April 2019 Posts

Music In The Gig Economy – A masterclass with Richard Dole on navigating your freelance career as a musician.

Richard Dole is an active tenor/bass trombonist and educator in Indianapolis and the surrounding region. He has toured or performed with Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Steve Lawrence/Edie Gormé, Barry Manilow, the Hollywood Concert Orchestra China tour, and in 2008 traveled with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra to Egypt for a US State Department Tour.

Whew!  This makes him a perfect candidate for teaching a masterclass on how to navigate a career as a freelance musician.

Music Education Helps Students Communicate Ideas

“GE hires a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities.”

~ Clifford V. Smith, President of the General Electric Foundation

Student Spotlight – Noblesville Schools #3

Here is part 3 in the series where we talked to some students a few years ago from Noblesville. They gave some great insight on what it means to be a part of the band or orchestra at school!

Ball State University Trombone Day II

On April 6th, 2018 Ball State University hosted Trombone Day II. This event was a full day of rehearsals, masterclasses, lectures, and performances that showcased all of the fine resources the school has to offer. Chris Van Hof, Assistant Professor of Music Performance (Trombone), led the event, and trombone legend, Jim Pugh, was the featured artist of the day.

Ben Parrott – Staff Spotlight

The staff spotlight for April is on Ben Parrott from our String Repair staff. Ben has been at Paige’s Music for almost 2 years, but has been in the string world for more than 2 decades. Watch his spotlight below to learn more about him.

Principals Feel That Music Education Motivates Students To Stay In School

The vast majority – 96 percent – of the school principals interviewed in a recent study agree that participation in music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school. Further, 89 percent of principals feel that a high-quality music education program contributes to their school achieving higher graduation rates.

~ Harris Interactive Poll, 2006

Mouthpiece Clocking: Voodoo Magic or Real Science?

As a brass player, there are naturally good days and bad days. Days where the instrument sings effortlessly, and days where you want nothing more than to touchdown spike your instrument into the pavement. What if I said that this issue could partially be within your control without changing the way you play?

Sizing Up – One Size Does Not Fit All

Not everyone is going to start off with a full-size instrument.  Violin-family instruments are somewhat unique in that people of all sizes and ages play them, and they are sized to fit the stature of the player.  You rarely see a 3 year old studying a brass or woodwind instrument because these are larger instruments that require a certain physicality to them to play properly.