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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

Top 5 Reasons You Should Clean Your Instrument

Why You Should Regularly Clean and Maintain Your Instrument In today's blog, we'll be reviewing the 5 most important reasons to clean and maintain your instrument.  1. Hygiene Even with the best personal hygiene habits, some scientists estimate that we have around 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimeter of our skin! Additionally, the human mouth contains even more than that! Since all musical instruments involve your hands, mouth, or both, it's vitally... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Research for Music Programs

Normally during this time of year, students are finishing up summer camps, parents are shopping for last-minute school supplies, and teachers are preparing their lessons for the upcoming year. But as we all know, this has not been a normal year. We have faced many ups and downs as we try to figure out "the new normal." For music students in particular, many questions have been raised and few have been answered about the impact of COVID-19 on returning to band or orchestra. It is... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, August 4, 2020

How to Change the Top and Bottom Heads on a Snare Drum

Changing the Heads on a Concert Snare Welcome to Amro Music! Today's blog is part two in our percussion series. We will cover the steps for changing the heads on both the batter side and the snare side of a concert snare drum. Our first section covers the top head. If you're already familiar with this process, you can skip down to the steps for chaning the bottom head here . Changing the Top Head on a Concert Snare Our resident percussion specialist, Alan Compton, walks... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, July 21, 2020

How to Change a Marching Snare Drum Head

How Do You Change the Head on a Marching Snare Drum? Welcome to Amro Music! We're launching a percussion series on our blog, so stay tuned for more articles in the series! On today's blog, we'll explore the steps to changing the head on a marching snare drum. Alan Compton, Director Services Representative and percussion specialist walks us through the process of changing a drum head on the top side or batter side of a marching snare drum. Materials You Will... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, July 14, 2020

How to Fix a Dented Brass Mouthpiece Shank

How Do You Fix a Dented Brass Mouthpiece Shank? Welcome to Amro Music! Today, we're going to learn how to fix a dented brass mouthpiece. We all know that accidents happen and somehow or other dents and dings show up on your mouthpiece. This can cause several different problems by leaking air and changing the resistance and feel of the mouthpiece. The process used to fix this is commonly referred to as truing and is fairly easy to do with some practice. Materials You Will... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, July 10, 2020

Should My Child Go Back to Band Class?

While there are still many unknowns about the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, one thing is for certain: the importance of music in our schools and the impact it has on student’s lives has not changed. Educators and administrators across the country are working tirelessly to strategize ways to return to school safely. However, many of the current studies are focused on a return to the traditional academic classroom setting. In order to ease some of your concerns and hopefully provide... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, June 13, 2020

How to Sanitize Your Wind Instrument

Sanitizing Your Wind Instrument Welcome to Amro Music. Today we're going to be talking about sanitizing your instrument. If you play a wind instrument in band or orchestra, you should know that it's important to keep all of your gear sanitized. This is especially true if you've been sick or been around someone who is sick. That is also a great time to get new cleaning brushes, swabs, and polishing cloths. So, go ahead and clean your instrument following the steps in... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, March 20, 2020

How to Remove a Stuck Mouthpiece

Removing a Stuck Mouthpiece From Your Brass Instrument If you're a brass player, you've probably had to deal with a stuck mouthpiece. It could have been from an accidental drop, a little too aggressive mouthpiece placement including twists or slaps, or just a buildup of gross stuff in the lead pipe leading to the binding of the mouthpiece. Brass mouthpieces are made to taper perfectly into the lead pipe of your instrument. They have to fit snug to prevent air from leaking... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, February 7, 2020

Amro's Repair Shop and Maintenance & Replacement Program

  Here at Amro, we don’t want you to be done after you select your instrument. We truly want to guide you through the process of understanding how to own your instrument. When you purchase any instrument, you should know that over time, that instrument will need adjustments and repairs from a professional, as well as routine maintenance from you! From replacing the pads of a woodwind to tuning the strings of a piano, Amro has thought it through for you.  We have all... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, June 11, 2019

One Day, Online-Only Sale

This weekend, Amro is holding a special, online-only sales event - our One-Day, Online Only Sale. We've gotten a lot of questions about the event, so let's look at some of the most frequently asked questions: Why doesn't Amro sell more online? Amro values our customers and the level of service we can provide. One of the challenges of Internet retailing is connecting with customers and building relationships with them. When you walk into Amro, you'll notice hundreds... Read More
Posted by Ben Fonville at Friday, June 12, 2015

How to Clean Your Clarinet

Any instrument that isn't cleaned on a regular basis is likely to become unsanitary quickly. Food particles, sugar, and germs don't just create a breeding ground for bacteria, but they also change the tonal characteristics of the instrument. The clarinet is especially prone to this happening. Its small size, tight fit in the case, and small vents (tone holes) trap any moisture left in the instrument when they player is done. Fortunately, it's easy to do preventative cleaning on your clarinet... Read More
Posted by Ben Fonville at Friday, March 6, 2015

Music and Your Brain

Everyone knows playing an instrument can be fun and rewarding, right? Well...everyone except those who don't know it, yet. But you're not one of them, because you're reading this. Music is one of those experiences that stimulates our analytical mind. But it also moves our emotions. And, new research, showing us even more amazing things about the power of music. For example, Listening to music activates more areas of the brain than any other activity. Your brain analyzes the... Read More
Posted by Ben Fonville at Friday, January 16, 2015

Amro - The Year in Review

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Posted by Ben Fonville at Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gift Ideas for Musicians

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to reward and motivate your musician with essential gear. From basic, everyday items, to the ultimate accessories, Amro has you covered. Your musician is sure to appreciate and benefit from these specially selected items. $1-$20 -   The perfect stocking-stuffers, grab-and-go gifts, and essentials that musicians can always use and enjoy. Instrument Ornaments  ... Read More
Posted by Ben Fonville at Friday, November 28, 2014

How to Prepare for Concert Season

Strike up the band! It's just about time for concert season. For middle school band students, that may mean the first concert of your musical career! How exciting! For high school band members, it may mean the transition from playing outside in the marching band to the indoor concert setting, and for some students, even, a different instrument than than marching instrument. Regardless of where you are, here are some tips to help you make the most out of concert season and to stay motivated.... Read More
Posted by Ben Fonville at Friday, October 31, 2014

Rent vs. Purchase:

Why you might find renting first to be the best option. “New Trumpets!  Only $200!  Educator-endorsed!”   A nd don't miss those exotic brand names which could just as easily be either types of pasta or names of Renaissance painters. When you’re searching for an instrument for yourself or your student, you’ll probably come across these offers, which are: At their best - marketing slogans designed to attract you and get you to hand over the credit... Read More
Posted by Ben Fonville at Thursday, June 5, 2014

Welcome to the Amro Music Blog!

Music majors are 90% more bulletproof than biochemistry majors.   Or so we claimed in 2013.  No one believed it then, and we suspect no one is going to be gullible enough in 2014 to believe it, either.  Still, music majors are more likely to be accepted into med school than biochemistry majors; that hasn’t changed.  It was with that little detail that we introduced Doctors in Concert , first in what we hope will become a long series of benefit concerts in the... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, January 3, 2014