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11/20/2017 8:50:00 AM  
FACT #1: Thanksgiving brings whole families together like no other holiday. FACT #2: Turkeys take a very, very long time to cook. Put those facts together, and it’s clear that you’ll need some fun activities to keep the whole family engaged. What better way to promote family... Read More



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11/11/2017 11:12:00 AM  
Every day we are surrounded by facts about the amazing life benefits of music education. One additional way that we as parents can show our commitment to building a musical life for our children is to work with independent professional teachers in a private, individualized lessons program. Read More.



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11/6/2017 8:57:00 AM  
KALA radio held a broadcast about Charles Harper, a veteran who was invited to their station to transfer his old recordings into a digital format. As a young man, Harper was a proficient musician and received an opportunity to attend Julliard School of Music... Read More



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11/1/2017 5:08:00 AM  
Helena is 6th grade student in our West Music Lessons program. She has studied flute with Rose Bishop for 2 years, ukulele with Chris Eck for 2 years, and violin with William and Donald Gentzsch for 4 years. She enjoys band, orchestra and aerial dance. Read More



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11/1/2017 4:57:00 AM  
Holly Larson is a piano student of Chuck Michaelson here at West Music in Marion/Cedar Rapids. She has been studying with Chuck for 5 months. She attends school at St. Matthews and is in the 4th grade. Chuck nominated Holly because, "She has a lot of enthusiasm..." Read More



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11/1/2017 3:51:00 AM  
We are pleased to announce the September 2017 Associate of the Month! Much gratitude and appreciation goes out to Angela Cox for her positive attitude and outstanding efforts during our very busy production seasons of catalog, Back To School, and on into Holiday. Read More



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10/25/2017 2:54:00 PM  
Proper maintenance is essential to keeping your brass wind instrument in top condition. While different instruments have their own parts and design, their care is very much the same. All brass instruments require cleaning and careful handling. Here's some tips! Read More



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10/25/2017 2:12:00 PM  
Proper maintenance is essential to keeping your woodwind instrument in top playing condition. While each instrument in the woodwind family is unique and need their own care kits, some maintenance is universal. All woodwinds need regular cleaning and careful handling. Read More



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10/23/2017 5:41:00 AM  

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! Read More




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10/19/2017 4:33:00 PM  
West Music Decorah is proud to present the newest member of our teaching team, BRIANNE ANDERSON. Extensive experience in orchestral, band, and solo performances as well as flute choir and other small ensembles provides Ms. Anderson with a well-rounded approach to flute playing. Read More



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10/19/2017 3:11:00 PM  
Emma Schmelzer is a 6th grader who has been taking violin lessons at West Music for two years. In addition to her violin studies, Emma also plays the flute in the school band. Emma was recently awarded the title of Winneshiek County Little Miss Cowgirl... Read More



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10/18/2017 11:43:00 AM  

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. Today, we celebrate Sweetest Day by finding little ways to remind all the special people in our lives how much they are appreciated. Read More




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10/15/2017 1:53:00 PM  
Excelling as a professional saxophonist, clarinetist, and flautist, Saul Lubaroff stands as a central cog in the Eastern Iowa music scene. Read More



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10/10/2017 3:27:00 PM  

There are 4 sizes of ukuleles – soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.  The smallest of these, the soprano, is the most common for beginners.  This is due to it having the lowest cost of the bunch, making it ... Read More




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10/9/2017 9:21:00 AM  

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.” Read More




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10/2/2017 5:39:00 PM  

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...Read More




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10/1/2017 3:33:00 PM  
Carter Smith has been a piano student of Emily Walter at West Music Des Moines Piano Gallery for 5 years. He is an 8th grader in the Urbandale Community School District. Some of Carter’s school activities include participation in band, jazz band, show choir, cross country, rock climbing, theatre, and drum lessons. Read More



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10/1/2017 2:13:00 PM  
We are pleased to announce that Sam Marchuck, music education consultant, is our 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.  Read more



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10/1/2017 7:12:00 AM  
Lora 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... Read More



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10/1/2017 6:48:00 AM  
Evan 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." Read More



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9/20/2017 6:19:00 AM  
Are you looking to start a Ukulele Program in your school but not sure where to start? You don’t need to be an accomplished guitar/ukulele player, or have a big budget to add ukulele to your curriculum. Here is what you need... Read More



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9/13/2017 4:34:00 PM  
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 ... Read More



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9/1/2017 2:32:00 PM  

Musical education during childhood can positively impact cognitive development, improve social skills, and increase academic achievement through all levels of school and beyond. Read More




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8/28/2017 12:39:00 PM  
Chris 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. Read More



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8/23/2017 2:57:00 PM  
It’s been said a trillion times, and for good reason: practice is absolutely essential for growth as a musician. You can never expect to grow if you don’t understand the value of a good practice session. Marathon runners exercise every day in order to... Read More



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