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Exciting New Items in the 2013-2014 West Music Catalog!
By Jennifer Winegarden
8/1/2013 10:50:00 AM

It’s that time of year again – the new West Music catalog is out!  It’s our biggest, and we think best, yet! I am going to highlight a few of the new products that we added this year, but remember when flipping through the catalog that all of the new products will have a NEW! badge next to them.

Korogi Desktop Series Xylophones

On page 28, you will find Korogi Desktop Series Xylophones. These instruments are great for the beginning percussion student as they are smaller and more portable than full sized marimbas. However, they are produced with the same guidelines as the finest Korogi marimbas and are made of Honduras Padouk and Karinwood.  Bags and stands are sold separately and can also be found on page 28.
Korogi Desktop Series X37K 3.0 Octave Karinwood Xylophone
Korogi Desktop Series EKO32 2.6 Octave Padouk Xylophone

Hohner Accordions

Did you ever think that accordions would find their way into music classrooms?  Well they have, and we’ve got them for you!  On page 29 of our new catalog, you will find a selection of accordions as well as a few tips on choosing the right accordion for you and your students.
Hohner 1303-RED Hohnica 12 Bass Piano Accordion
Hohner 1304-RED Hohnica 48 Bass Piano Accordion
Hohner 3100GB Panther Diatonic Accordion


The Ukulele craze is still going strong and we have added new finish options and brands to meet the needs of all levels of players.  Find them on pages 34-35 of the catalog or find even more options online.
Kohala Ukuleles Lanikai Ukuleles Kala Ukuleles

Interactive Whiteboards

Interactive Whiteboards have become a common tool for use in music classrooms over the last several years.  To keep up with this quickly rising trend, we have expanded our selection of interactive whiteboard materials to offer you.  On pages 50-51 you will find new titles such as “Discover the Great Composers” and “Music Madness”, as well as best sellers such as “Heart Chart 2.0” and “Interactive Now”.
Interactive Whiteboards

Remo Versa Drums

New from Remo are the Versa Drums. These versatile drums come in three large body styles; Djembe, Timbau and Tubano. They have been designed to stack inside of one another -  a great space saving feature!  Additionally, the heads are easily removed and can be played as a frame drum.  Find the new Versa Drums on page 59; scan the QR code to see a video and learn more about these drums!

Hohner Green Tones

In the Early Childhood section of the catalog, you will find a new line of instruments from Hohner called Green Tones. These environmentally friendly instruments are made of sustainable materials such as rubber wood, non-toxic glue and soy ink and they are packaged in bleach free, recycled paper.  Find Green Tones instruments on pages 93 and 98 of the catalog.
Green Tones Sound Effects Green Tones Wood Temple Blocks

Aurora & Folkmanis Puppets

We are so excited to announce that West Music now carries Aurora and Folkmanis brand puppets!  Using puppets in the classroom is a fun way to encourage vocalization, social interaction, imagination and more! We recommend pairing puppets with children’s literature as a way to expand your curriculum.  Find puppets on pages 102-103, and children’s literature on pages 109-121.  You can also find a wider selection of puppets and children’s literature online.
Aurora Puppets Folkmanis Puppets

Artful, Playful, Mindful

For all of you Orff teachers out there, Jane Frazee has published a new book “Artful, Playful, Mindful”. This book is a curriculum model built on rhythm and pitch elements that inspire you and your students to make music (artful), to make up music (playful), and to make sense of music (mindful). Discover how music learning relates to all learning. Written from an Orff Schulwerk perspective, the book provides rhythmic and melodic pieces, sample projects and ideas for all music educators. Find this new book and other Jane Frazee publications on page 125.
"Artful, Playful, Mindful"


You will also find other fabulous resources for classroom teachers in the new West Music catalog!  Everything from General Music to Orff Shulwerk, Kodaly, Movement books and Teaching Aids can be found on pages 122-189.

We hope that our new catalog offers you all that you need to plan a successful school year!  As always, if you have questions please call us at 800-397-9378.

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