Caring For Your Flute

Below is the general care and maintenance video for flute, with instruction given by Erin Nichols of the Indy Flute Shop. Indy Flute Shop is a flute-specialty store owned by Paige’s Music. If you’d like to see the rest of the flute videos, you can view them on our Flute Care & Maintenance page.

Playing An Instrument Requires More Of Your Brain

Research indicates the brain of a musician, even a young one, works differently than that of a nonmusician. “There’s some good neuroscience research that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain.”

~ Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Peabody Preparatory of The John Hopkins University, quoted in “The Benefits of Music Education,”, Laura Lewis Brown.

Shires Trombone Day at Paige’s Music

On Saturday, September 19, 2020 Paige’s Music will host Chris Van Hof, Professor of Trombone at Ball State University, in partnership with S.E. Shires. Visitors will be given the opportunity to play test S.E. Shires custom trombones, Q-Series trombones, and the newly released Q41S euphonium. In addition to our enhanced inventory, visitors will get the chance to discuss Ball State University’s trombone area and get individualized feedback on equipment and musicianship from Chris Van Hof. Appointments are required for this event. To sign up for an appointment please visit:


Below is a list of the S.E. Shires Models that will be available for in-store testing and purchase on September 19, 2020.

Q41S Euphonium

Joseph Alessi Custom Signature Model Trombone

Joseph Alessi Q Series Model Trombone



Vintage New York

TBCH with Axial Valve

George Curran Signature Model Bass Trombone


Cognitive Structures Are Developed Through Music Instruction

The cognitive structures developed through music instruction “exposed and illuminated more general organizing structures relevant for multiple disciplines.”

~ Portowitz,P., Lichtenstein, O., Egorova, L., & Brand, E. (2009). Underlying mechanisms linking music education and cognitive modifiability. Research Studies in Music Education, 31, 107-29

Congratulations Steve Purcell

Our friend and colleague, Mr. Steve Purcell, retires today from Paige’s. Steve has been a true champion of music education his entire adult life, first as a band director in Westfield, Indiana, then, for the past 40 years, as a District Manager for Paige’s Music.

Steve is best known for bringing joy to band and orchestra directors by combining a dangerous wit, genuine personality, and responsive approach to his personal service to music educators. Through his selfless dedication to music education, Steve will forever be known as the original “Paige’s guy” in the Indianapolis metropolitan schools!

We can’t thank Steve enough for his effort in helping to build Paige’s Music school service operation to what it is today. He is truly a remarkable team member whose ideals will live on for very long time here at Paige’s.

We will miss him dearly but know that it is his time to enjoy life as the golfing grandfather, stay-at-home husband, and finally the bourbon connoisseur that he’s always wanted to be!

Congratulations Steve! Well done, well done!

Below is Steve’s spotlight interview from a couple years back!

“I’m really proud to, not only have been a teacher, which I think is a wonder thing to be. But then to get to serve all of these wonderful programs all these years. It’s been a good thing to do with my life. I’m very proud of it.”

Participation In Band and Orchestra Boosts Achievement In Math and English

An analysis of data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 demonstrated a significant correlation between participation in school music groups and achievement in math and English.

~ Broh, B. A. (2002). Linking extracurricular programming to academic achievement: Who benefits and why? Sociology of Education, 75(1), 69-95

Meet The Teacher: Perry Reid, Trumpet

At Paige’s Music we get asked all the me if we teach lessons or know people who do. We know plenty of private instructors and even have a list on our website, but we wanted to go a little further and interview them so you have a beer picture of which teacher might be best for you!  Our guest today is trumpet educator and performer, Perry Reid.

How To Clean Your Saxophone

Daily care and maintenance of your instrument is very important to how well your instrument performs, even when you’re home during e-learning. Watch this quick video below for a few, quick tips on cleaning your saxophone.