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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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11/6/2017 3:36:00 PM  
Vincent is in the 4th grade and plays the piano and recorder. He has been studying with West Music Instructor, Terri Brandt, for two years. Terri nominated Vincent to be Musician of the Month because he works very hard and progresses each week. Read More



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11/6/2017 3:27:00 PM  
Matthew is an electric guitar student of Billy Lee Janey. He also plays the clarinet for school. Matthew is in the 6th grade at Taft Middle School. He has been studying with Billy for a little over a year. Read More



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11/6/2017 2:51:00 PM  
Lydia Evans has studied piano in our West Music Lessons program for 5 years. She began her studies with Alice Golden, and continues with Sarah Beckelheimer. Lydia is in the 4th grade and also plays the violin. She plans to play in her elementary orchestra next year! Read More



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11/6/2017 8:57:00 AM  
KALA radio held a broadcast about Charles Harper, a veteran who was invited to their station to transfer his old recordings into a digital format. As a young man, Harper was a proficient musician and received an opportunity to attend Julliard School of Music... Read More



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11/1/2017 5:08:00 AM  
Helena is 6th grade student in our West Music Lessons program. She has studied flute with Rose Bishop for 2 years, ukulele with Chris Eck for 2 years, and violin with William and Donald Gentzsch for 4 years. She enjoys band, orchestra and aerial dance. Read More



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11/1/2017 4:57:00 AM  
Holly Larson is a piano student of Chuck Michaelson here at West Music in Marion/Cedar Rapids. She has been studying with Chuck for 5 months. She attends school at St. Matthews and is in the 4th grade. Chuck nominated Holly because, "She has a lot of enthusiasm..." Read More



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11/1/2017 3:51:00 AM  
We are pleased to announce the September 2017 Associate of the Month! Much gratitude and appreciation goes out to Angela Cox for her positive attitude and outstanding efforts during our very busy production seasons of catalog, Back To School, and on into Holiday. Read More



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10/25/2017 2:54:00 PM  
Proper maintenance is essential to keeping your brass wind instrument in top condition. While different instruments have their own parts and design, their care is very much the same. All brass instruments require cleaning and careful handling. Here's some tips! Read More



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10/25/2017 2:12:00 PM  
Proper maintenance is essential to keeping your woodwind instrument in top playing condition. While each instrument in the woodwind family is unique and need their own care kits, some maintenance is universal. All woodwinds need regular cleaning and careful handling. Read More



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10/23/2017 5:41:00 AM  

Almost every instrument requires some repetitive motion and therefore can lead to injury over time. Even young players can injure themselves over the course of just a few months. The good news is that there is one sure-fire way to protect your child from strain and injury, and that is to maintain good posture! Read More




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10/19/2017 4:33:00 PM  
West Music Decorah is proud to present the newest member of our teaching team, BRIANNE ANDERSON. Extensive experience in orchestral, band, and solo performances as well as flute choir and other small ensembles provides Ms. Anderson with a well-rounded approach to flute playing. Read More



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10/19/2017 3:11:00 PM  
Emma Schmelzer is a 6th grader who has been taking violin lessons at West Music for two years. In addition to her violin studies, Emma also plays the flute in the school band. Emma was recently awarded the title of Winneshiek County Little Miss Cowgirl... Read More



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10/18/2017 11:43:00 AM  

The third Saturday in October is Sweetest Day! This beautiful day that celebrates love and appreciation in every form dates back to the early 1920s. Today, we celebrate Sweetest Day by finding little ways to remind all the special people in our lives how much they are appreciated. Read More




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10/15/2017 1:53:00 PM  
Excelling as a professional saxophonist, clarinetist, and flautist, Saul Lubaroff stands as a central cog in the Eastern Iowa music scene. Read More



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10/10/2017 3:27:00 PM  

There are 4 sizes of ukuleles – soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.  The smallest of these, the soprano, is the most common for beginners.  This is due to it having the lowest cost of the bunch, making it ... Read More




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10/9/2017 9:21:00 AM  

Everybody knows that musicians improve by practicing. But the question of how much time your kids should spend practicing isn’t as simple as “the more, the better.” Read More




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