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Which Instrument should we learn?  
Where do we get one?  Buy it or rent it?  Here's our thoughts on one of our favorite topics.


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Homeschool Music Lessons
Beware of shoddy instruments.  Watch out for this stuff.


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On Purchasing

Theo and Kaden
All kinds of thoughts and advice regarding a purchase of a new or old instrument.  We'll add to this topic from time to time.

One FAQ:

We often get asked what kind of gear new musicians will need to get started on the first day of class.  It does not have to be a lot of stuff, but there are some best practice minimums:
  • an instrument in good working order and its case, (for a percussionist that’s sticks and a practice pad)
  • if it’s a woodwind: cork grease, extra reeds, and a swab, (saxophones and bassoons need a neck strap)
  • if it’s brass: valve or slide oil, tuning slide grease,
  • if strings: don’t forget the bow and rosin, an extra string set is handy,
  • the music: Essential Elements 2000  (CD not required, but nice to have)
  • a portable / foldable sheet music stand to use at home when practicing,
  • a folder for holding sheet music, and lastly
  • a stand to hold that instrument securely when it has to be left unattended (bathroom breaks)

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"The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss 

Unheard of Saxophones

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On Practicing

NHME on Parade

How often should I practice?  When should I practice?  How long should I practice?  What should I practice?  Find out what we recommend!

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Ingredients for a Great Wind Ensemble

Trumpet Voluntary

What does it take to be an awesome wind band? Click below to find out!

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Three Key Elements

Brass
What does it take to be a good ensemble player? Click below to find out!


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The Circle of Fifths

Circle of 5ths

Want to know more about this strange fusion between plane geometry and music theory?

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