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Guitar Humidifiers
By West Music Company
1/22/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Doug Ducey talks about caring for your guitar during the cold, dry months. Shop humidifiers at West Music!





Tags: Doug doucey, guitar acoustic, humidity, humidifier, care, maintenance, winter
Categories: Guitars & Folk
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Tips for Proper Winter Guitar Care and Maintenance
By West Music Company
1/19/2016 8:00:00 AM  
In this video, West Music repairmen and luthiers Bruce Vanderschel and Tom Bielefeldt explain the dangers posed by cold and sudden weather changes. This video is packed with tons of valuable advice that could save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs to your instrument, along with a nifty set of instructions for constructing your own DIY humidifier!







Tags: guitar, winter, care, humidifier, repairmen, luthiers, Bruce Vanderschel, Tom Bielefeldt,
Categories: Guitars & Folk
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Extraordinary Associate of the Month November 2015: Web Team
By West Music Company
1/14/2016 8:30:00 AM  
The Web Team is not just the newest indie band breaking out, they are also an incredible team that has been exceeding our customers expectations on a local and national basis. In the past year they have helped lead West Music on the web to incredible growth and have continued to raise the bar on our promotional efforts, staying in touch with our current customers using new tools like autoresponders and on-site chat and bringing new customers to experience the power of shopping with West Music.

This past November they helped lead the charge to the best ever Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping weekend on WestMusic.com and PercussionSource.com and are currently facilitating updates to Westco Educational Products websites.

In addition to our home grown websites, the web team also facilitates selling on Amazon, EBay and Reverb, thereby increasing our reach with new customers and finding great homes for products that have not been picked up in our traditional sales channels.

Way to go Jen, Stephen, John, and Michael for continuing to exceed expectations on the web!

- As told by Ryan West, Senior Vice President



Tags: web, web team, online, ebay, reverb, amazon, website
Categories: Extraordinary Associate of the Month
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Sour note? How to encourage, not nag, a child to practice a musical instrument
By West Music Company
1/13/2016 10:00:00 AM  



Tags: John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, practice, child, student, encourage, sour note,
Categories: Music Advocacy, Music Education
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Coralville January 2016 Musician of the Month: Jeongwoo Seo
By West Music Company
1/1/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Jeongwoo is a sophomore at Iowa City West High. He has been studying flute with Sarah Beland for 3 years, but started playing the flute in his school band when he was in 5th grade.

Sarah says she’s been so impressed by Jeongwoo’s determination to achieve his goals. He is always up for a challenge and plays with great technique and maturity. He was recently selected for the Iowa All-State Band, something that they have worked toward together for the past 3 years, and she’s proud to be part of his success.

Joeongwoo’s musical goals are getting a first part and a better chair at All-State next year. His advice to other musicians is to practice and play the music they you like. Jeongwoo says he loves playing music because it expresses feelings better than words, and the satisfaction of being able to play hard songs/runs.

Aside from music, he’s involved in debate, robotics, and math club.

Great job, Jeongwoo! Keep it up!



Tags: Jeongwoo Seo, Sarah Beland, City High, All-State
Categories: Conservatory, West Music Coralville
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Marion January 2016 Musician of the Month: Chase Pasterski
By West Music Company
1/1/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Chase is a guitar student with Billy Lee Janey at West Music Marion. He has taken lessons with Billy for three years. Chase plays acoustic and electric guitar, piano, drum set, and ukulele. He is a 6th grader at Harding Middle School.

Chase’s musical goal is to try a little bit of everything. He really likes music and the different sounds it can make. Chase’s advice to other musicians is to try hard and practice!

Chase is involved in jazz band playing guitar and he also plays the drumset for concert band. He is involved in sports and his favorite musician is Beethoven. Something that you might be surprised to learn about Chase is that he likes to write poems.

Congratulations, Chase!



Tags: Chase Pasterski, Billy Lee Janey, Harding Middle School,
Categories: Conservatory, West Music Cedar Rapids/Marion
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Quad Cities January 2016 Musician of the Month: Maddux Dieckman
By West Music Company
1/1/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Maddux Dieckman is in 5th grade and has been taking piano lessons with Clara Nielsen here at West Music Quad Cities for five years.  His goals for his lessons are to play really challenging songs, really well, by practicing a lot! His favorite part about playing music is the sounds he makes.  He feels very proud of himself when he plays a song really well for someone.  Maddux's advice to other musicians is to practice a lot! He says "If you don't like the way it sounds when you play it, find out why and practice some more!"

Outside of music, Maddux stays busy by playing baritone in band, baseball, and science club.  He recently made water power rockets and paper rockets there!  Additionally, Maddux loves playing video games like Minecraft, Terria, and Call of Duty.  He also enjoys reading about mythology and non-fiction articles that he has to read in class. His favorite musicians are Coldplay and AC/DC

Something that may surprise you to learn about Maddux is that he has been wearing contacts for almost a year.

Congratulations, Maddux! Great job!



Tags: Maddux Dieckman, Clara Nielsen,
Categories: Conservatory, West Music Quad Cities
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Coralville January 2016 Teacher Feature: Dorothy Thomas
By West Music Company
1/1/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Dorothy Thomas has been teaching music for over 40 years, 20 of which have been at West Music. Dorothy performs regularly and is a member of several musical associations including the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Dorothy is seeking students that want to have an adventure in piano! "I teach where you are. Each lesson is tailored to your individual needs. Lessons contain work in theory, technique and print music."

Dorothy offers two studio recitals every year, ICIPT Festival opportunities, West Music Studio Series recitals and a professional studio right next to the Steinway scene of the West Music Coralville Piano Gallery.



Tags: Dorothy Thomas, piano lessons, National Federation of Music Clubs, ICIPT Festival, recitals, Steinway
Categories: Conservatory, West Music Coralville
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Quad Cities January 2016 Teacher Feature: Jenni Pickering
By West Music Company
1/1/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Jenni started playing viola at 9, and added violin in high school. She also played clarinet from 5th grade through high school and was always involved in choir, even beginning at Augustana as a vocal performance major.

Jenni taught privately out of her home through high school and then at West Music beginning in her junior year of college at Augustana, so she’s been teaching at West Music since fall of 2005. She doubled majored in Music and English at Augustana College in Rock Island and graduated in 2007 with her BA.

Jenni teaches full time and also volunteers regularly with Calling All Crows, a nonprofit humanitarian organization based out of Boston that focuses on women’s rights and gender equality. She also currently plays with the Clinton Symphony, as well as various quartet and chamber work. She has been part of symphonies, classical chamber ensembles, celtic fiddle ensembles, and even played bluegrass fiddle and violin with various bands and local artists.

Jenni loves reading, snuggling with her three kitties (Applesauce, Parmesan, and Badminton), spending time with her husband, Gordon, and (hula)hooping with QC Flow Arts, local flow groups, and friends who also love to hoop dance, as well as hoop making. She also lives for live music - you can pretty much always find her at a show when she has the night off!

Recently Jenni staffed the Calling All Crows booth at Bonnaroo, traveled to New York to see her favorite band, DISPATCH, and participate in the service projects planned through Calling All Crows for DISPATCH: Hunger (addressing Hunger issues here in the United States), and she is traveling to Boston for the first time ever in December to help work the Calling All Crows Annual Benefit Weekend.



Tags: Jenni Pickering, Augustana College, Calling All Crows, Clinton Symphony, QC Flow Arts,
Categories: Conservatory, West Music Quad Cities
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Coralville January 2016 Teacher Feature: Chris Diamond
By West Music Company
1/1/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Chris Dimond teaches all styles of guitar and welcomes students of all ages. His structured teaching approach emphasizes reading music, understanding music theory and learning how to play by ear. His studio offers yearly performance opportunities and recitals to showcase student progress.

Chris holds a B.A. from The University of Iowa with a Jazz Studies Emphasis. He also studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with emphasis in Guitar Performance and Film Scoring.  Chris has over 20 years of playing experience in live performance. He enjoys playing with many groups, in styles ranging from rock, jazz, folk, blues, country, classical, church music and big band. He performs regularly with the Jazz Vespers group at Trinity Episcopal Church under the direction of Professor John Rapson.

In 2012, Chris was the M.C. Ginsberg Artist in Residence for the Iowa City Community School District. His studio is especially committed to motivating young students early on. 



Tags: Chris Dimond, University of Iowa, Berklee College, Professor John Rapson, M.C. Ginsberg
Categories: Conservatory, West Music Coralville
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