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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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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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September Print Music Preview

September Sheet Music Selections In today's blog, we're reviewing newly released sheet music titles for the month of September. If you're interested in any of these,  call  or  email  Joel Hurd to place an order! Easy Piano Sheet Music Best of Taylor Swift - Big Note Piano - $16.99 16 of pop/country crossover queen Taylor Swift's best in big-note piano arrangements so beginning pianists can play her hits: Back to December • Blank Space... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, August 25, 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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How to Set Up a Drum and Bell Kit

Welcome to Amro Music! Today's blog is part three in our percussion series. Our resident percussion specialist and director services representative, Alan Compton, walks us through setting up a drum and bell kit. Drum and Bell Kit Set Up The Stand 1. Loosen the wing nut. I'm gonna start with the base of the stand which is the part that has the three rubber feet on the bottom. Loosen the wing nut on the bottom half of the stand.   ... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, August 8, 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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August Print Music Preview

Sheet Music for August In today's blog, we're reviewing newly released sheet music titles for the month of August. If you're interested in any of these, call or email Joel Hurd to place an order! Piano, Vocal, and Guitar Sheet Music Top Christian Hits of 2019-2020 - $17.99 20 powerful and popular Christian songs arranged for piano and voice with guitar chords. Songs include: Fighting for Me (Riley Clemmons) • God Only Knows (For King and Country) •... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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5 Things to Know About Learning Piano as an Adult

The following article was provided by a guest contributor, Lucas Welter. Being in love with music his whole life, Lucas started the Piano Dreamers blog as the “ go-to”  place for the most accurate and detailed information about the world of music, and especially pianos! Having worked in a music store for  over 7 years , Lucas has found passion in helping others choose the most suitable instrument for them. Learning to Play the Piano as an Adult We all wish... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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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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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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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
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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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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 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
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