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Proper Posture Is the Key to Playing for Life
By West Music Company
10/23/2017 5:41:00 AM  

Proper Posture Is the Key to Playing for Life

Almost every instrument requires some repetitive motion and therefore can lead to injury over time. Even young players can injure themselves over the course of just a few months. The good news is that there is one sure-fire way to protect your child from strain and injury, and that is to maintain good posture!


The Elements of Good Posture When Playing an Instrument

Good playing posture goes from head to toe. The guiding principles are:

  • Maintain a solid frame, that way bones can do their work, easing the burden on muscles.
  • Stay relaxed but engaged – not tensed up, but also not limp.

A great way for a student to develop proper posture is to work quite literally from the “bottom” up.


proper postureMusician’s Positioning on the Chair

Musicians in good posture sit forward in their chairs. Exactly how far forward is a matter of comfort and body type. Some musicians are poised right at the chair’s edge, but most have their weight centered a little farther back.


Chairs Have Straight Backs—So Should Musicians

Your child should sit with their chest and shoulders raised to a straight, yet comfortable position. A comfortably straight spine allows hours of play. Stiffness, however, is a recipe for fatigue.


Down Below, Flat Feet Will Go

Keep feet comfortably at rest on the floor.  They do not have to remain frozen like a statue, but having your child regularly resettling into “rest feet” position is helpful in maintaining consistently good posture.


"Coat Hanger" Shoulders

To the greatest extent the instrument allows, music students should keep their shoulders level while playing.  To help visualize this, some musicians like to imagine a coat hanger with a tank top on it: it can sway a little, but if it tilts consistently or sways too far, the shirt falls to the floor.


Keep a Level Head

Remember that the head should face “straight ahead”. Dropping the chin or “turtle-necking” forward are easy, but unhealthy, habits for young musicians to fall into. Encourage your child to make a mental note to regularly check in on how their head and neck are positioned.


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Once proper posture is attained, new musicians should fit the instrument into the frame they have created, rather than bending and twisting themselves to fit around the instrument. The temptation to lean forward and “meet the instrument halfway” is very strong, but it puts a tremendous strain on the back and neck. Musicians at every level should regularly practice assuming good posture without their instruments, and then gently bring their instruments to their poised, relaxed bodies.

Special Encouragment for Violin and Viola Players

Playing the violin or viola poses special challenges for posture. Learning to hold these instruments while staying true to the principles of good playing posture is not easy! Encourage your child to be patient with the process and to speak up immediately if they ever feel discomfort or strain.


The Payoff of Proper Instrument Positioning: Lifelong Playing

Music is one of a very special few human pursuits that a person can engage in as actively at age 79 as they did at age nine! By helping your child learn and reinforcing the fundamentals of proper posture, you can ensure that a lifetime of satisfaction awaits them.

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Tags: beginner, posture, health
Categories: Conservatory, Music Education
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8 of the Sweetest Songs for Sweetest Day
By West Music Company
10/18/2017 11:43:00 AM  

8 of the Sweetest Songs for Sweetest Day

The third Saturday in October is Sweetest Day! This beautiful day that celebrates love and appreciation in every form dates back to the early 1920s. The informal holiday grew out of efforts by candy makers, especially in Cleveland and Detroit, to bring a little happiness to orphans, older adults living alone, and others who needed a little extra kindness. Today, we celebrate Sweetest Day by finding little ways to remind all the special people in our lives how much they mean to us. One great way to do that is to spend time together sharing the sweet gift of great music, straight from the heart.

Magic Penny, by Malvina Reynolds

Few songs embody the spirit of Sweetest Day from its beginnings better than this beloved child's classic. No one can hold back the goosebumps or keep their heart from melting like milk chocolate at the sight and sound of enthusiastic kids reminding us all that love is just like a magic penny—the more generously you give it away, the more you will have.

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, Adagio

With its soaring violins and gently lyrical clarinet solo, the third movement of Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece positively drips sweetness with every note. The entire symphony evokes images of classic “Happily Ever After” fairy tails that uplift the soul.

Kind and Generous, by Natalie Merchant

Often, the truest, sweetest words to say or hear are simply, “I want to thank you, thank you, thank you…” Natalie Merchant touched us all with this uncomplicated expression of the struggles we all go through when we try to find the right way to tell the important people in our lives just how much they mean to us.

Bold as Love (from Axis: Bold as Love), by Jimi Hendrix

Everyone knows of Jimi Hendrix’s unrivaled mastery of his Fender Stratocaster guitar, but the remarkable poetry of his songs has too often been overlooked. With lyrics like, “Blue are the life-giving waters, they quietly understand,” and “Giving my life to a rainbow like you,” Hendrix showed that he understood the sweetness of life and love as well as anyone.

Sweet Surrender, by Sarah McLachlan

McLachlan’s voice is pure sweetness in itself. When she lends it to lines of tender appreciation, such as “You take me in, no questions asked,” we are all reminded that simple acts of love and understanding truly do make the world a sweeter, more beautiful place. The message is made all the more powerful by a dreamy video, in which the singer-songwriter rescues and reunites with a former image of herself.

Cheek to Cheek, by Irving Berlin

“Heaven, I’m in heaven.” Is there any sweeter way to share a moment with someone dear than dancing close as a song plays? Made famous by Fred Astaire’s performance in Top Hat, this Irving Berlin classic is one of the most requested songs at weddings and anniversary celebrations across the U.S., and it is easy to hear why.

Für Elise, by Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven gave the world so many romantic melodies that it is hard to select just one. No one is certain who “Elise” was, or if that was even the name Beethoven wrote on the original score in his notoriously careless handwriting. Regardless, it is hard to imagine anything sweeter than being forever associated with one of the most recognizable melodies of all time.

You Are My Sunshine, by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell

For a day devoted to all things sweet, it is only right for us to use a much beloved song like "You Are My Sunshine" to bring this list to a close. When a child belts out, “You make me happy, when skies are gray,” it is hard to imagine anything on Earth that could be sweeter! 

“You Are My Sunshine” has brought smiles to more people’s faces than almost any other song in recent history. In fact we've written about this song before and how it was used in a music therapy session to not only brighted up patients day, but the music therapist's day as well.

Share the Music, Share the Sweetness

Whether it is one of these songs or one of your own favorites, take a few minutes to make sweet music with the people you hold dear on Sweetest Day. With a great selection of music books and other resources, we will be celebrating right along with you!

Tags: love, sweetest day, valentines, holidays
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How Much Should Kids Practice Their Instrument?
By West Music Company
10/9/2017 9:21:00 AM  

upset girl practicingHow Much Should Kids Practice Their Instrument?

Everybody knows that musicians improve by practicing. But the question of how much time your kids should spend practicing isn’t as simple as “the more, the better.”


Finding the Sweet Spot

The right practice routine is one that ensures enough progress to keep kids motivated while keeping the whole process fun. Practicing too little, and they won’t improve, which will lead to becoming discouraged. Practice too much, and they risk developing physical injuries or mental exhaustion that will keep them from pursuing their musical dreams over the long haul.


Practice as Close to Daily as Possible

Many books suggest a certain amount of total practice time per week. The problem with that approach is it suggests that one marathon session at the end of the week is as good as seven brief, daily practice periods. That simply isn’t true. The more daily time on their instrument (or DTOI as some music instructors refer to it), the more progress they’ll see in their playing—and the more their practice sessions will feel like a daily reward instead of a weekly obligation.

daily time on instrument


Improve Something New Every Week

Set them up for success by having them pick out one simple thing each week that they’d like to improve about their playing. Maybe it’s remembering to maintain good posture or playing a scale at a steady tempo, with no rushing or hesitation. Have them devote a couple of minutes of daily practice time to that one skill, and every week they will have proof that they’re getting better! Stay as close as you can to a daily routine and never let your practice schedule get so heavy that you feel drained and start losing your sense of excitement and fun.


One Goal No Musician Should Set

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Practice makes perfect.” There is no such thing as a perfect musician or even a perfect performance of a piece of music. Our human imperfections are part of the beauty of the music we make. Besides, if your kids ever become perfect, they would have no way to get better, and what fun would that be for them? Always remind them that practice is about becoming better, not becoming flawless.

And of course, practice should always be paired with instruction from an experienced teacher. West Music is here to help guide children to become better musicians and offer more direction outside of class when they need it. Check out our selection of group classes and individual lessons to take their skills to the next level.

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Tags: beginners, music education, practice
Categories: Band & Orchestra, Music Education
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It's Science! Basic Acoustics: Frequency, Wavelength & Pitch
By West Music Company
10/2/2017 5:39:00 PM  

It’s Science! Basic Acoustics: Frequency, Wavelength & Pitch

Music is the wondrous meeting place of art and science. Part One of “It’s Science!” explained how the volume of a sound is determined by the amplitude of the sound wave. Sound waves have many other characteristics besides amplitude; otherwise, dropping a dinner plate would sound like playing a trumpet!

Frequency: Why “Re” Is Different from “Mi”

piano hamersWhen you watch waves roll onto a beach, you not only notice how high the waves are (their amplitude), but also how rapidly they follow each other. If you were to count how many wave crests reach the shore in a minute, you would be finding the frequency of the waves. Likewise, frequency of a sound wave is measured by how many air vibrations reach our eardrums every second.

Frequency is what makes one note different from another, in a very simple way: higher frequency means higher pitch. Booming bass notes have very low frequencies, while piercing treble notes have very high frequencies.

Fun fact: Frequency doubles every octave. Therefore, the frequency of the note middle C is exactly twice the frequency of the note C an octave lower.

The question all of this raises is, if frequency determines pitch, why don’t all instruments sound the same when the same note is played on them? This question reveals the “great secret” of musical instruments: they never produce just one frequency at a time! Each time you play a note on any instrument, in addition to the main frequency (the note we can identify), a whole bunch of other waves with different frequencies and smaller amplitudes are created. These other waves are called the “overtones” of the main note. We don’t register them in our minds because they are so much quieter than the main note, but we do hear them; they shape our perception of the timbre (quality of sound) of the instrument. Each instrument produces a different blend of overtones, which is why a violin never sounds like a flute.

No wonder studying music helps students do better in math and science!


On the Same Wavelength: How a Trombone and a Slide Whistle are Basically the Same


courtesy of GIPHY Trombone Shorty

 Returning to waves hitting the beach, you could also measure the distance between “peaks”—that is, how many meters separate one wave crest from the next. This measurement is the wavelength of the waves. Wavelength and frequency are closely related: If you change the wavelength of a sound wave, you also change the frequency, creating a new pitch. That explains why pressing down the string of a cello or guitar with your finger changes the note that you hear: By shortening the length of string that is free to vibrate, you shorten the wavelength of the sound wave, so the frequency changes, too.

Fun fact: The hammers of a piano strike the strings 1/7 of the way along their length in order to silence the 7th overtone of the main note, which is often considered harsher in sound.

Similarly, the valves and keys of brass and woodwind instruments alter the instruments’ air columns to change the wavelength of the sound waves created. An even simpler way to change wavelength, however, would be to shorten or lengthen the entire air column. That is how a slide whistle works, and why it is a very old instrument. A slide trombone works in exactly the same way—each time the slide is moved, the wavelength of the sound waves gets longer or shorter.


Putting It All Together: The Great Bass Mystery Solved


The relationship between wavelength and frequency is actually very specific: As frequency increases, wavelength decreases. In other words, if a note has a very low frequency, it will have a very long wavelength. If the frequency of a pitch is very high, its wavelength will be very short. As it happens, wavelength determines how far a sound wave can travel. Shorter wavelengths die out more quickly as the wave moves through the air.

That is why you only hear the bass and drums when a band is playing at the far end of the park. The low-frequency notes produced by basses and tom-toms have ultra-long wavelengths, so they travel much farther than the higher-frequency, short-wavelength notes of the guitars, singers, and cymbals. It really is all science!


The Science in Practice: Audio Engineering


People who apply scientific ideas to real-world problems are called engineers. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the people who run recording studios or operate the sound equipment at a concert are called sound or audio engineers. If you are interested in exploring the world of acoustics more deeply, we offer a variety of products to get you started in audio engineering.

Tags: music education, STEAM
Categories: Music Education
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Extraordinary Associate of the Month: Sam Marchuck
By West Music Company
10/1/2017 2:13:00 PM  

Sam MarchukWe are pleased to announce the August 2017 Associate of the Month!

Sam Marchuk represented West Music and himself very well recently at the Strathmore Uke and Guitar Summit in North Bethesda, MD in August 2017. He had the opportunity to teach, plan and promote our products at this event.

Cathy Fink, an organizer at Ukefest, wrote, “Sam was a fantastic instructor at our Ukefest this year. He taught a large beginner class and came in VERY prepared, including large chord charts that he put up on the wall. His students LOVED him and told me that all
week long.”

Sam had the opportunity to perform in 2 concerts, including the featured event for “Strathmore Ukefest” on Wednesday evening for which he was the opener. He played 2 instrumental versions of the Beatles songs — “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude.” The concert brought in about 2,500 people from the community and featured food trucks along with several music vendors. Quite a blast!

At the festival, he also had an assortment of ukuleles, books, and accessories to sell. He already has plans on what additional
items to bring to the next Uke and Guitar Summit in August 2018! Thanks to Sam for growing his knowledge and expertise as well as promoting West Music across the United States.

As told to Robin Walenta,
President & CEO

Tags: school music, music education, ukulele
Categories: Extraordinary Associate of the Month, Music Advocacy
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Cedar Falls October 2017 Teacher Feature: Lora Heit
By West Music Company
10/1/2017 7:12:00 AM  
Lora HeitLora is a piano instructor at West Music Cedar Falls, and she brings nearly 40 years of experience with her to our lesson studios! She began playing the organ in elementary school and continued studying music through high school and college. She obtained her music education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She previously taught private lessons, was a substitute teacher in the area, and taught music and chorus in local schools as well.

She has always been very involved in church music throughout the years. Since, 2003 she has been directing a church choir that consists of members ages 10-18. They enjoy learning new contemporary music and leading others in services through the
joy of music.

Her favorite thing about teaching is when a student masters something new and she gets to see the joy on their face. She enjoys helping others experience the thrill of learning and guiding them in being able to express themselves through music. She also enjoys performances where her students get to showcase their accomplishments.

This summer, Lora and her husband, Tom, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. They also traveled to Quebec, Canada and learned some French and history from the area. She enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren who are between the ages of 1 to 5. She also enjoys gardening, riding her bike, and reading.

Learn more about taking lessons with Lora or any of our music instructors. Call West Music at 800-373-2000, or see Lora's webpage and schedule your first class online! 

Tags: Lori Heit, UNI, piano
Categories: Conservatory, West Music Cedar Falls
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Cedar Falls October 2017 Musician of the Month: Evan He
By West Music Company
10/1/2017 6:48:00 AM  

Evan HeEvan is currently in the fourth grade has been studying violin with Andrea Alert for three years. According to Andrea, “Evan has made some significant improvements in his playing. His note reading abilities and musical understanding are growing. He likes to watch and study the teacher playing and is willing to try new things. Besides music, I have witnessed Evan develop into a more confident person. He always has a smile on his face when it is his turn for his lesson!

Evan’s advice to other musicians is to practice, and his personal goal is to play smoothly. Some fun facts about Evan are that he enjoys playing games at home and is good at playing the video game Roblox.

Congratulations, Evan!

Tags: violin, andrea alert, lessons, student
Categories: Conservatory, West Music Cedar Falls
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How Parents Can Help Their Young Musician
By West Music Company
9/13/2017 4:34:00 PM  

How Parents Can Help Their Young Musician

Learning a musical instrument often represents a child’s first opportunity to discover how a routine of individual practice leads to ever-increasing rewards. For parents, it’s a rare chance to help their child discover a love of music, plus the satisfaction that comes with mastering a difficult new skill. With all the benefits musical training offers in terms of mental, physical, and emotional development, it is no surprise that parents want to “get it right.”

Starting from the Same Page: The Importance of Connecting with the Teacher

Children always struggle when two trusted adults send seemingly contradictory signals. It is critical to connect with your child’s music teacher(s) from day one. Make sure you are delivering consistent messages about goals and practice habits. Discuss any differences of opinion, with the goal of finding common ground so that your child never feels torn.


after music lessonLesson Recap: The Key to a Successful Week of Practice

A child’s first practice session after a lesson is the most important practice of the week. Before that session occurs, get your child talking about the lesson. To the greatest extent possible, let the child be the “expert” as you play the role of curious companion. Helpful questions to ask include:

What do you remember best about the lesson?
What was your favorite thing your teacher told or showed you?
What did your teacher say that made you feel especially good?
What did you share with your teacher that was really important to you?
Do you remember something the teacher asked you to work on that seems like it will be difficult?
Did you and your teacher set any goals for the week?

If your child seems to have forgotten an important aspect of the lesson, try to lead the conversation in an open-ended way: “Did your teacher say something about keeping your fingers curved?”


Setting Up a Designated Practice Space

If possible, set up a “music corner” somewhere in your home, so that practicing becomes a special activity that happens in a special place. Children love any area that is to some degree exclusively theirs; having such a space for music shows how proud you are of your child’s undertaking. Seek their input when decorating the music corner—ideas include inspirational posters, a shelf or colorful box for music books, a smartphone or camera stand to make it easy to record videos to share with friends, and a whiteboard for noting important reminders or logging practice time.


cello girlSharing the Path: Practice Time as Parent-Child Togetherness Time

When you sit with your child during practice time, offer frequent encouragement, pointing out specific improvements you have seen over the last week or two. Once again, use guiding questions to help your child articulate successes and struggles:

What do you like most about that piece?
What part of the piece do you feel like you can play best right now?
What is hardest about playing that piece?
What kind of mood do you think the person who wrote that piece was feeling?
Can you imagine a story that would explain what that piece is about?

If your child needs new challenges for practice sessions, visit our Music, Books, and Resources page together and explore the wide array of sheet music, tools, and more to expand their repertoire.  If you are currently looking for a teacher or extra instruction outside of school music classes, West Music offers classes and individual lessons to families in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.


Focus on the Joy

There is no greater gift you can give your young musician than reminders that music brings people happiness. The sight of your face lighting up at the sound of every note and phrase will be your child’s greatest source of motivation.

Have questions? Need advice? West Music is here for you! Give our music education experts a call at 800-373-2000. 





Tags: practice, practice tips, lessons, young musician, beginner
Categories: Conservatory, Music Education
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How Music Helps Kids Excel in School
By West Music Company
9/1/2017 2:32:00 PM  

How Music Helps Kids Excel in School

The opportunity to learn to play music is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. Even if your child has no desire to become a professional musician, learning music gives them self-confidence and a lifetime of satisfaction.

There’s another, also extremely important benefit of having your child learn to play music. Musical education during childhood can positively impact cognitive development, improve social skills, and increase academic achievement through all levels of school and beyond.

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The Science Behind the Effects of Music on the Mind

Researchers at the Arts Education Partnership have compiled study results demonstrating a host of ways that music training prepares a child’s mind for success in school. Among the many mental abilities that improve through learning an instrument are:

Working memory

Forty years ago, “working memory” was a tricky concept that few people understood. Thanks to the constant presence of computers today, the idea of working memory is easy to grasp—it is basically the number of things a computer can work on at once. Receiving musical training is like getting a “memory upgrade” for the brain. A musician in an orchestra must concentrate on the fine motor skills required to play their instrument, recall any guidance the conductor has provided about the mood of the piece, remember how to decode all the symbols on the sheet music page, and be continuously alert for cues—simultaneously! That is seriously high-powered parallel processing, and developing it pays huge dividends in school.

Abstract Thinking Skills

For many children, learning to play an instrument is their first experience with abstract thinking. It is easy to learn that drinking water relieves your thirst. It is more complicated to learn that putting your fingers in a specific position while performing a specific action with your breath or with a bow produces the note G—the connection between the action and the outcome is far from obvious. Comprehending this kind of indirect connection is the essence of abstract thinking, and the value of such thinking skills, especially in math and science, it is enormous.


So much has been written about the ever-shortening attention spans of both kids and adults that it seems like there must be no one left who can pay attention long enough to read stores, let alone text books. Music provides exceptional training in sustained concentration. Whether your child is practicing an exercise using sheet music, performing a recital piece from memory, or playing chords on a guitar while singing a folk song, there is no space for a lapse in attention. As a result, children who study music develop the ability to focus on a task more keenly, more deeply, and for a longer period of time than non-musicians.


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Emotional & Psychological Benefits Key to Success

One of the most difficult life lessons to learn is the difference between what is possible right now and what will become possible over time through dedicated effort. For a young musician, understanding that distinction becomes second nature almost from the very first moment they come in contact with an instrument. After all, even the most naturally gifted musicians on Earth have at some point made a mess of a piece before ultimately mastering it.

No musician, young or old, can just decide to be great tomorrow. Although, all musicians can be better tomorrow if they put in the work today. The chance to discover the boundless rewards of persistence may well be the most important reason that students who study music do better in school than non-musicians.

As young musicians advance through levels of skill, they learn the valuable companion lesson that criticism is not something to be feared and most certainly not a reason to feel shame. They learn that a correction from a teacher is an expression of faith in their ability to do better. It is a great feeling to send children off to school knowing that the inevitable criticisms their work will receive will inspire rather than dishearten them.


America Knows Music Matters in School

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Over 71% of Americans believe that music education fosters the development of skills, such as creativity and leadership, that are vital to success in a wide variety of fields. A whopping 80% say that musical training contributes to lifelong personal fulfillment. Possibly more than any other pursuit, music gives your child the keys to the halls of knowledge and the foundation for a rewarding career. No matter your child’s age, the value of music lessons in promoting academic achievement and overall well-being is like music itself, truly beyond words.

For more about this topic including ideas on how to introduce babies and young children to music, read our blog The Benefits of Music Education in Childhood Development.

Tags: music education, school success, memory, self-confidence, cognitive development
Categories: Music Advocacy, Music Education
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Alice Golden - A Teacher and a Friend
By West Music Company
8/28/2017 12:39:00 PM  
Alice GoldenChris Eck is the Director of Music Education at West Music. He worked with Alice Golden for many years before her recent passing. He offers these words in memoriam:

"West Music would like to express what a privilege it was to know and work with Alice. She was a true leader in this educational community, sharing her gifts and expertise with hundreds of lucky people. She was a music teacher for over 30 years, half of which were right here in our Lessons studios at our West Music stores. Before her retirement earlier this year, West Music was a second home to Alice.  We’re so grateful for her incredible partnership in our mission. We will be working closely with her family and colleagues to honor her memory and the legacy of her amazing life. 

On a personal note, like many of you reading this my heart is very heavy with the news of her passing. Alice always had a smile and showed her tremendous heart to everyone she met. I’ve never known a teacher who gave so much caring attention and encouragement! She gave the same love freely to those she worked with, met on the street, talked to at the coffee shop, friends…a uniquely bright and naturally giving person who can never be replaced in this world. We miss and love you, Miss Alice."

Alice F. Golden, 71, of Iowa City, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Alice was born on July 24, 1946 in Iowa City, the daughter of Delmar and Goldie (Miller) Bender. Alice received her B.A. in vocal music from Goshen College. She taught vocal music, worked as a children’s librarian, and then taught piano to many beloved students at West Music for many years. Alice loved nature. She worked at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center in Wolf Lake, Indiana for many years; Alice taught groups of children about insects, birds, maple syrup gathering, swamps, trees, flowers and all nature in general. She treasured those years. She loved the woods and often took long walks in them, surrounded by nature.

She loved music of all kinds, playing piano, playing French horn, and singing. She loved concerts, plays, musicals, dance and all of the arts. 

Alice was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved her family and friends deeply. She loved reading, especially children's literature. She loved going to The Java House and was great friends with the baristas there, as well as other friends she met there. From the Manifesto she wrote in 2015, "she loved dogs, friendly people, children, babies, smiles, clouds, blue skies, stormy skies, trees, flowers, grass, making bouquets, good authors, good books, seeing beauty in small things and the grandeur of large things like sunsets and sunrises, songs of childhood, cicadas, spring peepers, holidays, and when people say, 'I love you.'"

Alice is survived by her loving children: Susanna Golden, Kirstin Golden and Peter (Christine) Golden; her three grandchildren: Zoe Rogers, Ethan Maltes and Penelope Golden; her siblings: Ginny (Ken) Rew, John (Cathy) Bender, Les (Kathy) Bender and Laurie Bender; her nephew, Brad (Bridgette) Rew and their child, Madeleine Wehmeyer; and her niece, Molly Rew and her children, Rosalía and Jesús Escalera Rew. Alice is also survived by numerous friends and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Delmar and Goldie Bender. Memorials may be directed to the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. 

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