Noteworthy

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

Professional Musician, Jessy J, is Living Proof That Music Lessons Matter

As parents, we want to support our children’s ambitions, doing what we can to give them the experiences and confidence that will lead them to the career of their dreams. If your child aspires to a career in music, it’s going to take more than being a good performer. Jessy J, professional saxophonist, is living proof that music lessons and music education matter in the journey that leads to a successful music career. Jessy J was a special guest artist for the 2021 virtual Midwestern Music Camp, and she will be performing during the 2022 Heartstrings Gala, a benefit for...

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Private Lessons Supplement

Why band and orchestra parents should consider private music lessons When your child plays in the school band or orchestra, back-to-school time is even more of a frenzy than usual. For beginning students, there are instruments to buy or rent, materials to purchase, music teachers to meet and a performance schedule to follow. Not to mention, encouraging your kid to practice and supporting a love for playing and being open to changing instruments until a great fit is found. For older students who’ve “settled in” with their instruments, there are performances to attend, competitions to prepare for and even opportunities...

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Questions About Private Music Lessons?

Are you thinking about private music lessons for your child? It's good to do your research before making an investment. We've compiled the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about private music lessons below. What is the best age at which to start my child with private music lessons at Meyer Music? This is a question that gets asked quite frequently. The answer depends on several factors. Does your child show an interest and a desire to learn music? Does he or she have a good attention span? Is he or she physically large enough to comfortably...

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2021 Free Midwestern Music Camp for All

Add Music Camp to Your “Summer Fun” List If you’re looking for activities for your kiddos this summer, check out the virtual Midwestern Music Camp. Thanks to generous financial support from Band of Angels and Meyer Music, all students attended free of cost. June 14 – 16 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST It’s an amazing opportunity for students to interact with KU faculty and music professionals. It’s held virtually again for 2021. It includes virtual sessions, Zoom private lessons and pre-recorded YouTube content. It’s fun, educational and FREE for participants. Register Now Unfamiliar with the Midwestern Music Camp? Here’s...

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Your Guide to Renting a Trombone

The Best Rent-to-Own Packages for Trombone Players in Kansas City Area School Districts   Sing along now… “Seventy-six trombones led the big parade…” It’s one of the most popular song lyrics from “The Music Man” musical. If your child decides to take up the trombone, you’re in for a treat. Yes, trombones are loud, but they’re also a very popular instrument. We know, not just because of the famous song lyrics, but rather because we rent hundreds of trombones every year to Kansas City area middle and high school trombone players. If your child is wanting to play the trombone...

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Meyer Music’s Clarinet Rental Guide

The Best Rent-to-Own Packages for Kansas City Area School District Clarinet Players Your child comes home from school and announces, “I want to take band and play clarinet!” You think, “Great! Now what?” It’s time to research clarinet rentals. Meyer Music works directly with many Kansas City area school district band directors so that we are sure to have exactly everything a clarinet player needs for band class. Even better, we can deliver the clarinet rental and any accessories or music books directly to your child’s classroom. Clarinet rentals are a smart choice for both middle school band students and...

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Get Out the Tissues, Joel Goldberg Interviews Mike Meyers on “Round the Bases”

Joel Goldberg, host of “Round the Bases,” talked to Mike Meyer of Meyer Music about Band of Angels. Sure, Joel’s show is sports focused, but he and Mike have been friends for a few years. Joel is quick to point out that while he has no music background, he understands the connection between playing sports and playing an instrument. Both activities provide students a sense of purpose, joy, teamwork, structure, not to mention these qualities last into adulthood. Joel also is aware that the cost of sports and musical equipment can be a barrier for kids who want to participate....

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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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