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4/19/2018 1:20:00 AM  

Melody is the tune of the music, which is made up of rhythm and pitch. The rhythm is the beat of the music and pitch is the highs and lows of the sound.  The melody is a musical line of notes that our brains interoperate as one cohesive unit with a beginning and end. The melody is the part of music that most often gets stuck in our heads... Read More




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3/7/2018 9:39:00 AM  
Rhythm is the arrangement of sound patterns in music. Rhythm consists of two basic parts: The beat is the pulse of the music and tempo is how fast that pulse is moving. Written music is organized into measures that contain a determined number of beats. Read More



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3/1/2018 6:47:00 AM  
Bo is in first grade and has been taking drum lessons with Kip Roelfsema for 2 years. He likes to play instruments and believes you can do anything if you work hard. He also expressed that his favorite musician is Led Zeppelin. Read More



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3/1/2018 6:34:00 AM  
Prabhas is in 2nd grade. He has studied piano with Dorothy Thomas in the West Music Lesson program for over a year, and is making great progress on his instrument! Prabhas says that he loves the feelings and emotions you get from music. He wants to be his best in piano playing... Read More



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2/27/2018 4:56:00 PM  
Chuck Michaelson started piano lessons at age five with his father, Samuel Michaelson, who was a private piano instructor and church organist in Minneapolis. Read More



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2/7/2018 3:32:00 PM  

"AJ is such a delightful and dedicated pianist who is well prepared for her lessons. AJ’s quiet personality allows her to listen, observe, and retain her musical knowledge throughout the year and apply that to her music. Read More




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1/25/2018 4:21:00 PM  
With so many options you can find the best method to best suit the needs of your students, classroom teaching style, and objectives. Contact an educational consultant at 800-397-9379 to see how we can help bring ukulele to YOUR classroom! Read More



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1/17/2018 3:49:00 PM  
Whether face to face in the store, out on location, working the phone or feverishly typing on his computer keyboard, Patrick exemplifies true professionalism! He has quickly become the face of West Music’s Quad City piano division and works tirelessly to provide total customer satisfaction... Read More



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1/10/2018 11:38:00 AM  
No matter the age of your kid, by being engaged in your child’s school music program they are more likely to be engaged themselves. Plus, being involved is a lot of fun! For over 75 years, West Music has worked with local communities to bring band and orchestra... Read More



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1/6/2018 2:16:00 PM  

Skylar’s musical goal is to release his own E.P. by the end of 9th grade. His advice to other musicians is to look up to anyone who is currently making a living from their artistic work. Some may have had no idea what they were doing at some point.  Read More




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1/5/2018 3:10:00 PM  
Ian Draves works at West Music as a String Sales Consultant, while managing a local 9-piece Soul/Funk Band “Soul Sherpa”. Ian picked up his first electric bass at the age of ten. Starting middle school Ian took upright bass lessons and played in orchestra and jazz band. Read More



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1/5/2018 2:58:00 PM  
"My daughter has had a great experience at Saunders Vocal Studios at West Music. Through her sessions with Jessica, she has not only learned about music theory and singing technique, but also how to perform. In turn, my daughter’s confidence in singing and performing has grown. Jessica is both professional and personable..." Read More



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1/5/2018 2:32:00 PM  
Davis is a 7th grader and has been taking piano lessons with Louann Flaherty for 3 years. Her musical goal is to become the best pianist and singer that she can be. She loves that music is relaxing, beautiful, and that she feels accomplished when she perfects a piece. Read More



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1/5/2018 1:40:00 PM  
Chris Diemerly is an adult guitar student of Billy Lee Janey. He has been studying with Billy for 2 years. Chris also plays piano (38 years), clarinet (36 years), and the french horn, violin, and harpsichord while he was in college. Chris works at Novolex Packaging. Read More



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12/20/2017 2:58:00 PM  
Flute Authority is a division of West Music Company, Inc. that specializes in the sale and maintenance of professional level flutes. West Music’s involvement in professional level flutes date back to the 1950’s when our founder Pearl West designed and built the first Westwind flute. Read More



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12/14/2017 10:16:00 AM  
Just in time for the holidays, Cedar Rapids (CR) schools were awarded a Fall 2017 VH1 Save the Music Grant. The center piece of the grant was realized on December 4th when West Music delivered to Franklin Middle School... Read More



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12/10/2017 5:13:00 PM  
Move over Neil Diamond  Here come Chris Dimond! Chris Dimond is a guitar instructor at West Music Coralville. He studied Guitar Performance/Film Scoring Studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Jazz Guitar Studies at Freies Musik Zentrum in Munich... Read More



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12/6/2017 4:16:00 PM  
Adam teaches guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele in our lesson studios. He started playing the guitar at age 14 and continued his education by studying guitar performance at McNally Smith College of Music. Read More



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12/6/2017 3:54:00 PM  
Mark is in 8th grade and currently takes guitar lessons with Nate Dalziel. He has been studying with him for about five years. His musical goal is to overcome the fear of playing in front of people. He loves that music helps him focus and advises to other students to listen to their teacher... Read More



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12/6/2017 3:00:00 PM  
"Sofia is an excellent student in every way! She is willing to try many different things in her lessons, including languages, styles, and difficult vocal technique. She asks very insightful questions and has such an inquisitive spirit. It is always a pleasure working with her and I look forward to what we can accomplish together!" Read More



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12/6/2017 8:01:00 AM  
Amy teaches violin and viola here at West Music Cedar Rapids/Marion. She started teaching in Denver in 2003 and joined the West Music team in 2004. She has been teaching for over 14 years. Amy started playing the violin at age 3 and the viola at age 10. Read More



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12/1/2017 6:06:00 PM  
Janet is a professional performer, accompanist, and piano instructor with more than 20 years of experience.  She teaches the piano in a variety of styles according to her students’ needs and interests. In addition to teaching lessons at West Music Piano Gallery, she also teaches... Read More



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12/1/2017 12:34:00 PM  
There are many different models of ukuleles available, so how do you which one you should choose for your classroom? You will want to make sure to choose a quality instrument that will play in tune and produce a good tone - while staying within your budget! Read More



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11/20/2017 8:50:00 AM  
FACT #1: Thanksgiving brings whole families together like no other holiday. FACT #2: Turkeys take a very, very long time to cook. Put those facts together, and it’s clear that you’ll need some fun activities to keep the whole family engaged. What better way to promote family... Read More



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11/11/2017 11:12:00 AM  
Every day we are surrounded by facts about the amazing life benefits of music education. One additional way that we as parents can show our commitment to building a musical life for our children is to work with independent professional teachers in a private, individualized lessons program. Read More.



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