February 28, 2020





To our worldwide drumming family,

Over the past 17 years, the Nine Beats brand has grown from one music school to over 1100 learning centers across Mainland China. In the course of our exciting journey, we have trained and employed thousands of music educators, developed a 68-volume course curriculum for rock drums, jazz, drums, snare drum, bass, guitar, and we have also developed an exciting, interactive music education app to inspire and engage students as they learn to play music – but most importantly, we have made a lot of music and a lot of friends along the way. In 2019, Nine Beats founder, I partnered with world-renowned drummer and educator, Thomas Lang, to launch Nine Beats USA so our journey can continue. Headquartered in Oak Park, CA, which is slated to open in 2020 with plans to expand throughout North and South America. 

While this is exciting news, we are currently facing an important challenge and our excitement for the future is diminished by the reality of the current situation in China. As a result of the current outbreak of the coronavirus, more than 230,000 Nine Beats students in Mainland China have been stranded in their homes for a month. 

In response to this need, Nine Beats China has launched daily online teaching via the Nine Beats learning app currently used by students enrolled in teaching centers across Mainland China to access homework, class notes and inspiring educational video content. Via the app, Nine Beats teachers are now hosting 200-300 free, live broadcasts seven days a week to help quarantined students study safely at home while we wait for conditions to improve so they may return to their classrooms to continue doing what they love – learning music along with their friends. 

China is now in a very difficult period and we hope that our effort to provide daily live music lessons is part of a solution to easing the boredom and isolation currently being experienced by children and families across China and we hope our drumming family will join us in our effort to encourage, entertain and most importantly, continue on our journey of making music and making friends.

Please join us.

If you have time, we kindly request you to record a short video to encourage the children of China. 

  • Greetings (ex. “Nee-How Nine Beats China Students!”)
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Offer encouraging words and tell the children to be more patient, do not go outside, and have fun learning music safely at home with your favorite Nine Beats teachers via free, live daily music lessons available in their Nine Beats app.
  • Send hopes, prayers and blessings for the safety of all the people in China
  • Say: JO PAI - JA YO! (Nine Beats - Stay Strong!)

We will collect the videos of your messages of encouragement and post them on our Nine Beats’ social media platforms in China so they can see that the world is standing together with them.

After recording the video please upload it to your own social media accounts and tag us on Instagram @9beatschina, Facebook @Ninebeatschina, and YouTube @NINEBEATS or you can email your videos directly to #9beatsstrong #letsbeatthevirus 

With sincere gratitude,

Mr. Hongyu Li (Mr. Li)

Founder, Nine Beats China Music & Technology Group


World’s Largest Chain of Music Schools Launches 9 Beats USA at NAMM 2020 Names 11-Year-Old Drum Phenom Milana First-Ever Brand Ambassador

Los Angeles, CA, February 4, 2020— The world’s largest provider of music lessons and music education content, 9 Beats Music & Technology Group, announced the launch of its North American subsidiary, 9 Beats USA, LLC and music education partnership with leading manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, Roland at The NAMM Show 2020. To mark the announcement, 9 Beats USA co-owner and world-renowned drummer, Thomas Lang performed at NAMM 2020 alongside 9 Beats USA brand ambassador, 11-year-old drumming phenom, Milana on the newly launched Roland V-Drums Acoustic Design (VAD) series drum sets.

Founded in 2003, Tianjin China-based 9 Beats Music & Technology Group has utilized over 8000 trained educators, a 68-volume course curriculum and a robust cloud-based learning app to provide music education to over 350,000 students annually in more than 1200 learning locations across Mainland China. In 2019, 9 Beats Music & Technology Group founder, Mr. Li Hongyu partnered with world-renowned drummer and educator, Thomas Lang, to launch 9 Beats USA. Headquartered in Oak Park, CA, 9 Beats USA, LLC is slated to open in 2020 with plans to expand throughout North and South America.

“9 Beats Music & Technology Group has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Roland,” said 9 Beats founder, Mr. Li Hongyu. “Back in 2008, we began building a strong relationship with Roland to help develop drum education programs, and in 2017, we proudly named Roland the exclusive sponsor of our ‘Future Star’ talent competition which has grown to over 12,000 annual participants. Extending our partnership with Roland to include 9 Beats USA will help us accomplish our mutual goal of engaging players of all ages to learn, play and experience the fun of making music.”

9 Beats USA and Roland also proudly welcomed the first-ever 9 Beats USA Brand Ambassador, Milana. A passionate drummer since the age of six, Milana has performed with such legendary artists as Sheila E. and Stewart Copeland and was 1st Runner-Up Worldwide in her age division in the 2019 Hit Like A Girl® International Drum Competition. She has also been featured on NBC's ‘Little Big Shots’, Gwen Stefani’s ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ music video, ‘Little Big Shots Holiday Special’ [NBC], and ‘The Chad Smith Show’ on Drum Channel. Milana will work with 9 Beats USA and Roland global brands to highlight learning music as a fun, creative and engaging way to build self-esteem, improve concentration, teach teamwork along with enhancing language, motor and cognitive abilities. 

Roland’s vice president of artist relations and business development, Brian Alli added, “Roland V-Drums pairs innovative technology with noise-friendly solutions for young players and parents who want to support learning drums in a fun, engaging social atmosphere. The atmosphere shines even brighter when the teams at 9 Beats and Roland work together like this. Kids are happy to learn, they learn fast, and they build lots of confidence along the way.”

9 Beats USA locations will feature exclusive Roland-branded electronic drum lesson rooms and a variety of Roland gear such as TD-50KV and VAD506 electronic drum kits alongside acoustic drum classrooms. Enrolled students can participate in highly effective small-group lessons utilizing 9 Beats’ pioneering curriculums which include courses in rock drums, jazz drums, and snare drum rudiments in addition to acoustic guitar and acoustic bass among other instruments. 9 Beats and Roland will also work jointly with other key partners to host destination music education camps and programs inviting aspiring players of all ages to #BeTheDrummer.

Full announcement press kit is available here