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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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10/2/2017 5:39:00 PM  

Music is the wondrous meeting place of art and science. Part One of “It’s Science!” explained how the volume of a sound is determined by the amplitude of the sound wave. Sound waves have many other characteristics besides amplitude; otherwise, dropping...Read More




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10/1/2017 3:33:00 PM  
Carter Smith has been a piano student of Emily Walter at West Music Des Moines Piano Gallery for 5 years. He is an 8th grader in the Urbandale Community School District. Some of Carter’s school activities include participation in band, jazz band, show choir, cross country, rock climbing, theatre, and drum lessons. Read More



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10/1/2017 2:13:00 PM  
We are pleased to announce that Sam Marchuck, music education consultant, is our August 2017 Associate of the Month! Sam Marchuk represented West Music and himself very well recently at the Strathmore Uke and Guitar Summit in North Bethesda, MD.  Read more



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10/1/2017 7:12:00 AM  
Lora is a piano instructor at West Music Cedar Falls, and she brings nearly 40 years of experience with her to our lesson studios! She began playing the organ in elementary school and continued studying music through high school and college. She obtained her music education degree... Read More



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10/1/2017 6:48:00 AM  
Evan is currently in the fourth grade has been studying violin with Andrea Alert for three years. According to Andrea, “Evan has made some significant improvements in his playing. His note reading abilities and musical understanding are growing." Read More



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9/20/2017 6:19:00 AM  
Are you looking to start a Ukulele Program in your school but not sure where to start? You don’t need to be an accomplished guitar/ukulele player, or have a big budget to add ukulele to your curriculum. Here is what you need... Read More



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9/13/2017 4:34:00 PM  
Learning a musical instrument often represents a child’s first opportunity to discover how a routine of individual practice leads to ever-increasing rewards. For parents, it’s a rare chance ... Read More



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9/1/2017 2:32:00 PM  

Musical education during childhood can positively impact cognitive development, improve social skills, and increase academic achievement through all levels of school and beyond. Read More




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8/28/2017 12:39:00 PM  
Chris Eck is the Director of Music Education at West Music. He worked with Alice Golden for many years before her recent passing. He offers these words in memoriam. Read More



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8/23/2017 2:57:00 PM  
It’s been said a trillion times, and for good reason: practice is absolutely essential for growth as a musician. You can never expect to grow if you don’t understand the value of a good practice session. Marathon runners exercise every day in order to... Read More



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8/18/2017 4:13:00 PM  
Playing and listening to music raises all sorts of fascinating questions about how sound works. Questions like these open the door to the wondrous science of acoustics. Read More



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8/4/2017 12:01:00 PM  
The trumpet (and its very close cousin the cornet horn) add pep to any band. We are very excited that you have chosen it as your instrument! Whether you are a new music student or a parent of a music student... Read More



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8/4/2017 10:51:00 AM  
Congratulations on choosing to play the trombone. Whether you are new to playing music, new to the trombone, or a parent of a new music student, you will want to know these basics soon after.. Read More



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8/4/2017 10:38:00 AM  
Both the alto and tenor saxophones are part of the woodwind family, both use wooden reeds to create sound, and both make excellent beginner instruments! The major difference is that the tenor sax is larger than the alto and produces lower... Read More



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8/3/2017 1:01:00 PM  
Percussionists play some of the most dynamic and exciting pieces of a musical performance. Percussion instruments range from enormous bass drums to tiny finger cymbals, but the three most common percussion instruments in beginning school bands and... Read More



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8/1/2017 4:30:00 PM  
Even though it’s made of metal, your French horn is delicate and should be handled with care. Follow these instructions or the instructions given to you by your music director to prevent damaging the instrument. Read More



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8/1/2017 3:27:00 PM  
Flutes and variations of flutes have been played not only all over the world, but all throughout history. Archeologists have even found flutes made from bone and played by cavemen! As a music student, or a parent of a music student, you will want to know these basics... Read More



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8/1/2017 2:47:00 PM  
The oboe is both a challenging and rewarding instrument to learn. Whether you are new to playing music, new to the oboe, or a parent of a music student, you will want to know these basics soon after receiving your instrument. Read More



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