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LumaSuite blog- SonoMusic interview

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I just had a very interesting conversation with Blai Navarro, accordion teacher at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMuC) in Barcelona and at the Conservatoire Professionnel de Música de Sabadell. A tireless searcher for ideas that facilitate the life of new accordionists. What does he want? More accordionists. And more motivated.

What is the problem with children accordionists?

(Determined) The biggest problem I see is the fear and resistance to playing the accordion. Not so much for the children, who visually and even acoustically love the instrument, but for the parents, who see a heavy instrument, sometimes with an old design and that sounds "different" to all the others, and when they find out that it is also expensive, they ignore it. It is true that a beginner's (7-8 year old) new accordion can easily cost about 2000€: an important handicap for families.

Then, you propose...

We have created the web platform AcoWorld, and together with other friends and several accordion teachers who collaborate in the project, we are struggling to improve all that surrounds the accordion. Our philosophy is based on personal attention to ensure that each person acquires the instrument they need, and we give all the facilities at our disposal to do so.

We also carry out a constant search for new, cheaper instruments for those who cannot afford to buy those instruments that are normally bought to start at conservatories. On the platform you can buy accordions and their most common accessories, and we hope to increase the current offer over time.

An interesting point is that we subsidize some initiation accordions, and we can do it thanks to the commercial margin that we have in instruments of medium-high range and in other products. With that margin, when we make a sale, we bonus the instruments of initiation or access. Thus, we try to eliminate or palliate the initial economic barrier, totally understandable, so we also offer services of rental of new and used instruments as well as service of buyback by changing the current instrument for one of greater or better characteristics. In this way, we hope to encourage families to create more and more promises to play this wonderful instrument (happy).

The AcoWorld platform...

We want to leave a sustainable and personal footprint on every purchase. For example, for each accordion we sell, we plant a tree with the accordionist's name (he or she can come and plant it with us), and we send our accordionist boy or girl several accessories that we highly value as teachers: an exercise ball with its use guide, a wooden box personalized with natural sweets and candies with your instructions to motivate them, a personalized case with the accordion model that includes a pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener and ruler with a unique phrase for each accordionist, a personalized cleaning cloth along with a bamboo brush with the name of the accordionist laser engraved... all packed in an ecological cotton bag and a few more surprises (smiles).

Any accordion can be rented from any brand we work with. After the rental period, it can be returned to recover the deposit paid. Depending on the instrument, it can be ideal to study the higher degree and recover money (as if you had saved it) at the end of the studies (I would have preferred it myself when I was a student).

"My illusion is to see the maximum number of accordionists playing as best as possible in schools, conservatories, streets and large concert halls. And that all of them have relatively easy access to the accordion they fall in love with, or that they really need for the music they want to play."
What would you like in the future?

Now I'm getting a lot of luthery jobs: tuning, repairs (thoughtful)... I would like to dedicate myself more to study and interpretation, but if I do all this it is to contribute in what I can so that finally the accordion is one more instrument, like the others, and that children and families choose it as they can choose any other.

My illusion is to see the maximum number of accordionists playing as best as possible in schools, conservatories, streets and large concert halls. And that all of them have relatively easy access to the accordion they fall in love with, or that they really need for the music they want to play, based on a relationship of affection and trust with the platform and with those who work behind it. So... I hope AcoWorld has great success, of course (laughs). Accordion to power!

Did you know that the soundtrack of this video was composed by Blai himself? Enjoy it :)

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