February 2019 Posts

Your student wants to play in the school band, and now you need to get an instrument. What do you need to know?

Choosing a student’s first instrument can be a daunting task. The internet is flooded with all kinds of instruments of varying qualities and prices. I like to think that instruments fit within one of four distinct categories: cheap instrument-shaped objects, viable student model instruments for beginners, intermediate instruments for the advancing player, and professional models for the musician who needs the best instrument available.

Set your child (and yourself) up for success.

Tucker Woerner – Staff Spotlight

The staff spotlight for February is on Tucker Woerner from our Retail Sales team. Tucker is our Low Brass Specialist and has been with us for about 2 years now. Learn more about him by watching his interview below!

The Future Belongs To Young People With An Imagination

“The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.”

~ Barack Obama

Limited Edition Alert! – The Yamaha Xeno “Kangakki” Trumpet

Unveiled at the NAMM show just several weeks ago, the limited edition Yamaha Xeno “Kangakki” has arrived at Paige’s Music. Even more exciting is that there are only 100 of these trumpets available in the United States!

Based on the acclaimed YTR-8335IIS Xeno, the Kangakki is truly one-of-a-kind with gold plated accents on the valve caps, valve buttons, black mother-of-pearl finger buttons, and a 16C4 mouthpiece with gold plated rim and cup. Finally, the “Kangakki” bell engraving adds one final touch that symbolizes “the highest quality of instruments for musicians of any level”.

Instrument Features:

  • A new bell design contributes to optimum resistance for a powerful tonal core and accurate slotting. The new design also enhances playability in the upper register.
  • Thinner valve casing and pistons, as well as the modified angle of the branch tube (knuckle) result in improved response and provide the performer with an ideal blowing resistance.
  • The button on the 1st slide serves to fine-tune the blowing resistance for optimum control.
  • The height of the main slide water key gutter has been increased for optimum resistance, and the ends of the water key spring have been curled for improved response.
  • Double case with backpack straps.

 

For inquiries, please contact Ross Werner, Trumpet Specialist at Paige’s Music.

rwerner@paigesmusic.com

317-812-2440

Student Spotlight – Creekside Middle School #2

Being in your school band or orchestra is about more than just making music. Listen to how these students from Creekside Middle School describe their experience so far!

Tips For Attending ISSMA State Solo & Ensemble

 

ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble is this weekend at North Central High School in Indianapolis. Here are some tips to prepare for everything you need to consider beyond your music performance!

1. Be There Early

I am quite sure your director and private instructor has told you to be early for rehearsals, concerts, and etc. You definitely want to be early when it comes to Solo and Ensemble. You never know what could happen—the weather might be terrible and it may take twice as long as you planned, the performance order may change, a performance room might change, you might have issues with your instrument…anything can and probably will happen! Being early doesn’t fix these problems, but if definitely gives you the chance to get in the right headspace and deal with any problems effectively.

Music Students Score Higher On SAT

The College Entrance Examination Board found that students involved in public school music programs scored 107 points higher on the SAT’s than students with no participation.

~ Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by the Music Educators National Conference (2002)

Student Spotlight – Creekside Middle School #1

If you have a student that is considering being in the band or orchestra next year, listen to what these students from Creekside Middle School had to say about their experience so far.