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10/8/2016 8:00:00 AM  

Join us for a week of fun and celebration of Steinway & Sons pianos!

Please mark your calendars for October 9th – October 15 and get ready for this year’s Steinway Extravaganza! We are pleased to announce this year that we will back to our roots, and hosting a large portion of events at the University of Iowa School of Music in downtown Iowa City. We are very proud to be able to help introduce the School of Music to our local musical communities.

As always, the Extravaganza will feature a series of concerts and recitals highlighting our wonderful University of Iowa piano faculty and your students. This year, we are honored to host three very special opportunities to hear internationally renowned Steinway artists, Anderson and Roe! They will perform on Friday, October 14 at 7:30pm. Find out more about this dynamic duo at andersonroe.com.

This year’s calendar of events:

Sunday, October 9
  • 3:00pm – The University of Iowa piano faculty in concert presenting Bach’s “8 hands, 4 pianos” at the Music Building Concert Hall.
Thursday, October 13
  • 7:00pm – Anderson and Roe Meet and Greet Opportunity at West Music Coralville. Meet the artists, purchase memorabilia, like signed CDs, and experience an intimate concert from Anderson and Roe incorporating the new Steinway player piano system, Spirio.
Friday, October 14
  • 10:30am – Piano Pedagogy Workshop at the University of Iowa School of Music Building.
  • 7:30pm – Anderson and Roe in Concert at the University of Iowa School Music Building Concert Hall.
Saturday, October 15
  • 10:30am – Master class with Anderson and Roe and University of Iowa piano faculty at the School of Music Building.
  • 1:00pm – Informal student recital at the Senate Chamber in the Old Capitol.
  • 2:30pm – Formal/advanced student recital at the Senate Chamber in the Old Capitol.

We will have a large selection of Steinway and Sons, Boston, and Essex pianos displayed at West Music Coralville all week with special-event pricing!


Tickets for Anderson and Roe in Concert are $15/adults and $5/students and are available through the Hancher Box Office.

Purchase Tickets Here

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10/7/2016 9:27:00 AM  

Marion, IA – October 6, 2016
– West Music Cedar Rapids will host a Grand Re-Opening Ceremony on Thursday, October 6 beginning at 4:30 pm at West Music Cedar Rapids, located at 1398 Twixt Town Road in Marion, IA. The public is welcome to attend and enjoy refreshments as well as tours of the renovated storefront. Brief comments from Ryan West, Senior Vice President, will begin at 5:15 pm with a ribbon cutting following. Marion Chamber Ambassadors will assist with the event. For more information, contact Eric Douglas, West Music Cedar Rapids Store Manager at 319-377-9100 or edouglas@westmusic.com.

West Music recently rebranded and unveiled a new logo and brand guidelines, after close work with creative agency, North Forty. The West Music Cedar Rapids store is the first of seven locations that will receive renovations, including repainting, new exterior signage, and interior merchandising and displays. The entire company rebrand will take three years.

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10/4/2016 8:00:00 AM  
We are happy to announce the Piano Delivery Team, Jeff Weimar and Adam Miller, as our West Music Associates of the Month!

The West Music Piano Delivery Team and Receivers at the Fullfillment Center helped move a mountain of pianos this past month, getting the University of Iowa School of Music ready for their own back to school season. Not only did the team unbox, prep, and deliver a huge number of new Yamaha uprights, Clavinovas, and Steinway grands, they also collected and consolidated, the university pianos that have been living in various university facilities over the last eight years.

The Piano Delivery Team was instrumental in saving a large number of pianos during the floods of 2008 for the University of Iowa and the return of the pianos to the School of Music marks the completion of all the hard work the team does every day.

It's been a busy time to balance all of the customer requests during this busy season, but the fact that many customers are willing to wait for Jeff and Adam's exopertise is a testament to the care they take on every move to make sure the customer is satisfied.

Congratulations, Jeff and Adam! Keep up the fantastic work and thank you for all you do.

As told by Ryan West,
Senior Vice President

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9/2/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Aubryn is a freshman at City High School in Iowa City. She has studied cello with Christina Gentzsch for 4 years and has also had a year of voice lessons with Jessica Saunders. Her musical goals are to get into All State Orchestra during high school. She would also like to pursue a degree in music or the arts.

Aubryn has a great perspective on music! We asked her what she loves about playing music and she responded, “The way that I feel afterwards and while I’m playing. If I’m stressed, worried, nervous, or even overly excited, I start to sing or play my cello and I come out calmer and ready to take whatever’s next. I also love making music, not just playing notes on a page. The difference is hard to learn and apply, but when I succeed, it’s amazing.” Her advice to other musicians is to keep playing even when it gets challenging and to repeat things over and over until you have it. Her favorite artist is Lindsey Stirling, and she loves instrumental music as well as 80’s music.

Activities that Aubryn enjoys include orchestra, cross country and track (and running “just for the heck of it”), fencing, dance, engineering and math, reading and language arts. She has studied Tae Kwon Do since she was 4 ½ years old and earned her 3rd degree black belt just before turning 10 years old!

Congratulations, Aubryn!

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9/2/2016 8:00:00 AM  

Miriam graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in Music Education and Oboe performance in 2009. She currently is the principal oboe for the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra and plays with various church ensembles. She also is an elementary school general music teacher in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She has taught private music lessons since 2004 instructing elementary, middle school, and high school age students on oboe, piano, and alto saxophone. Lessons are tailored to fit each student's personal interests and musical abilities. Miriam enjoys working with students who are excited about music and enjoy learning.

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9/2/2016 8:00:00 AM  

Mitsuko is originally from Japan and began her piano studies at the age of five. In 2009, she came to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance. Continuing her education at the University of Illinois, she received her Masters degree in Piano Performance and Literature in 2015. She is currently finishing a second Masters degree in Piano Pedagogy and will graduate in December.

Mitsuko has won several school competitions, been a busy accompanist for several organizations, and served as a piano instructor for the UIUC piano laboratory program.

Sharing her native language and love of teaching, Mitsuko served as a Japanese Teaching Assistant at UIUC for three years.

She is excited to share all of her years of learning with our students and families, and we’re excited to have her as a Nancy Cree Keyboard Learning Center teacher!

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9/2/2016 8:00:00 AM  

Mark Armstrong is a published poet and author, interweaving his story telling with original songs. Mark's songwriting was influenced by the styles of Gordon Lightfoot and Greg Brown. He has worn many hats in his lifetime, including running his own business for 25 years, and has a wealth of experiences from which to draw his material. Mark has been teaching guitar and ukulele in his home studio and at West Music Decorah for just over a year, and has enjoyed the experience immensely. Having started playing music at age 42, Mark is proof that it is never too late to learn and enjoy the power of making music!

When not playing one of his many instruments or writing songs, Mark enjoys foraging, hunting, and spending time with his lovely wife and their pets. Mark's music can be enjoyed at local farmers' markets, open mic nights, and the ukulele club that he helped start in the spring of 2016. In his own words, Mark loves "how music can touch and communicate with people." His original song "Ice Cream" that is about Alzheimer's has touched many people everywhere that Mark has shared it. Join Mark for one of his fun and laid back group classes starting October 8, 2016. Ask an associate for more details.

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8/26/2016 8:00:00 AM  
We are happy to announce Ryan Seaba as our West Music July 2016 Associate of the Month! Ryan’s hard work this past summer has not gone unnoticed.

As a Customer Service Representative in our General Music department, Ryan works with our customers on a daily basis. His recent follow-through on an order caught the attention of the customer. Ryan was processing web orders and noticed back-toback duplicate orders by the same customer. He reached out to the customer to verify and followed up with tracking information. He received the following response: “Thank you for contacting me Ryan. No, it was unintentional and I appreciate that you cancelled the second order. I will remember this kindness. The gathering drum arrived today and we love it! We’re using it in our dance studio and I’m confident that it will bring a lot of smile. Thank you for your excellent customer service!”
Dionne, Happy Customer

Ryan has also recently begun recording our monthly Messages on Hold, for both the General Music division and our retail locations. He has worked back and forth between IT and the Marketing department to understand his new responsibilities. “Since Ryan assumed the role of “Voice of West Music” last month, and now handles recording our Message on Hold, he has executed his role over and above, by not only recording beautiful voiceovers from the scripts, but adding his own originally composed music covering many different genres. Thanks Ryan for your terrific and unique contribution to your role as Voice of West Music!”
As told by Lisa Lafler,
Director of Marketing

Congratulations, Ryan! Keep up the fantastic work andthank you for all you do.

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8/16/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Check out our recent piece published this past weekend in the Cedar Rapids Gazette - a celebration of all things West Music and our rich 75 year history. We thank you, our loyal customers, for 75 great years and look forward to 75 more!

Celebrating West Music - making music for 75 years!

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8/2/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Octavia Barbulescu is a flute student of Laura Phillips. She is in the 9th grade at Linn Mar High School in Marion and has studied with Laura for only 15 months! Laura nominated Octavia for Musician of the Month because she is highly motivated and works hard, which results in progress from basics to fully advanced flute technique. She earns outstanding ratings at competitions and challenges herself to play the hardest parts well in ensembles.

Octavia's musical goal is to get into All State and the top band in her school. Her advice to other musicians is to love the instrument and music you play- and remember to practice and work hard. She loves getting attached to the music. It makes the music feel personal.

Octavia plays piano as well and plays flute at West Music’s annual Celtic Camp. Her hobbies include writing, reading and playing video games. Her favorite musicians are Mozart, Troge Sivan, Of Monsters and Men and Melanie Martinez.

Congratulations, Octavia!

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8/2/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Kari Sicard teaches voice and piano here at West Music Cedar Rapids. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Piano Performance from Wartburg College. Kari started playing piano when she was three. Her older brothers were all having lessons and she would copy them and practice their songs.

Kari has taught in the Central City Community School District as the K-5 music teacher from 1996-1998. She has taught at West Music since 1998. Currently Kari is the music director at King of Kings Lutheran Church. She plays and sings for weddings and funerals.

Kari loves teaching all ages because she loves sharing her love of music with others. Kari loves experiencing the moments when her students discover they can really make music! She says, “Everything is interesting when you are a teacher.”

In her down time Kari loves spending time with her two daughters, Grace and Hope.

Click here to get 50% off lesson registration with Kari Sicard through August!

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8/2/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Gabriella "GG" Gilbert has been taking piano lessons with Deb Story for six years. She started with piano and soon switched to vocal. It was definitely her calling. Since then, she has done everything from learning the correct pronunciation of latin, to singing Disney to Gwen Stefani to country music. Right now, she is working on becoming a tribal law lawyer. She is in her sophomore year at Scott Community College.

This winter, Gabriella is auditioning for The Voice. She advises all musicians to work really hard. When it gets complicated, keep going. But more importantly, to look past your ego. She says that yes, she is really talented, but there is always more to learn and it's very important to be able to admit that to yourself and to others. 

"GG Has a great work and practice ethic.  She's always ready.  Her range is amazing.  She dedicates herself to music 110% all the time."

Congratulations, Gabriella!

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7/8/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Author Brent M. Gault explains the concepts behind his book Listen Up! Fostering Musicianship Through Active Listening

All individuals respond to music through listening. Since music listening is such a universal part of life, and the skills fostered through critical listening to music can transfer to many other areas, making listening an area of focus in a music curriculum is logical.

In elementary general music settings, children learn actively through direct experience with given concepts. As a result, it makes sense to approach listening instruction actively by using other musical behaviors (singing, moving, chanting, creating) and aural, visual, and kinesthetic learning modes as a way to develop a deeper connection with musical material while fostering musical skills and introducing or reinforcing musical concepts.

Listen Up! provides sample experiences that utilize music excerpts as a means of not only providing an opportunity for children to listen and experience given pieces of music, but to also foster musical skills and reinforce given musical concepts (rhythm, melody, form) that are prominent in the chosen selections. In addition to providing an overview of the planning process for developing these types of lessons and providing sample experiences for 23 specific pieces, a companion website includes Power Point presentations to accompany each experience that provide visual material students can view and respond to as they listen. The site also includes sample videos demonstrating some of the listen experiences and a link to a Spotify playlist that includes musical recordings.

The listening lessons in this book developed through my own exploration of active ways to introduce wonderful music to children. I have spent the last 20 years developing these ideas and utilizing them with children and teachers. Having the opportunity to put these together in one collection is extremely exciting, and I hope the book serves not only as a resource for existing lessons, but can also provide ideas that can be applied to other pieces of music.

-Brent Gault

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7/6/2016 8:00:00 AM  
At West Music Quad Cites, we have affectionately called him “Dan the Man” since he joined the West Music family right before Christmas 2015. In just six short months, Daniel Richmond has quickly become an integral and influential member of our staff and our entire company. Daniel has made the West Music experience extraordinary for many customers and with the school year fast approaching, we know he’s just getting started!

Additionally, Daniel has identified opportunities with key centers of influence throughout the Quad Cities, as well as an opportunity for clarinet step-up sales. His extensive musical knowledge and outstanding musicianship is a key factor to his success - you should hear him play the piano!

Cathy Miller had this to say about Daniel as well: “Daniel’s knowledge of the clarinet and motivation to translate his knowledge into sales at West Music is nothing short of inspiring! He clearly cares deeply about serving the clarinet community to the best of his ability. It’s been such a pleasure to work with Daniel as he explores the possibilities for growth in this area!”

Additionally, Daniel leads by example. His professionalism and integrity are evident and influential by all who work with him. It’s a joy to watch him work with our customers. He is excellent at qualifying and identifying discerning needs, and when it comes to beginners starting their new instrument, Daniel’s enthusiasm for making music is particularly contagious with those students!

Congratulations, Daniel! Keep up the fantastic work and thank you for all you do!

As told by Patrick Downing,
West Music Quad Cities Store Manager

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7/6/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Ella has studied violin with Gayla Drake for 3 years.  She was nominated as the Musician of the Month because of her hard work and accomplishments this year.   She recently focused on preparing for an audition for her school talent show, was selected to perform and played the piece perfectly!

Ella is 10 years old and will be in the 5th grade next year at Coralville Central elementary school.   In addition to the violin, she plays soccer and enjoys writing.   She also excels at math and scored very high on her advanced placement tests this spring. 

Ella’s older brother, Erik, also studied violin with Gayla Drake.  Gayla has this to say about working with Ella: “I love working with Ella, she's smart and creative, and has such interesting taste in music! She once commented that she was impressed by the ability to create a piece of music from an idea or emotion. Being a composer, that got me excited, because that's where music composition starts. I can't wait to see what Ella does with music during the remainder of her school years and beyond.” 

Congratulations, Ella! 

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7/6/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Sarah King is an alto saxophone student of Laura Phillips. She has been studying with Laura for 1 year. She attends Xavier High School and is in the 11th grade.

Laura nominated Sarah because she is an outstanding, hardworking saxophonist. Her honors include: solo saxophone in her school’s jazz band which was a wild card competitor at State Jazz, her ensemble’s Division 1 rating at state solo/ensemble, and selection as drum major for next year’s marching band!  She has graduated to advanced level method books and knows ALL her scales.

Some of her goals are to lead by her own example of excellent performance skills, and her relevant interactive and peer leadership skills.

Sarah loves music because she likes how it feels when she can lose herself in playing music. She is in the concert band, jazz band, and pit orchestra at Xavier. She also participates in track. Her musical goal is to be better in music than she is now. Her advice to other musicians is, “Don’t quit band!”

In her free time Sarah enjoys working out and the music of Beethoven, Bruno Mars, pop and classical music. You also might be surprised to learn that Sarah was born in Florida!

Congratulations, Sarah!

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7/6/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Katrina just finished her sophomore year of high school and has been taking violin lessons from Mykal Finch for nine months. Katrina's teacher has high praise for her:

"Katrina is one of the kindest and hardest working people I know. She is so passionate about her music and is always eager to learn and improve. She has made great strides in her playing and shows a lot of musical promise. It is a joy and a privilege to work with such a great student!"

Katrina is a very active individual, participating in volleyball, softball, art club as well as keeping up with her schoolwork. When she is not practicing her violin, Katrina also enjoys drawing, watercoloring, reading, photography, traveling, and listening to music. Her passion for all she loves to do really shines through!

Katrina loves music, especially electronic and dance. She has aspirations of expanding her musical abilities and someday learning to also play the piano, guitar, and drums. Katrina loves to make music so much because "of how music can bring a smile to peoples' faces and make their hearts flutter and give them goosebumps when they really like a song." Katrina wants other musicians and aspiring musicians to know that "it's never too late to learn something new. You can accomplish even the hardest of things so long as you want to."

Way to go, Katrina!

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7/6/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Jessica has been performing since she was seven and teaching privately since 2007. Growing up, she competed in the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair for fifteen years. She was a Sprout Champion in 1999 and a Senior Finalist in 2007. She loves the competition because it gives youth all over the state the opportunity to perform and practice their craft. Saunders and her students have appeared in multiple productions with City Circle Community Theatre, Young Footlighters, Iowa City Community Theatre and other groups.  In addition to private lessons instruction and community performance, she works as an adjunct vocal music professor at Waldorf College.

Jessica is finishing work on her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of Iowa. She currently holds her Master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College.

Jessica teaches both classical voice and musical theater style to students of varying skill levels from sages 6 to adult. She believes in building confidence in her students and strives to work with each student to explore their individual skills and talents.

Click here to get 50% off lesson registration with Jessica Saunders through July!

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7/6/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Melinda Leasman has been teaching piano and violin since 2010. In 2011 she began teaching at QC Rock Academy and in 2012, she received her BA in music from St. Ambrose and began teaching here at West Music Quad Cities. She started playing piano when she was 8, and when she was 10, she started violin. She is currently working as a Dental Assistant for MyoTech Dental. She also is playing keys in a band called Tambourine. 

When asked about her hobbies and interests, she responded “Raising my beautiful daughter Alita. Spending as much time outside as possible: Hiking, kayaking, long walks on the... Wait never mind I live in Iowa. “ 

She is very excited about the opportunity to see Paul McCartney live in August and hopes it will be as inspirational as seeing Aretha Franklin wailing it out on stage in Sioux City in 2015. Melinda is quirky, outgoing and very fun.  She loves teaching and works hard to make her student love what they do. She loves that moment when the student’s eyes light up and they really grasp a new concept or technique for the first time and how they really fall in love with their instrument as they progress and understand their instrument.

You can find Melinda on Facebook at Facebook.com/leasmanmusic. 

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7/6/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Ryan Swedean is a low brass instructor here at West Music Cedar Rapids. He received his Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from the University of South Dakota. He has done graduate work in trombone performance at North Dakota State University and has his Masters in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Ryan has taught lessons or band in a large setting in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, South Dakota and Iowa.

Ryan started in 4th grade on trumpet and shortly thereafter switched to euphonium. In high school he switched to tuba which he still plays in the Eastern Iowa Brass Band. In college he switched to playing trombone. He substitute teaches in various school districts around Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.

Ryan has just recently moved to Cedar Rapids so does not have a lot of performances here yet but he does play with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band. He has played with The Beach Boys, Train and for a presidential inauguration. In his spare time he likes to watch Netflix with his wife and plays with his dog.

His favorite thing about teaching is seeing a student’s face when they make the real sound of their instrument. One of his most interesting experiences includes teaching in one of the poorest counties in the country.

Click here to get 50% off lesson registration with Ryan Swedean through July!

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6/1/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Joshua and Joseph Kennedy were nominated as musicians of the month by their piano teacher Dorothy Thomas.  These brothers are 3rd and 4th graders at Coralville Central elementary and have been studying piano with Dorothy for five months.  Joseph also studies guitar with Chris Dimond.

Their musical goal is to learn to play and worship in church with their instruments.  They love playing music because it is fun!  Their favorite genre of music is Christian contemporary and instrumental. 

Joseph’s other interests include guitar, soccer, basketball and football.  Joshua likes sports video games and also playing sports and reading.

Their instructor has this to say about their nomination:

“The Kennedy brothers deserve recognition for their work in past studies as well as in lessons with me.  They practice and come to lessons prepared, and they always sound very musical.  They listen to what they play with an ear to improve.” 

Congratulations, Joshua and Joseph!

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6/1/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Don Kappaert first tried guitar when he was very young.   Eventually, his parents encouraged him to join band instead.  He tried clarinet and could not stop thinking about that guitar.  He loved it.  As time went on, he went about his life as most people do.  He works at John Deere as an IT manager, runs triathlons, does woodworking, kayaks, bikes, swims, and anything else that keeps him moving.  His passion for acoustic guitar was reinvigorated and he encouraged his two sons to take guitar lessons.   About a year and a half ago, after they had lost interest, he decided to take out his very first guitar and have at it.  "I'm finishing a challenge...I know I can do it if I work hard enough." So he enrolled with lessons with Dana Starkell. 

Don's passion and hard work is why we have nominated him for Musician of the Month.  Every week, he shows up a half hour to an hour early to practice in the hall or in a studio or wherever he can sit and play.  It's truly amazing.  Even with a full time job at John Deere, running five miles every day and everything else he does on the daily, he still manages to find time to practice at least an hour and a half each day, and on weekends up to three hours in a day! 

When asked what his advice to other musicians is, he responded with "You just gotta love it.  If you don't love it, don't do it."  
His musical goals are to really focus on the musicality and "Go as far as I can as fast as I can."  He is incredibly driven and his favorite part is learning the bare bones of a song or a technique and turning it into a song.  He finds it easy and worth while to find time to practice because he sees how all of it pays off.  

"With the energy and curiosity of a teenager his 1/2 hour lesson seems to fly by in about five minutes. Don’s a shining example of what can be achieved with true determination and passion. Within a relatively short amount of time he has gone from beginner to musician."

Congratulations, Don!

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6/1/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Frances Jackson is a student in the studio of Andrea Alert at West Music Cedar Falls. She has been with Andrea for one year, taking lessons on the violin.

Andrea has nominated Frances because she plays with a joyful heart, is not afraid to start new pieces, and loves to compose her own music.

Frances plans to play in school orchestra, and also plans to learn the ukulele and piano.  What Frances loves most about music is that it is something she can share with her brother who plays the saxophone. Frances' advice to other musicians is, "If the music is hard to learn, play something easy that you enjoy to play, give your mom a violin lesson, then go back to the difficult piece and do it slowly." 

Frances' favorite musician is Niccolo Paganini.

Frances also loves to write and illustrate her own stories, play Legos with her brother, spend time with friends, and downhill ski. Something about Frances that may surprise you is that she has a miniature Rex bunny named Prissie who is all white and has beautiful, big black eyes. 

Congratulations on all your hard work, Frances!

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6/1/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Discover opportunities through change is one of the core values of West Music. This dynamic duo embraced this value as they planned, prepared, and implemented our new band and orchestra rent-to-own program.

April Humphrey and Katie Senn have been the champions of our new customer-centric campaign. They took the time necessary to research beginning school music programs from some of the top retailers around the country. Then they took this detailed information and workshopped concepts with an internal cross-functional team to create our new and comprehensive program. Once the program was outlined, April and Katie worked together to create valuable training materials for all West Music associates and display helpers that interact with customers in our communities.

Finally, they spent traveling to all locations to train and re-label all student-level inventory. I can confidently say that West Music is now well prepared for a successful spring rental season, in large part to April and Katie’s efforts.

Thank you April and Katie for all you continue to do to help our customers play now and play for life!

As told by Robin Walenta,

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6/1/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Bassist Danny Oline studied music at the University of Northern Iowa under the incredible care of Dr. Robert Washut and Christopher Merz. While there he performed with the nationally acclaimed University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One and had the opportunity to play with many jazz greats like Dick Oatts, Bobby Shew, Peter Erskine, Ray Anderson, and Byron Stripling.

Recently Danny has been playing with the Grace Leong Quintet and adjudicating for the 2015 SEIBA Jazz Festival.

Danny plays all styles of music, but jazz and Latin American music remain his biggest influences. He can currently be seen around Iowa playing with Orquesta Alto Maiz, Jim Dreier’s Ritmocano, and many other local jazz musicians.

When not actively playing, Danny finds great joy in helping students of all ages explore music.

Click here to get 50% off lesson registration with Danny Oline through June!

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