December 2017 Posts

Music May Hold Key To Higher Brain Functions

A study at the University of California at Irvine demonstrated that young kids who participated in music instruction showed dramatic enhancements in abstract reasoning skills. In fact, researchers have found neural firing patterns that suggest that music may hold the key to higher brain function.

~ Rauscher, Shaw, Levine , Ky and Wright, “Music and Spatial Task Performance: A Causal Relationship,” University of California , Irvine , 1994

Practicing Over Break

We like to share this post each year to give you some ideas for practicing at home over break!

You’ve made it through the first half of the school year! For many of you, that means you’ve probably played a few concerts, recently completed your marching band season, or maybe you’re headed to the Rose Parade. With winter comes the thrill of pep band, the improvisation of jazz band, the spinning of winter guard, or the rhythms of winter percussion. You know by now, being a musician is a never-ending process with performances and rehearsals perpetually around the corner.

With so much going on, you’re probably ecstatic to have a few weeks of winter break to take a break from all the commotion. While it’s great to take a break from any activity that takes up so much of your time, it’s important to incorporate a little bit of practice during your off-time to maintain your peak condition. Many professional athletes can attest to the same thing: just maintaining your physical state during the off-season makes it much easier to perform at your best when it’s game time.

Here are few tips for musicians to maintain their “chops” during the off-season:

Long tones

For a few minutes a day, simply play a few long tones. This will get your air moving and will help you keep the embouchure you’ve developed (brass and woodwinds).

Scales

Working your way through a few scales a day will keep your fingers flexible and coordinated. Any scale (major, minor, chromatic, and etc.) will work!

Lip Slurs (brass)

A few lip slurs will go a long way over winter break. For the purposes of winter break, choose a few simple slurs and take it nice and slow.

Do any combination of the above for 10 minutes a day and you’ll be able ease back into your normal rehearsal routine and perform your best in 2018!

Music Helps Students Learn Math

Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns.

~ Lynn Kleiner, founder of Music Rhapsody in Redondo Beach, CA

Wes Tincher – Staff Spotlight

The December Staff Spotlight is with Wes Tincher in the repair shop. Wes has been with us right at 7 years and is an integral part of the repair team. Learn more about Wes by watching his spotlight below.

 

Music Education Teaches Problem Solving

Two-thirds (67%) of Americans say music education provides people with a disciplined approach to solving problems.

~ July 2014 Harris Poll

The Arts Significantly Boost Student Achievement

“The arts significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and increase the odds students will go on to graduate from college. As First Lady Michelle Obama sums up, both she and the President believe ‘strongly that arts education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be our nation’s leaders for tomorrow.”

~ Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

Conn-Selmer Brass Pro Day

We’re back with ANOTHER one-day-only sale! We loved the last one so much we thought we’d do it again with another manufacturer. If you’ve had your eye on owning an American-made professional brass instrument, this is your weekend! This time, Conn-Selmer is stopping by on Saturday, December 16th, with a large selection of professional instruments from their line of brands. These include American-made pro horns by Bach, CONN, King, and Holton, also featuring Selmer professional saxophones.

HUGE SELECTION
Paige’s Music will have a wider selection of Conn-Selmer instruments available with big discounts. Choose from several intermediate and advanced woodwind and brass instruments. All with extra savings!

BEAT THE TAX: SAVE AT LEAST 7%
All instruments purchased during the pro day will save at least 7% (in stock only).

DOUBLE REBATES
Earn Double Rebates! Purchase any brass ‘Step-Up’ level instrument between now and December 31, 2017 and receive a $50 mail-in rebate. On Saturday, December 16, 2017 this rebate will double to $100!

Purchase any qualified brass ‘Step-Up’ Professional level band instrument between now and December 31, 2017 and receive a $100 mail-in rebate. On Saturday, December 16, 2017 this rebate will Double to $200!

This sale is ONLY on Saturday, December 16th, so don’t miss it!

Music Education Lays The Foundation For Excellence

Music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving, and flexibility in work situations.

~ July 2014 Harris Poll