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Top 5 Holiday Piano Books

THE LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA COLLECTION P/V/G Composer Collection | 300 pages This collection features 26 defining works from Lin-Manuel's career from  In the Heights  in 2008 to  Encanto  in 2021 and everything in between, including, of course, selections from  Hamilton ! Lin-Manuel provides the preface to the collection which includes: Alexander Hamilton • Breathe • Cousin • Do Your Own Thing • Helpless • How Far I'll Go • In... Read More
at Friday, December 2, 2022
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Strange Books Arrive at Amro Music

Strange books arrive at Amro Music This month we just received sheet music from a classic Netflix series, standout songs of 2022, and one of the greatest composers ever (I am a little biased). First up is the music of Stranger Things which contains all the classic rock/pop hits of my generation. You can headbang as you play “Master of the Puppets” or sit back and play “Africa” in your sunglasses. No matter what you choose, there are tons of hits in this... Read More
Posted by Andy Greenman at Wednesday, November 9, 2022
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Does Playing an Instrument Make You Smarter?

“Smarter” doesn’t mean better than anyone else, or superior.  The word “smarter” means developing a more facile mind which picks up new things quickly. Learning to play an instrument may not alter your perceptions or core beliefs, but playing one requires mastering new techniques, practicing perceptional acuity, and improving your physical dexterity.    Like learning a new language, learning to make music stretches your mind.  When... Read More
Posted by Cheryl Wolder at Wednesday, June 15, 2022
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Finding Your Voice – 3 Steps for Building Your Authentic Musical Self

Fellow musicians:  How many times have people criticized you?  Told you that you lacked talent?  Made you feel down about your skill?  Let me tell you something:  Every person telling you those things isn’t perfect and doesn’t know everything.  You are special, and you deserve to know it.  Today’s blog is designed to give you strategies which will help you find your true musician’s voice.  1. Learning Music Won’t... Read More
Posted by Cheryl Wolder at Wednesday, May 4, 2022
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Top 10 Podcasts for Band Directors

Are you a band director looking for professional development, classroom management ideas, teaching tips, and more? Take some time to check out our list of podcasts for band directors. We've included a description and review of each podcast in an effort to help save you some time and skip right to the content that meets your needs. Happy listening!   Program Notes:  The Band Director Podcast Creator:   John M. Denis Rating : ★★★★★ 5.0 Number of... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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Why You Need a Step-Up: Trombone

Learning to play an instrument is such a great activity! You’ve been working hard all year- perfecting your embouchure, improving your playing technique, and learning new songs. But something is missing... As you were starting band, your beginner trombone was picked just for you because it was made to be easy to understand how to play. As you advance in your second or third year of band, you’ll start to put more demands on your trombone, which is why it's the perfect time... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, April 15, 2021
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Print Music Preview: February & March

We've had a busy month here at Amro, so we're combining our new sheet music releases for February and March! Read about each selection below. Don't forget, you can place an order for any of these titles from our Print Music Manager, Joel Hurd.    Advanced Popular Artist Sheet Music Paul McCartney - III:  $19.99 Series: Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook Publisher: Hal Leonard Format: Softcover Artist:  Paul McCartney 11 songs from... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, March 27, 2021
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Why You Need a Step-Up: String Instruments

Calling all string players! As the winter (eventually) thaws into the month of March, we enter my favorite time of the year at AMRO - Fiddle Fair! What is Fiddle Fair? It’s an annual sale where we feature our top string instruments for a discounted price. But it offers much more than just discounts. If you’ve been playing for several years now, or even since the start of school, you’ve been growing your skills on your instrument. Bow hold?... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, February 20, 2021
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Why You Need a Step-Up: Clarinet

Learning to play a new instrument is fun and exciting, isn't it? You’ve been working hard– perfecting your embouchure, improving your playing technique, learning new songs– and now you’re ready to upgrade to your step-up clarinet! As you were starting band, your beginner clarinet was picked just for you because it was made to be easy to understand how to play. As you advance in your second or third year of band you’ll start to put more demands on your... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, February 9, 2021
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Why You Need a Step-Up: Flute

It’s that time of year again! You’ve been working hard – perfecting your embouchure, improving your posture, learning new songs– and now you’re ready to upgrade to your step-up flute! When you first started band, you were given a beginner flute because it is easier to learn to play on. As you advance in your second or third year of band you’ll start to put more demands on your flute, and a step-up flute is designed to make the transition to advanced music... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, February 2, 2021
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Print Music Preview: January

Looking to brush up your piano skills for the new year? We have some really great selections featured in this month's Print Music Preview. Read more about each piece or collection below. If you'd like to order one for yourself, just contact Print Music Manager Joel Hurd at 901-302-3313, Piano Solo Sheet Music PAUL CARDALL – 40 HYMNS FOR FORTY DAYS:  $24.99 Contemporary jazz pianist Paul Cardall released his 3-disc set of his performances of 40 timeless hymns in... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, January 30, 2021
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Can Adults Learn to Play the Piano?

In today's blog, Joel Hurd, Amro Print Music Manager, shares a bit about his personal experience taking piano lessons for the first time as an adult.    OK, technically this isn’t my first time taking piano lessons. I mean, I remember practicing piano at our church in the early 70s (using the same Schaum book that we still sell here at Amro.) Then there was that semester of piano in college in the late 80s. But if I told you I’ve retained any of... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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Happy Holidays from Amro Music

The events that transpired over the course of this last year presented us with an enormous amount of adversity, perhaps more than any of us have ever dealt with before. Despite the challenges that we faced, there were some incredibly valuable lessons learned from this time in our lives. We learned to slow down and seek joy, peace, and contentment in every day experiences even more than before. Here at Amro, our passion for music is what continues to keep us going, no matter what. The joy... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, December 25, 2020
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Print Music Preview: Newly Released Sheet Music for December

Sheet music can be a great gift for an aspiring musician. This week's blog reviews the latest sheet music releases, in-stock now. Feel free to contact us to place an order. Holiday Sheet Music Series:  Bastien New Traditions:  Christmas Classics Arranged by  Lisa Bastien, Lori Bastien Christmas Classics   are collections of timeless (and most requested) traditional carols that students are sure to enjoy and cherish throughout the holiday... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Monday, December 21, 2020
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10 Gift Ideas for Musicians

The holidays are a great time of year to show your loved ones how much you care about them with a thoughtful gift. Sometimes, it's hard to know what they'd like, though, isn't it? Well search no more! If you have a music lover in your life, we've got some great recommendations for what to get them this holiday season. All of these items are available at Amro and can be ordered for delivery, curbside, or in-store pick-up! Just contact us to place your order!   ... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, November 28, 2020
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Virtual Fall Keyboard Festival: Update

This year, we held our first-ever virtual Keyboard Festival. The students did an fabulous job, despite the fact that we encountered a few challenges along the way on our end of things. But hey, we're learning! Despite the overwhelming amount of adjustments we've ALL had to make getting used to this virtual world, we had an incredible festival! Let me share some numbers with you. 127 Students That's right... 127 students performed in our online festival! This beats the... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Thursday, November 19, 2020
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What is Bluff City Strings?

On today's blog, we've got something really exciting to share with you all. We'd like to announce our brand new orchestral instrument divison:  Bluff City Strings! What is Bluff City Strings? Bluff City Strings offers orchestral musicians of all levels the opportunity to find their perfect instrument, ranging from rentals for beginning musicians to hand-crafted instruments for the most demanding players. We hand-select our instruments from highly reputable... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Thursday, November 12, 2020
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Print Music Preview: Newly Released Sheet Music for November

We have some really fun and unique sheet music selections for the month of November! Don't forget to call Joel Hurd at 901-302-3313 or email him to reserve any of these titles! Organ Sheet Music Eine Wolke Nahm Ihm Weg Organ Solos $14.99 Commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for the 2020 AGO/Marilyn Mason Award in Organ Composition, Joel Peters brings a modern-day touch to the organ repertoire. Based upon J.S. Bach's recitative from his cantata ... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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Virtual Keyboard Fest is Happening Soon!

Today's blog is all about our Fall 2020 Virtual Keyboard Festival. This year's Keyboard Fest is sure to be one for the books! Students won't want to miss this exciting opportunity to showcase their talents and receive valuable feedback! Read below to find out more about how the process will work and how to enter the festival. Why should my student participate in the festival? Academics, coaches, and teachers agree that the benefits fostered by piano festivals... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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Sheet Music for October

Welcome back to our Print Music Preview for the month of October. Read below to see what's hot off the press for sheet music now and get a head start on your Holiday sheet music shopping! Piano Vocal Guitar Sheet Music SONGS OF THE 2010S – UPDATED EDITION - $29.99 The New Decade Series provides great synopses of the musical decades and lets you play the iconic songs along with optional orchestrated backing tracks that make you sound great! The audio is accessed online for... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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