Noteworthy

The latest news from Meyer Music and interesting stories from around the Kansas City band and orchestra scene.

Finding Ways to Let Them Play Their Band and Orchestra Instruments

Here we are at the “outro” of summer break, a three-month crescendo leading up to Kansas City metro school districts’ leaders deciding whether students would return to their classrooms in person, virtually or a hybrid version of both in person and online. With local schools now either in session or will be within days, decisions are set in stone, or as much as they can be. Many band and orchestra students playing it by ear as they wait to hear exactly how their directors will conduct classes this year. For marching band musicians, even playing at football games is a...

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The Music Doesn’t Stop for Band and Orchestra Students This Fall

As you well know, school districts across the Kansas City metro area have released their “Return to School” plans. Also, as you well know, these plans are subject to change with many district superintendents already announcing revisions. Depending on the district your band or orchestra musician attends, you have in-person, virtual and hybrid options from which to choose when schools open this fall. Many of us at Meyer Music are parents, too. We understand the emotions and uncertainty all parents are dealing with on a daily basis as we navigate school districts’ learning options, verifying whether what we read online...

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The Beat Goes on for Midwestern Music Camp at KU

The Midwestern Music Camp and University of Kansas’s faculty came together to conduct a virtual version of their summer music camp held June 15 – 17, 2020. Always popular with student musicians around the country, this year’s camp was no different. More than 1,900 students enrolled in the three-day event, free of cost thanks to generous financial support from Band of Angels , Meyer Music, Fox4 Kansas City and Yamaha Music. The camp exceeded participation expectations: Included students from 46 states and U.S. territories 5 countries participated 72 virtual sessions were held 293 individual lessons were provided “Because so much...

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Do Music Lessons for Students Improve Math, Science and English Test Scores?

Science says yes. Parents, are you less than thrilled with your child’s academic performance and grades? Are you worrying about how to maintain your child’s self-esteem during the infamously rough middle school years? Do you look for relevant ways to enrich your child’s life now that will have life-long benefits? Those questions might sound like the opening lines of an infomercial for affordable music lessons. Even so, they bring up points that generations of parents have lost sleep over. And, every parent has thought up his or her own ideas, incentives and ideas in response. What if all along the...

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Online Music Lessons Alleviating Stress for Students

During “normal” times, usually students begin learning to play an instrument for one of two reasons. Either their parents encourage them to learn or the student has shown a personal interest in music and asked to take lessons. During this global health crisis, we are experiencing increased interest in private music lessons. Regardless of the reason, when children take music lessons, what they take away from them affects far more than their musical talent. Not only do the skills they learn carry over to academic performance and their adult lives, they help alleviate the stress students are feeling while their...

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Online Music Lessons Give Kansas City Students and Parents a Much-Needed Break

A little bit of humor is always appreciated when times are tough. Some of the funniest things we’ve seen since local school districts closed their buildings and went to online learning are parents’ posts about teaching their kids in the new homeschool environment (meaning the kitchen table). Many of us at Meyer Music are parents, too, and share the same desire to stab our eyes out when helping our kids with their math homework. All kidding aside though, it’s easier to homeschool some subjects than others. Math, language arts, social studies, science—all can be learned solo. All are considered core...

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Local Music Directors Share Practice Tips and Activities During Social Distancing

Students are used to working solo in their math, English and science classes. But, how in the world do social-based band and orchestra classes work in the e-learning world of social distancing? Student musicians depend on playing together under the watchful eye (and ear) of their band or orchestra directors to learn and improve. We spoke to three Kansas City area music teachers and directors about how they’re connecting with their students in a meaningful, productive and positive way. If you’re looking for ideas to practice and improve during social distancing, these teachers will inspire you. Music Apps and Lessons...

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5 Things to Consider Before Enrolling Your Child In Private Music

A helpful beginner’s guide for parents If you’re considering enrolling your child in music lessons, here are five things you need to know. When should I enroll my child in private music lessons? (more…)

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Tournament of Roses Honors Kansas City’s Band of Angels for Making A Difference

Louisburg High School Marching Wildcat Band receives $1,000 grant for young musicians in need. The Kansas City community spirit is alive and well, making a difference for Louisburg High School band members who were selected to march in the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2018. Tournament of Roses Parade President Lance Tibbet visited Louisburg, Kansas recently to recognize the achievement of the Louisburg High School Marching Wildcat Band, and honor Band of Angels and the Kansas City community for their generosity. Tibbet and his wife, Amelia, underscored the importance of strong community that quietly...

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From Band Students to Band Directors, Meyer Music Helps Pave the Road to Success

What did you want to be when you grew up? Chances are the answer changed from the time you were in middle or high school to when you graduated college. But some people just know from an early age the career path they want to follow. That is the case with Chase Wallace and Max Rohlf, both currently seniors at the University of Kansas (KU) and doing their student teaching at the secondary level in Overland Park school districts. Chase and Max are applying for band director jobs for next school year. (more…)

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