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May 28, 2015 5:33 EDT

Playground Sessions: The ultimate technology for learning to play musical instruments by using the fun nature of Guitar Hero combined with the active learning of Rosetta Stone

iCrowdNewswire - May 28, 2015

Playground Sessions

Makes Learning As Much Fun As Playing


Co-created by Quincy Jones, Playground Sessions is a music learning software company that uses video tutorials and interactive gaming to teach people how to play musical instruments in a fun way. It’s the ultimate technology for anyone who has that desire to express themselves through music.

Playground Sessions delivers the convenience and active learning of Rosetta Stone with the fun and social nature of Guitar Hero.




  • $10,000 Every investor receives two Lifetime Memberships to Playground Sessions along with a signed copy of “Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones”
  • $25,000Above plus Quincy Jones Harman Headphones
  • $50,000Above plus framed Thriller Vinyl record signed by Quincy Jones (limit 5)
  • $100,000Above plus visit Quincy in the studio while he’s producing an album (limit 2)
  • $250,000 + – Everything in the $50,000 Perk PLUS 2 tickets to fly to the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland to meet and hang with Quincy Jones at a VIP party (limit 2)


90% gross margin plus $800,000 in sales to date with profitable months

MAY, 2015

18,000+ users with 4,000+ current subscribers

MAY, 2015

Global publishing agreements with Sony, EMI, Universal, Warner Music Group & Disney

MAY, 2015

Music legend and Co-Creator Quincy Jones invested in this round

MAY, 2015

Distribution Partnership with Yamaha, the #1 musical instrument manufacturer in the world

MAY, 2015

Distribution at Guitar Center, the world’s largest music retailer

MAY, 2015


Playground Sessions is the personification of music. It gets you personally, emotionally and technically involved. It’s the ultimate technology for anyone who has that desire to express themselves through music.
Quincy JonesCo-Creator of Playground Sessions
Quincy Jones
Playground Sessions is ideal for people who would love to play a musical instrument but never thought that they could. This program will unlock the door to this vast market, a market that is far larger than the present population of active music makers.
Terry LewisFormer Executive Vice President of Yamaha
Terry Lewis
Playground Sessions makes learning intuitive and not punitive, and brings about the joy of participating in music-playing without the agony of decades-old traditional approaches. I invested in Playground because I believe creativity is in short supply and this product can inspire millions to discover their creative soul through music participation.
Marty AlbertsonFormer CEO of Guitar Center
Marty Albertson


Chris Vance

Chris Vance

CEO and Founder of Playground Sessions

Chris Vance is the Founder and CEO of Playground Sessions, a fun Rosetta Stone for musical instruments that converges gaming and learning to allow the whole world to play music. Prior to Playground, Chris was the Managing Director of ZAG, a brand invention incubator based in NYC, a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble and an Associate at Goldman Sachs. Chris is a CPA and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones

Music Legend, Co-Creator of Playground Sessions

Quincy Jones’ accolades and successes are enough to fill two-lifetimes. His career has encompassed many roles, including composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian. He is the all-time most nominated GRAMMY Artist with a total of 79 nominations and 27 awards, including a GRAMMY Legend Award, and he’s the producer of the best-selling album of all-time, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Quincy is also the producer and conductor of the historic “We Are The World” recording. He’s worked with a host of music legends, including Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Ray Charles. Quincy was the executive producer of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and co-produced Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of “The Color Purple”. To top it all off, Quincy Jones was also named by Time Magazine as one of the six most influential jazz musicians of the 20th Century.
Marty Albertson

Marty Albertson

Board Member, Investor & Strategic Partner

Marty Albertson started his career as a salesperson with Guitar Center. He worked his way to eventually becoming Chairman and CEO. He currently serves as Chairman of the Sun Valley, Idaho Marketing Alliance, Chairman of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and holds Board seats with Ambiance Radio and Playground Sessions. He is the Founder of the music education initiative “All In,” currently being implemented through the National Association of Music Educators and Chairs the Sun Valley Roundtable with the Americans for the Arts. He has served on the Board of the National Retail Federation and National Association of Music Merchants.
Terry Lewis

Terry Lewis

Board Member & Industry Consultant

Terry Lewis is the former executive vice president of the Yamaha Corporation of America and was in charge of the U.S. market for musical instruments and music-related products for many years. He remains chairman of Yamaha’s nonprofit Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute, a research and educational outreach institute dedicated to the vast benefits of active music-making. He now runs a music related consultancy company. Lewis holds a Key Executive MBA from Pepperdine University.
Sean Thayne

Sean Thayne

Director of Technology

Sean Thayne joined Playground Sessions as Director of Technology & Development in 2013. Sean has concentrated on enterprise media and large data analysis systems for most of his career. He was the lead developer for Summit Media Group, responsible for developing custom hardware and software solutions for hospitality in-room and on-demand video systems. Sean was also the Director of Technology for Springwater Capital, developing automated systems to regulate loan applications for new banking standards. Prior to Playground, Sean was the Lead Developer for Franklin Covey’s Loyalty Division, creating systems that aggregated data and customized metrics for extremely large corporations to analyze customer behavior.
David Sides

David Sides

Music Instructor, Social Media Influencer

David Sides is the lead music instructor and arranger for Playground Sessions. Teaching himself how to play the piano by ear at the age of 10, David has since become one of the world’s best piano arrangers and biggest social media influencers. His YouTube channel which features his piano renditions of popular songs has inspired hundreds of thousands of subscribers and has garnered over 179 million views to date. His talents have also awarded him 1st place in several music competitions, as well as the winner of the Ryan Seacrest song cover contest, and 1st place in the Mariah Carey Remix contest. As a music graduate from the University of California, Riverside, and social media influencer, David now focuses on teaching the world how to play the piano through Playground Sessions.



  • Co-created by music legend Quincy Jones
  • Distribution at Guitar Center, world’s largest music retailer
  • Global publishing agreements with majors: Sony, EMI, Universal, Warner


The ultimate technology for learning to play musical instruments by using the fun nature of Guitar Hero combined with the active learning of Rosetta Stone


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