Britton Watson Posts

How to Ease back into Playing After Summer Break

I speak from experience when I say that playing after a long break is tough! If you haven’t picked your instrument up in a few weeks, it can be really difficult to play! Everything feels alien—your chops swell up, you get exhausted after a few notes, you lose your range, and etc. I get it, I get it—hanging out at the pool with your friends is more fun than playing concert F for 30 minutes a day. Here are a few tips to ease you back into playing after summer break:

3 Reasons Why Marching Band Will Help You Win at Life

Marching band is as “Indiana” as the famed pork tenderloin at Nick’s Kitchen (Huntington, IN). We know form Google analytics that the Japanese and Indonesians cannot get enough of the Avon and Carmel marching band performances. Directors from all over the country come to learn from the extraordinary talent that make these programs run like clockwork. Marching band is an absolutely positive addiction.

I could cite any number of studies that show correlation between music education and academic achievement, creativity, and etc., I am not going to bore you with that—after all those are usually statistics that can be read in a variety of days. I do want to talk about what are real life benefits outside of the classroom. Here are three that I live every day:

The Debut Rental Program at Paige’s Music – 4 Easy Ways To Get A Band or Orchestra Instrument For Your Student

At Paige’s Music, we partner with hundreds schools throughout the state for easy and convenient acquisition of band and orchestra instruments. For many families, the easiest option is to rent. Renting with Paige’s Music is a great opportunity to participate in music-making. We make rental easy and convenient and provide you with peace of mind.

Here’s how our rental program works:

FAQ?: What should I do with my instrument this summer?

Ignoring those bell dents? Send your instrument in for repair. Sticky flute pads? Send your instrument in for repair. Is your instrument dirty? Send it in for cleaning. If you have a rental instrument, all repair and maintenance is already covered and you should make use of your included coverage whenever an issue of any sort arises. Sending in your instrument during summer break means you are less likely to miss any valuable rehearsal or class time.

Should I return my rental instrument?

You should keep your rental instrument over the summer if your student is going to continue in band or orchestra next school year. Your student will be able to practice and be ready to play once the new school year begins. Your student should make an effort to pick up and play their instrument every day and play it even if it’s just for a few minutes. This will keep them engaged ready to go and make it easy to return to class and rehearsal without having to worry about re-learning their instrument.

You should only return your rental instrument if you are absolutely certain your student will not continue in their band and orchestra class next year. You can return your rental instrument to Paige’s Music in person at any time during our regular business hours (Monday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm). You can also return it through your student’s school by giving it to your band or orchestra director and telling them that the instrument needs to be returned to Paige’s Music. We highly recommend that you contact Paige’s Music via email (sales@paigesmusic.com) or phone (800.382.1099) and request that we pick-up and return your instrument.

Is competition in music a good thing?

Perhaps there is more to life than winning first chair, winning the gold medal in ISSMA Orchestra competition, or winning the Bands of America Grand National Championship. In my time as a musician from middle school through the collegiate level I often heard that music is not a competition. This has come from parents and teachers who want to believe that music education is solely about art. Several studies that indicate the study of music helps students become more creative, more intelligent, etc. (You can find these on our Monday posts titled “Truth in Music Education”). Artistry and intelligence is important, so is preparing for the competition that is everyday life. Perhaps artistry and intelligence are source of the “good life” but make no mistake that one must prepare for the stresses and strains of modern life. I fully believe that the competitive component of music education is one of the most important learning experiences every student can have.

Graduate To Yamaha 2019

Graduation typically means ordering an over-priced cap and gown, long ceremonies with longer speeches, open house celebrations, and more pictures than you may ever want to take. Thankfully musicians can enjoy a more pertinent graduation in the form of the Graduate to Yamaha promotion!

Paige’s Music – Music Madness Sale – March 21-23, 2019

Shoot and Save

From March 21st through the 23rd you’ll be able to come in to the store for some great savings. You will receive a scratch-off game “ticket”. Scratch off your ticket to reveal your discount. Then, shoot and make a basket to double your savings! Each family gets a warm-up shot, and then you let the real thing fly. The savings range from 5% – 20% off our already low prices. If you are in the market for an instrument, now is the time to come in to scratch, shoot and save!

Two great ways to save!

Shoot for extra savings or take advantage of our 12 Months Same-As-Cash offer.

12 Months Same-As-Cash

Rather have financing options instead of a discount? During the sale you can chose to finance your purchase for 12 months with No Interest. Just one more reason to stop in and see us during our Music Madness Sale March 21st through the 23rd!

*Rules of the Game:

  • Scratch off game “ticket” will reveal your discount.
  • Shoot for your additional discount: Guaranteed 5%. Or, make a shot to possibly double your ticket discount!
  • One shot per family. One instrument per family.
  • Good towards any in-stock purchases made in the store only from 03/21/19 to 03/23/19.
  • Not applicable towards existing account balances, layaways, or repairs.
  • Not valid with any other offer.

**Offers cannot be combined. Some restrictions apply. Good on purchases $399 and up. See store for details.

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.