General Posts

Practicing Over Winter 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 2017!

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Paige's Music.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Paige’s Music.

It’s late November. There is a chill in air but it’s made warm in this time of thanks. We at Paige’s Music wish to give thanks to so much:

We are thankful to be in one of the greatest cities for music education in the country.

We are thankful to serve some of the country’s most prestigious music programs.

We are thankful to work with so many schools and teachers committed to music education and making music available to everyone.

We are thankful for our friends and families who make Paige’s Music an inspiring place to work.

Most of all, we are thankful for you, our loyal customers who make it possible for us to support music education for every student across Indiana!

2016 November Super Sale!

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The “Super Sale” at Paige’s Music is one of our biggest sales of the year. If you are thinking of “stepping” up to an intermediate or advanced level instrument this is the best time to do it. We would love to help you find the best instrument for your advancing student or answer any questions about this special promotion.

Here’s how it works – Come to the store and draw a coupon that will allow you to “SUPER SIZE” your savings. The coupons range from 5%-50% OFF* our already low prices!

OR – If you would rather not use the coupon that you selected, you can use our 12 months same-as-cash* option. There’s no interest as long as your balance is paid in full within 12 months. There are minimum payments due each month and our retail staff can help estimate what those might be.

Meet Our New Repair Technician Ben Bruemmer

Ben Bruemmer

Meet our new repair technician Benjamin Bruemmer

Ben has been working as a repair technician since graduating from the Red Wing Technicial College Musical Instrument Repair program in 2013.

Having graduated from high school in Nelson, Minnesota he attended Bob Jones University, in Greenville North Carolina, where he graduating with a BA in French Horn Performance.

After graduation from Red Wing College he worked at a music store in Olathe, Kansas for three years.

Now that he has joined our repair team here at Paige’s Music he is looking forward to advancing his repair career and playing French horn in one of our many community bands around Indianapolis.

Welcome Ben!

Music At The College Level

Indiana State University Wind Symphony

Indiana State University Wind Symphony

Music does not have to end with high school graduation. You are not required to be a music major to reap the benefits of a college music program. Compared to a high school program, colleges and universities can offer a much wider array of ensembles to play in, such as year-round orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, jazz bands, show choir, theater ensembles as well as marching band and pep band.

Performing music at the college level is a transformative experience. What makes the experience transformative is that most of the work and practice you put into it will be on your own. Almost all of your rehearsal time will be put into the music itself. Your group rehearsals may also be quite independent in terms of sectionals and other small group rehearsals. This time will challenge you to improve yourself without the supervision you might be used to. This gives you the opportunity to not only master your instrument and performance of music, but to make incredible lifetime friends!

Scott Hayden – Brass Technician

Scott Hayden

A sad but happy time for us in the shop this week.

Scott Hayden, our lead brass technician, is retiring after 39 years of service here at Paige’s Music.

When Scott joined me here in 1977 it was just the two of us doing all the repairs. Four shop remodeling’s and two moves later we now have a staff of 23 in the shop. Through all of the changes Scott has been instrumental in development, training, organizing and maintaining the level of repair we believe in, as well as one of the finest brass technicians I know.

We wish him well in this new chapter of his life as he and his wife, Mary Lou, get to enjoy their grandkids and traveling at their leisure.

~ Tim Roethler

You can learn more about Scott from his Staff Spotlight that we recorded back in February of this year (2016).

 

Being A Yamaha Shokunin Dealer

Yamaha Shokunin

Earlier this year, Paige’s Music became a Shokunin Select Dealer.  What does Shokunin mean? Yamaha phrases it as:

Shokunin

(sho-ku-neen) Japanese (n) craftsman, artisan.

“The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning. The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people.”- Toshio Odate

Shokunin logoAt Paige’s Music, we feature Yamaha’s highest quality instruments elegantly crafted by Yamaha’s finest luthiers. In the process of designing each Shokunin instrument, each instrument serves as a laboratory for new designs, new features, and a new approach the instrument itself. These instruments are the most innovative and are often the birthplace for features that you will see across the Yamaha range in the future. Let’s take a closer look at some very special members of the Yamaha family.

 

Need to rent a school band or orchestra instrument? We’re here to help!

School Band and Orchestra Rentals at Paige's Music

It’s the beginning of August. The sun is shining, the wind is warm, it’s the height of summer. In Indiana, school is starting. For many students, this means that English, math, biology, history come roaring back from the long summer. For a growing number of students, this also means the beginning of the musician’s journey!

At Paige’s Music, we have partnered with many schools throughout the state to become the supplier of school 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.

All of our band and orchestra rentals include free repair and replacement, free deliveries and pick-up, exchange, return, and early purchase discount options.

We have several convenient options for renting an instrument on our Debut Rental plan.