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Decorah September 2016 Teacher Feature: Mark Armstrong
By West Music Company
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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Decorah July 2016 Musician of the Month: Katrina Mikhailova
By West Music Company
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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