public can help support this project the following ways:

PRIORITY #1: book us for a free or benefit concert

We sing popular cover songs and our own originals.  Schools can book us for free 40-minute daytime assembly concerts as a motivating way for students to learn about music from their peers.  


PRIORITY #2: book us for a capella singing class

Acapella singing was once considered the key to a long life, let us teach your students how to use their voices to sing in harmony.


PRIORITY #3: book us for a music video creation workshop

Music accomplishments are a source of pride for your community and school.  We can teach your students the art of music video creation and the importance of contrasting between the visual and lyrical


PRIORITY #4: book us for a "Loopy" workshop

Learn how to compose music using the Loopy app that allows students to layer vocals and instrumental tracks.  Take 2 will teach students how to sing harmony, how to beat box and recreate popular songs


PRIORITY #5: book us for a fireside chat

Check out our worksheets to see some of the starter questions we provide.


PRIORITY #6: get music education in your school

The NAMM Foundation has offered 10 recommendations for parents, educators, policymakers and music education advocates.


Team Members

  • Aidrian + Julian

    Founders

    Identical mirror twins Adrian and Julian Woodrow are a singer/songwriter duo, also known as Take 2. They've earned 2.5 million hits and 15,000 followers on YouTube and have appeared on multiple mainstream TV shows and commercials. In X-Factor Season 1, they performed in front of 4,000 people and made it to bootcamp, competing with 100,000 other acts to make the top 100. During The Voice auditions they made it to the top 200 out of 50,000 acts and were the youngest performers in season 2. After seeing how underfunded and forgotten the local music programs were, they decided to start performing at schools to inspire other students to enjoy and create music. And they've accomplished just that, inspiring some students to even write their own songs. At home they work on writing original singles and shooting a constant stream of new videos.

Impact

Great Day Washington News

Jan. 4, 2016

Deeply appreciating the press pick-up about our tour, how we're raising money for music education, and giving us the opportunity to share our new song! Watch our interview!

http://www.wusa9.com/videos/entertainment/television/programs/great-day-washington/2016/01/04/take-2s-new-song/78257184/

FRONT PAGE NEWS!

Sept. 10, 2015

meet us on the road!

Sept. 8, 2015

TOUR BEGINS SEPTEMBER 8, 2015!

Cities we're booking now:
Rutland, VT
Albany / Schenectady, NY
Bennington, VT
Brattleboro, VT
Milford, Cooperstown, Oneonta, NY
Bethlehem, PA
Dover, DE
Slower, DE
Manassas, VA
Norfolk, VA
Virginia Beach, VA
Nags Head, NC
Berkeley Springs WV
Martinsburg WV
Winchester VA
Hagerstown MD
Murray, KY
Dickson, TN
Nashville, TN
Northport, FL
Tampa, FL
Orlando, FL
Austin, TX
Malibu, CA
Hollywood, CA
Los Angeles, CA

On The Bright Side

Sept. 3, 2015

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer, The Daily Star

A musical group with roots in this area will be pursuing its dream while touring a number of local schools later this month, its members and manager said Thursday.

Adrian and Julian Woodrow, who make up the group Take 2, are 18-year-old identical twin boys who are singer/songwriters from Manchester Vt. They lived in Milford when they were toddlers, and regularly visit grandparents and cousins who live in the area, the pair said.

“It’s going to be awesome,” said Julian, adding that they are calling it the “Dream Big” tour.

“We are trying to push kids to follow their dreams,” he said, and if that dream is music, he hopes Take 2's example will give them a push.

The brothers recently graduated from high school and are taking at least a year off to a pursue their musical dream, they said. The two taught themselves guitar, ukulele and piano earlier in their teens and label their music as pop-folk.

“We have a lot of musical influences,” Adrian said. They have listened to “a ton” of folk and bluegrass, he said. Julian cited Nickleback and its members as key influences.

They have been performing since they were 14 and were contestants on the X Factor in 2011 and the Voice in 2012.

Their tour of the region that will take place Sept. 14-25 includes school concerts at Cooperstown, Edmeston, Franklin, Laurens, Milford, Oneonta and Richfield Springs. They will also be performing community concerts at Cooperstown, Milford and Oneonta schools.

The tour starts in Vermont after Labor Day and will continue to venues south after concerts in this area. Their mother and manager, Heather Chirtea, said their music includes covers as well as original material from their first album, “End of the Night.”

Their shows get people up on their feet and include behind the scenes stories about what it is like to go through the vocal competition shows, according to a media release They will share how they got started singing and songwriting and explain how they generated more than 2.5 million hits on YouTube “chasing their dream.”

The community is invited to the following concerts where doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the concerts start at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $6 and free posters are available for all who attend.

  • • Cooperstown: Sept. 17 at the high school auditorium.
  • • Milford: Sept. 19 at the school auditorium.
  • • Oneonta: Sept. 25 at the high school auditorium.

WCAX news story

May 30, 2015

We are so honored that WCAX network news ran a story on our social impact!

news clippings

Dec. 12, 2014

launched our first album

Nov. 14, 2014

We launched our first album on November 14, 2014.  You can get your autographed copy directly from our online store. Click on the image below to hear our original song, entitled "The Man"

national TV commercial

June 14, 2014

We were booked for an ad entitled First Moon Party, which generated 24 Million hits in a week!

our humble beginnings

Dec. 12, 2012

We started singing in the 3rd grade cafeteria and after a few months, people started asking us to sing everywhere. We set up a hat at the gates of the local craft fair and made $167 in an hour.  That experience gave us a taste for making money from singing, and after that, we only wanted to do one thing in life…to be "instrumental" in the lives of others.

We began posting videos on YouTube at 14 and our first video went viral almost immediately, earning the 10,000th hit just a few weeks after being posted. This sparked even more recording, and video shoots. We've generated over 2.4 million hits, posted 66 videos and have over 14,000 followers. We were asked to be part of the “Pray” collaboration video featuring Justin Bieber’s background singers. 


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