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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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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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Countdown to Christmas with Amro Music

We all know the classic holiday tune, "12 Days of Christmas". In fact, I'm sure we've all had it stuck in our heads at some point. Well, this year at Amro Music, we decided to count down to Christmas a little bit differently. We're counting down with 12 different instruments. Check back each day until Christmas Eve to see Amro staff members performing on the featured instruments in our countdown. 12 - Cymbals Crashing Featuring Nathan, Ben, & Arthur Your... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Monday, December 16, 2019
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Black Friday at Amro Music

Here at Amro Music, we're getting in the holiday spirit by decorating the store, stocking musical gift items, and selecting special inventory for feature. There's something for each and every musician and music lover this season at Amro. Since we don't want anyone missing out on these great offers, we're running all of our Black Friday Deals from November 18-30. Each department has a variety of specials to meet everyone's wants and needs! Piano Free... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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Music in the Military

Music has always been an important part of our nation's military history. From drums on the battlefield to playing taps for a fallen soldier, music has helped us to prepare for a wide variety of ceremonies and traditions that still exist today. Whether you like jazz music, marching band, or orchestra music, the U.S. military has you covered. Each branch of the military boasts a diverse offering of musical talent that not only serves for ceremonial purposes, but also for... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, November 8, 2019
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Spooky Tunes

With Halloween fast approaching, we’re all getting into the spirit around here at Amro Music! We have some great decorations and loads of Halloween candy! One of our favorite parts of the store during October is our print music department. Right now, we have a display of Halloween music that’s sure to sound spook-tacular! Here’s a breakdown of some of our favorite selections for this magical time of year. The Mummy by Tom Gerou Book: Piece by Piece, Book B ... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Thursday, October 24, 2019
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Fall Keyboard Festival: October 19, 2019

Here at Amro, one of the events that we look forward to every year is our Fall Keyboard Festival. It’s so rewarding to see the store bustling with students and families who are excited about making music. With the registration deadline fast approaching, you may be wondering about some of the benefits of participating in a festival like ours. Read on to learn more about this event and what your students can gain from it!  Benefits of Music Festival Participation Improvement in... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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Who was Doretta Steinway?

Doretta Steinway (b. March 14, 1827 in Sessen, Germany; d. March 17, 1900, in New York City) was the elder sister of William Steinway and the mother of Henry Ziegler, successor to Theodore Steinway as the innovator in piano design at Steinway & Sons. She was an important figure in both family life and business life of the Steinway family. The following information has been compiled from William Steinway's diary . It has been provided by the Smithsonian Institute and can be found... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, August 31, 2019
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Am I Ready for the First Day of Music Class?

As summer is drawing to a close, many of us are mentally gearing up for the school year to begin. In our last blog , we talked about some of the intellectual, social, and emotional benefits of participating in school music. To follow up with that line of thinking, there are also some practical aspects you need to consider if you’re planning to participate in school music. Just like we want to make sure we have new clothes and shoes for the first day of school, we need to make sure... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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Ten Benefits of Making Music

As we enter into the second half of the summer, our minds begin to prepare for the coming school year. It starts with shopping for new clothes and picking out a backpack. Before you know it, it'll be time to start choosing your classes and making your schedule. You may be trying to decide which programs and activities you'd like to participate in. If you're thinking about doing band, choir, or orchestra, consider some of these facts when making your decision! Everyday... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, July 6, 2019
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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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Staying Motivated to Practice During the Summer

With summer right around the corner, you might be thinking it's time for you to sit back, relax, and put off practicing until the fall, right? WRONG! The Northwest Evaluation Association published an article showing that students who have just completed seventh grade "lose on average 36 percent of their school-year gains in reading and a whopping 50 percent of their school-year gains in math. In other words, summer learning loss increases with age through elementary and... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Thursday, May 30, 2019
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Memphis Music History and Amro Music

The musical legacy of the Bluff City is exciting, diverse, and extremely significant in the history of American culture. Today, Memphis' own Beale Street and Graceland are intimately associated with American music history, especially that of the blues, rockabilly, and rock-n-roll. Many native Memphians agree that it’s hard to talk about the history of music in Memphis without thinking of Amro Music. We agree wholeheartedly! Since nearly a century ago, Amro Music has been an... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Returning an instrument at Amro Music

There are times when you will need to return your rented instrument to Amro Music, whether your child is just not going to be playing anymore, or if they are ready for an instrument of their very own. Read on for information on returning an instrument to Amro Music. If your child is still in band: We recommend that you keep your instrument if your child is going to continue participating in band or orchestra. Your instrument has been selected with the preferences of your band... Read More
at Tuesday, April 30, 2019
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Recruitment 101

Beginning band students are the lifeblood of every music program. The quality of a beginner band class can influence the next 6-7 years of a program. Effective recruitment is a key determining factor for the future success of the band program. Expecting students to sign up for band on their own simply won’t work. Most students don't know enough about band to decide whether they want to join. They have to be shown the band, told about its activities and benefits, and convinced... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, April 16, 2019
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Why Should My Students Attend the Spring Keyboard Festival at Amro Music?

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. With the registration deadline fast approaching, you may be wondering about some of the benefits of participating in a festival like ours. Read on to learn more about this event and what your students can gain from it!  Benefits of Music Festival Participation Improvement... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Monday, March 25, 2019
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Keyboards: What are they and why should I get one?

If you or someone you know plays piano, you’ve probably heard the terms digital piano, keyboard, electric piano, and electronic piano all used interchangeably. Did you know that there are actually several important differences between these instruments? Keyboards Keyboard is a widely misused term that often causes confusion. In reality, the word keyboard simply refers to the set of black and white keys featured on many instruments including pianos,... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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Why You Have to Be at Fiddle Fair 2019

You may have seen some Facebook posts or emails about our annual Fiddle Fair, but if you’ve never been before, you might be wondering, “What is Fiddle Fair?” Read on for a breakdown of the weekend, including information on exclusive offers for you, our loyal customers. The Clinician Photo by Austin Britt Alice Hasen joined the Amro family in 2017 as a Band and Orchestra Specialist. She came to us with three years of band directing experience from Coahoma County... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, February 23, 2019
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Top 8 Reasons You Should Shop Locally for Your Instrument

1. One-On-One Personal Attention Online, you’re dealing with an automated system. You may or may not get to talk to a real person, unless a problem arises. However, in a family-owned, brick-and-mortar store like Amro Music, our associates go the extra mile for you in a number of ways, including: Home visits to measure for your grand piano Individual consultations in the store to select the perfect instrument for you and your family Walking you through every step of... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Monday, February 11, 2019
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How Much Should I Spend on a Piano?

So, you’re thinking about learning the piano for the first time? Or maybe your child or grandchild wants to learn piano and you want to gift them with an instrument? Maybe you’re a seasoned player and you’re looking to upgrade what you already have. Regardless of your motivation for shopping, I know you’re thinking, “How much should I spend?” Well, it depends! There are some very important pieces of information you should have in order to get the piano... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, February 2, 2019
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Piano Teachers: Grow Your Enrollment and Retention Rates

 A couple of questions for you, piano teachers: What would happen in your studio if your students had access to the best piano possible? How much has your enrollment grown since the last time you bought a piano? What is your vision for your studio?   Let’s talk about growing your enrollment and improving your retention rates. Most teachers are constantly on the lookout for more students and trying to find ways to keep students taking lessons... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, November 24, 2018
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