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  • Does Playing an Instrument Make You Smarter? Wednesday, June 15, 2022
    “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 ...
  • Finding Your Voice – 3 Steps for Building Your Authentic Musical Self Wednesday, May 4, 2022
    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 pe...
  • 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...

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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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Using Music to Relieve Stress

Music as a Stress Reliever Now more than ever, many of us are searching for ways to relax, unwind, and alleviate stress. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by playing a musical instrument. Music has been used for hundreds of years to restore harmony between the mind and the body. In recent decades, researchers have measured health-related advantages of music, particularly as they relate to stress reduction and relaxation induction. What’s the science behind this? ... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, April 10, 2020
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Spring Keyboard Festival 2020

Here at Amro, one of the events that we look forward to every year is our Spring Keyboard Festival. It’s so rewarding to see the store bustling with students and families who are excited about making music. Read on to learn more about this event and what your students can gain from it! Why should my students participate? Who are the judges? What are the prizes being offered? How do I sign up my student?   Benefits of Music Festival Participation ... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, March 7, 2020
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Music in Our Schools Month

What is  Music In Our Schools Month ® ? This March, music educators and students will be celebrating music education in their schools and communities with concerts and classroom activities that show how “Music Changes Lives”, the theme of the 2020 observance of Music In Our Schools Month®. The impact of music education on the lives of students is evident in its social-emotional effect on young people and how they interact with the world around them. The ... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, February 28, 2020
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