24 June 2011

GIVEAWAY: Help Save Music In Public Schools, And Learn To Play The Ocarina

Summer is here and parents are looking for ways to keep their kids entertained, engaged and learning. Many families will enroll children in music lessons over the summer, but there are other economical ways to introduce kids to the joy of playing an instrument.

Look, we know that not everyone has the time, resources or interest to devote to private instruction and buying or renting a violin, cello or piano for their kids. For these families, the ocarina is a great choice!


Guess what? It’s the main instrument behind the popular video game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time!

Are you a Zelda fan? If so, you’ll know that everyone’s raving about the exciting release of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS. And what better way to celebrate the new game than a giveaway, right? ;)

Thanks to STL Ocarina, I have one Special Edition Zelda 12 Hole Tenor Ocarina ($74 value) to giveaway to my readers! Entry details below.

Save Music in Schools



STL Ocarina is doing great things. Check out this video to find out about their special assembly program to help educate public school kids about basic musical concepts, unique instruments, world music, and more. Cast your vote now! (You get one each day in June).

Win it! To enter the giveaway, tell us all about your love of the Legend of Zelda game series. Are you old school? Do you remember playing it way back when it all started on the original Nintendo? (Are you like us and have an original one and the games that you still play? LOL)

As usual, you can get a second entry for being a GFC follower, or email subscriber.

Bonus entries:
• Help take over 5,000 children around the world with the ocarina by voting for St. Louis School of Music in the Pepsi Refresh Project. (see above!)

•If Heather and the STL Ocarina Trio are successful in bringing this great opportunity to kids in St. Louis public schools, where would you like to see them go next?

That's up to four (4) entries! Giveaway ends July 2nd at 11:59 PM PST, and please leave your email address in your entry or have it available in your profile. US only, sorry. :( Good luck!

About STL Ocarina: Young people all over the world have become interested in the ocarina, a pocket-sized pottery wind instrument, thanks to the popular Legend of Zelda game. An outgrowth of the St. Louis School of Music, STL Ocarina produces ocarinas for all ages and skill levels, from kids' models shaped like fish, whales and dolphins starting at $10 to professional models starting under $100 and made of Purple Clay, a rare natural mineral found only in the region of Yixing, China. Heather Scott has mastered the ocarina as well as the flute, and is currently earning her master's degree in flute performance while serving as a worldwide ambassador for the ocarina across the Web. Are you a Zelda fan? Watch this fun video: When Link Met Zelda at Anime Weekend.

Please note: I am not receiving anything for hosting this giveaway. The sponsor is responsible for fulfilling the prize to one lucky reader.

93 comments:

BethElderton said...

I'm not one to play, but my daughter is a gamer extraordinaire, and Zelda is one of her all time favorites (she's 17)I AM very into music. My son is a guitarist and my gamer daughter plays sax. My grand-daughter is learning piano, We have many instruments, though no ocaina:(
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BethElderton said...

I signed in to Pepsi and voted!
This is a wonderful idea!
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BethElderton said...

I'm a gfc friend
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BethElderton said...

I wish this could go every where! I hate to name my own city or the city where my grand-kids live--I'd like to see this for all children.
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DARLA KIDDER said...

Both of my sons love the Zelda games and have played since they were little on Super Nintendo, my youngest son plays Zelda on the Gamecube and on roms and my Nintendo DS .
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DARLA KIDDER said...

I follow via GFC as LUCKYLADY42.
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DARLA KIDDER said...

I voted on Pepsi Refresh.
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DARLA KIDDER said...

I wish the Ocarina could come to my town of Fontana ,Ca to Fontana High School.
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

SON PLAYS SO HE WOULD GET THIS MRS.MOMMYYATGMAIL

lilpinksocks said...

I like Zelda and remember playing it when it first came out, but my little brother is a way bigger fan, he is 16 and owns all the "old school" stuff, including the original Zelda on Nintendo 64. I would be sister of the year if I won this for his birthday next month! :) Thanks for the chance.
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lilpinksocks said...

I voted for St. Louis!
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lilpinksocks said...

I follow you on Google Friend Connect (username: Lisa Davis)
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lilpinksocks said...

I hope that the STL Ocarina Trio gets far and is able to travel the country to public schools across America.
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debbie said...

I remember playing it on the original nintendo. I can still even remember the song it played. That was so much fun.
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debbie said...

I am a email subscriber.
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debbie said...

I would like to see them go to Detroit. Their schools are in so much trouble, any help they could get would be great.
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katzkids by Kathy D. said...

I like playing Zelda with my kids.They usually beat me:)Thanks for the giveaway:)
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katzkids by Kathy D. said...

I am a new GFC follower. Thanks for the giveaway:)

heartnsoulcooking said...

I'm old school and can remember when Zelda came out for Nintendo. I LOVE the Legend of Zelda game series.
When I asked my son about the 12 hole Ocarina he was so excited and told me you when to WIN! one mom.
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heartnsoulcooking said...

VOTED for St. Louis School of Music in the Pepsi Refresh Project.
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hale2005 said...

I remember my mom buying me legend of zelda for the nes as my first game.
I played for 5 hours and barley wanted to eat supper.
A fantastic game at the time!

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Shilo Beedy said...

My husband loves Zelda since it first came out and has played each game since. Now my daughter and son are into playing Zelda and love it.
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Jammie said...

I am a huge fan of old school zelda, the newer ones on the Wii and such give me bad headaches, I could sit for HOURS and play it on the gba though!

Jammie said...

I voted!

Jammie said...

I am a google follower.

Jammie said...

I would love to see it go t all schools. With being a home schooler, I would love to win so my daughter can learn how to play!

Grampy said...

Oh I remember it. I also have a collection of old nintendo games on my hard drive that will work with the PC. I;ll have to check and see if that one is there.

Grampy said...

I am a follower on GFC and Email

Grampy said...

I voted in the pepsi Challenge and also liked her on facebook and am following on twitter

Grampy said...

I would love to see them come to my Granddaughters school in Ellington CT.

Lim said...

Had the original on NES, but misses a large chunk of the series since I had no money for gaming. I've finally gotten a Wii and am playing Twilight Princess (and enjoying it.)

Janice said...

heh, *I* am a HUGE zelda fan! Don't have it on the original Nintendo (don't think I was even born. LOL!), but love, love, love, LOVE zelda. Always such a classic and will always be one of my favs of ALL TIME. :) :) :)

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Janice said...

GFC follower as @cappytweet AND e-mail subscriber :)

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Janice said...

voted for St. Louis School of Music in the Pepsi Refresh Project

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Janice said...

if they're successful in St Louis, it'd be great if they expand across the east coast (major cities like Atlanta, etc) and go from there

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sweetsue said...

I played it years ago on my son's gameboy-I was addicted!
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Jean said...

My daughter plays it, she's 17.

Jean said...

I follow with gfc.
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Jim W. said...

I've been playing the original, I love the series

mogrill said...

I love it! I have been playing for 20 years. I go back to all of them over and over again. My favorite is Majoras Mask and I have played it about 5 times!
Thanks for the chance.
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dandmrobbins said...

There is a cool student with Asperger's that eats lunch in my classroom to get away from mean peers. He's a HUGE Zelda fan and talks my ear off. This would be a cool surprise for him and give him something new to learn.

Lucky's Luna said...

I love Legend of Zelda, it was totally one of the first games I played on Nintendo! It would be so cool to have this addition to our home!

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Lucky's Luna said...

I am a GFC Follower as Lucky's Luna!
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Lucky's Luna said...

If the STL Ocarina Trio are successful I hope they could come to Chicago, where I'm at! I'd love to see them! :)

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Holly B said...

I loved Ocarina of Time on the N64...I remember printing out walk-throughs with my friend and drinking Surge, eating Doritos and staying up all night trying to beat it...good times!

Holly B said...

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gene said...

i do remember it on the original nintendo! i started gaming when i was 4 sooo... yeah...

Joshua Holmes said...

I am a die hard Zelda addict. It is my favorite series.
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flychild7 said...

When I was younger, I loved zelda. I am an old school gamer!

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Anonymous said...

Yes, I am old school and it is my favorite game!

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Anonymous said...

I've played all of the non-portable versions of Zelda ever released and yes, I still own them all, but I haven't played any recently only because they haven't released any recently. My bud is a bigger Zelda fan than I am and he's getting married in about 3 weeks, so if I win, and it gets here in time, I'm totally going to give this to him as a wedding present (along with the other gift I already got for him). Such a unique giveaway, thanks!
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Anonymous said...

I am already a member of Pepsi Refresh and I'm not voting for STL - I hope they win!
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Anonymous said...

If STL wins the next Pepsi grant, I say they go to Carnegie Hall! Maybe they can play with a famous orchestra or something... that'd be cool
skarydrunkguy again

mail4rosey said...

I have never played! Every one of our kids (except the toddler) and my husband have though...and they love it. They play on the traditional system, and on the cell phone.

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mail4rosey said...

If they're successful, I'd like to see them go to Chicago!

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mail4rosey said...

I am an e-mail subscriber.

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April said...

I loved playing it on the nintendo is the day.

Tracey said...

Zelda was the first video game I ever played and I was hooked. I sure wasted alot of hours playing it.
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Jim said...

I remember playing the original Legend of Zelda way back when it was on the NES. I even remember the cartoon on tv

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Dinky said...

I remember in elementary school, an old friend gave me The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Ever since then I fell in love with the series. Playing any Zelda game is enjoyable for me because it brings back those fond memories. If it weren't for that old friend, I would have never known about any Links or Legends of Zeldas. Email is danimalthebeast@live.com

Dorok said...

I love zelda games, classic and new. im a retro gamer and the games have stayed the same over the years.

✿Heather S✿ said...

I remember playing it on the original Nintendo and Gameboy. I played it all the time on Gameboy!
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okiran said...

The first Zelda I play was Link to the Past and it remains my favorite to this day. I also bought the N64 and Gamecube for the sole reason of playing a Zelda game (I did end up playing other games on those systems).

Anonymous said...

Yup, gotta love Zelda. One of my favorite video game franchises! I've loved every game that has come out. When I played the first, I automatically fell in love with it. I love it and everyone I know does, too!

When I played LoZ:OoT years ago, I wanted that Ocarina immediately. I've always wanted one, and to win one or free would be absolutely amazing!

Even if I don't win, thanks for the chance, awesome contest!

Again, thanks!

P.S. I voted for them on Pepsi! I think that they'll go places if they win this. I hope they do! I hope that they continue to help the kiddies, and I'll do my best to help, too.

I will continue to vote for the good cause, I hope they win!

THANKS!

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V said...

The fact that I have almost all the games in my gaming collection with the original boxes, manuals, & poster since the 1st game on the NES proves something. GL & Best Wishes on the Pepsi Project.

Charlie said...

I go all the way back to the NES games. i was too young to get anywhere in it, but i fell in love with gaming watching my brother and dad play it. it was one of the only video games i ever saw my dad play, so thats saying a lot.

jnathan said...

Love Zelda. I know Zelda 2 for NES inside and out and have probably played through it a dozen times. I can almost complete it in under an hour.

kathy pease said...

sadly i have never played these game i was more of a donkey kiong and mario brothers gal..i will have to heck it out though

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Tyler Ryan Schlossman said...

I really like this plan. I think people would be interested in learning the ocarina (similar to guitar) but it'll also help teach music. In this day and age, we need that. And it's related to Zelda!! Zelda: Link's Awakening was the first game my brother and I owned and it remains one of my favorites. From there, we continued to be avid Zelda fans. It's the great story of the hero. Link doesn't need to talk, he doesn't get payment for his deeds, but he performs his duty and saves the kingdom every time. We can all learn something from Link and we can all learn music from the ocarina.

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Josh M said...

My love for Legend of Zelda started with the original Ocarina of Time on the N64. When that game first came out, it was incredible. Everyone owned one, and everyone talked about it as if it were the holy grail of video games. And to an extent, it was. I still play it sometimes, even though I wish there really was a way to get the whole Triforce!

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melinda geske said...

Haha. OMG! I so remember playing Zelda when I was a little kid. Back on my first nintento. Aww memories.

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Brian said...

I played all night on the 64 version as a kid and play the 3d one at work!

William said...

I use to play the gold cartridge all the time on the original Nintendo way back in the day. I actually had a small ocarina because I wanted to learn some of the zelda songs.

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lightsup55 said...

I started back on the Nintendo 64 when Ocarina of Time was out. Best game I ever played. I haven't been into Zelda games ever since the Wii came out.

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Darkakri said...

I played every zelda game ever made that would be soooo awesome to win! i cosplay and link was a future cosplay i have planned i would love to have it as a prop and learn to play it ^.^

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Kam said...

I have been playing the Zelda series pretty much my whole life. One of my fondest gaming memories is pretending to be sick when Ocarina of Time first came out for the N64 so that I could stay home from school and collect all the heart pieces. I just recently bought an Ocarina of Time poster and needless to say, it is awesome!

I would love to see STL Ocarina Trio come to Baltimore! :)

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elangomatt said...

I do remember playing Zelda when I was young sometimes when I got to play a friends nintendo. I never had a nintendo of my own though. I also bought the Zelda game on the Wii in the classic games area (I also have all of the original mario games too :) )

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Ardy22 said...

I don't play to many games now but I do recall playing this one. I was addicted back then and probably played it hours on end.

Kids are nuts about the games today

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purango said...

My daughter loves to play all the Zelda games. I only started playing them with her. garrettsambo@aol.com

Geek Preview! said...

I have played LoZ for the longest time, and my favorite has to be Windwaker! That's the best game ever! The ocarina would definitely be an amazing collecitble ;)

jbmthill said...

Not me but my son is crazy about music, instruments and has the zelda edition DS ! He would LOVE this. He plays the baritone in his school band.
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Youssef Rauf said...

You should do this all around the country then the world! I wish our school had ocarinas instead of recorders. There should be an ocarina choir (seriously) or at least ocarina lessons at every school in the country! It's great that you're doing this! Good luck! I hope you win all the votes! :)