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  • Top 10 Podcasts for Band Directors Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    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 inclu...
  • Why You Need a Step-Up: Trombone Thursday, April 15, 2021
    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 someth...
  • Print Music Preview: February & March Saturday, March 27, 2021
    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 ...
  • Why You Need a Step-Up: String Instruments Saturday, February 20, 2021
    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 a...
  • Why You Need a Step-Up: Clarinet Tuesday, February 9, 2021
    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&ndash...
  • Why You Need a Step-Up: Flute Tuesday, February 2, 2021
    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 ...
  • Print Music Preview: January Saturday, January 30, 2021
    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&#...
  • Can Adults Learn to Play the Piano? Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    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, technical...
  • Happy Holidays from Amro Music Friday, December 25, 2020
    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...
  • Print Music Preview: Newly Released Sheet Music for December Monday, December 21, 2020
    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 Mus...

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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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Digital Pianos vs. Acoustic Pianos

Today's blog comes from guest contributor Chris Senner of KeyboardKraze.com . KeyboardKraze is a blog that reviews all things keyboards and music industry related. On his website, you will find in-depth reviews on the latest MIDI controllers, digital pianos, and keytars and insight into the music industry. With the ever-growing world of technology, we have seen a gigantic step forward in digital pianos over the years. From portability, all the way to key-action and the... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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Picking the Right Drum Practice Pad

Today's blog is part six in our percussion series. Resident percussion specialist Alan Compton walks us through how to choose the best practice pad for your needs. Today, I'd like to highlight some of the drum practice pads we carry at our store. Why do I need a practice pad? The benefit of owning a practice pad is that it provides a percussionist with a method of practicing rudimental drumming that is affordable compact portable quiet feels like a real... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, September 12, 2020
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Picking the Right Tambourine

Today's blog is part five in our percussion series. Resident percussion specialist Alan Compton walks us through how to choose the best tambourine. At some point, every percussion student will be given a tambourine part to play in their school's concert band or orchestra. While it is essential to teach percussion students the techniques involved in playing tambourine properly, it is also essential to provide a good-quality tambourine with which to perform. There are a... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, September 11, 2020
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Picking the Right Triangle

Today's blog is part four in our percussion series. Resident percussion specialist Alan Compton walks us through how to choose the best triangle. Choosing a triangle for yourself or for your ensemble can seem a little daunting due to the wide variety of sounds that are available from the many brands and models. I'd like to share some insight on some of the reasons for those differences as well as provide some advice on choosing a triangle that's right for your needs. How... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Thursday, September 3, 2020
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