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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 to know if you are considering starting ukulele with your students... 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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8/18/2017 4:13:00 PM  
Playing and listening to music raises all sorts of fascinating questions about how sound works. Questions like these open the door to the wondrous science of acoustics. Read More



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8/4/2017 12:01:00 PM  
The trumpet (and its very close cousin the cornet horn) add pep to any band. We are very excited that you have chosen it as your instrument! Whether you are a new music student or a parent of a music student... Read More



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8/4/2017 10:51:00 AM  
Congratulations on choosing to play the trombone. Whether you are new to playing music, new to the trombone, or a parent of a new music student, you will want to know these basics soon after.. Read More



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8/4/2017 10:38:00 AM  
Both the alto and tenor saxophones are part of the woodwind family, both use wooden reeds to create sound, and both make excellent beginner instruments! The major difference is that the tenor sax is larger than the alto and produces lower... Read More



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8/3/2017 1:01:00 PM  
Percussionists play some of the most dynamic and exciting pieces of a musical performance. Percussion instruments range from enormous bass drums to tiny finger cymbals, but the three most common percussion instruments in beginning school bands and... Read More



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8/1/2017 4:30:00 PM  
Even though it’s made of metal, your French horn is delicate and should be handled with care. Follow these instructions or the instructions given to you by your music director to prevent damaging the instrument. Read More



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8/1/2017 3:27:00 PM  
Flutes and variations of flutes have been played not only all over the world, but all throughout history. Archeologists have even found flutes made from bone and played by cavemen! As a music student, or a parent of a music student, you will want to know these basics... Read More



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8/1/2017 2:47:00 PM  
The oboe is both a challenging and rewarding instrument to learn. Whether you are new to playing music, new to the oboe, or a parent of a music student, you will want to know these basics soon after receiving your instrument. Read More



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8/1/2017 1:52:00 PM  

We are happy to announce Rod Pierson, Brad Carter, Dick Dott, Marica Fuller, and Tianna Streeter (the Liberty Team) as our West Music July 2017 Associates of the Month! No challenge is too big for this team and this one was a doozy! Read More




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8/1/2017 1:38:00 PM  
Congratulations on choosing to play the clarinet. Whether you are new to playing music in general, new to the clarinet, or a parent of a music student, you will want to know these basics soon after receiving your instrument. Read More



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7/31/2017 4:18:00 PM  
Congratulations on choosing to play the alto saxophone. The saxophone, or “sax” as it’s often called, can be seen in all types of music including jazz. As a music student, or a parent of a music student, you will want to know these basics soon after... Read More



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7/31/2017 2:21:00 PM  
The viola is the alto voice of the orchestral string world; it is in a lower pitch that violin, but higher pitch than the cello. It is also an excellent first instrument, because it's available in fractional sizes, allowing children to size up as... Read More



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7/30/2017 10:20:00 AM  
West Music President & CEO, Robin Walenta, has been named Chair of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Executive Committee. Walenta’s appointment was confirmed by unanimous vote at the industry’s annual mid-year gathering, the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee. Read More



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7/27/2017 10:15:00 AM  
Congratulations on choosing to play the baritone or euphonium horn. While not quite as well-known as other instruments in the band, these large brass instruments pack a powerful musical punch. Whether you are new to music, new to the baritone/euphonium... Read More



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7/26/2017 11:32:00 AM  
Congratulations on choosing the violin! It is an excellent first instrument for young musicians because it's available in fractional sizes, allowing children to size up as they grow. As a music student, or a parent of a music student, you will want to know these basics... Read More



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7/15/2017 2:56:00 PM  
Congratulations on choosing the cello! The cello (rhymes with Jell-O) is the second largest member of the stringed instrument family and produces a wonderful deep tone. As a music student, or a parent of a music student, you will want to know these... Read More



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7/14/2017 10:35:00 AM  
As the fireworks subside and summer gives way to marching band camps, we pause to pay homage to the classic march. Fireworks may bring forth all the "oohs" and "ahs", but Fourth of July celebrations wouldn’t be the same without the heart-pounding rhythms of marching bands... Read More



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7/6/2017 3:23:00 PM  
Congratulations on choosing the bass! The bass (pronounced base like in baseball) is the largest and deepest sounding instrument in the stringed instrument family. As a music student, or a parent of a music student, you will want to know these basics... Read More



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7/1/2017 2:17:00 PM  

We are pleased to announce the June 2017 Associate of the Month! Since transitioning from our General Music department last summer, Erik has sold his way into one of the top combo sales spots in the company. He’s sold $100k of gear in 2017 alone! Erik is very customer focused and has... Read More.




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7/1/2017 1:01:00 AM  
Maryann "Mary Mo" Hinman started teaching at a young age in high school. “We had a "band buddy" system at Independence High where talented high school students would teach the elementary and middle school students private lessons. At one point... Read More



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