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    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...
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  • 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...
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  • Print Music Preview: Newly Released Sheet Music for December Monday, December 21, 2020
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Category: Orchestra

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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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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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
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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
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Should My Child Go Back to Orchestra?

Is It Safe For My Child To Go Back To Orchestra? At this point, there are still many unanswered questions about the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. However, one thing is for certain: the importance of music in our schools and the impact it has on student’s lives is vital. Band and orchestra directors, researchers, and administrators throughout the US are working tirelessly to strategize ways to return to school safely. However, much of the current research in progress... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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How to Sanitize Your Stringed Instrument

  Sanitizing Your Stringed Instrument Welcome to Amro Music. Today we're talking about sanitizing your string instrument. It's important to keep your instrument sanitized. This is especially true if you've been sick or been around someone who is sick.  So, go ahead and clean your instrument following one of the cleaning videos linked below and sanitize your workspace so we can get started. Sanitizing the Strings & Fine Tuner For the strings... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Monday, March 30, 2020
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Fiddle Fair 2020

JOIN US FOR FIDDLE FAIR ON MARCH 6-7 Learning to play a musical instrument is a new and exciting experience for any child or family. One of the most rewarding aspects of working at Amro Music is seeing young orchestra students grow and improve over time. Fiddle Fair is a yearly event where we offer our step-up program, which makes it easy and affordable to transition to a step-up instrument. What is a step-up instrument? While the beginner instrument is designed to be... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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How to Care for Your Instrument During Cold Weather

Cold Weather Care For Your Instrument Hi! My name is Johniece Anderson. I'm one of the band and orchestra consultants here at Amro Music, and I'm here to talk about one of the serious issues sweeping the nation. Every year, hundreds of instruments endure the cold, dry temperatures, and many of them don't make it through, bearing terrible cracks and open seams. The word of the day is hygroscopic ! This fancy word means that wood absorbs and attracts moisture, like our... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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Amro - The Year in Review

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Posted by Ben Fonville at Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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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
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Selecting the Right Size String Instrument

Is your child joining the orchestra this year?  Selecting a properly-sized instrument is a critical factor in a student's success when they are learning a string instrument.  In this video, Leslie York, one of Amro's string experts, gives us a great demonstration of how to select the correct size violin or viola.  If your child has been playing violin or viola for a while, this video can also help you determine if it's time for them to move up in size! Amro's string... Read More
Posted by Ben Fonville at Friday, August 1, 2014
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