Yamaha Silent Brass demo at Schmitt Music

Visit your Schmitt Music store today and try the NEW SILENT Brass system from Yamaha! The SILENT Brass system is a high-tech practice mute for brass instruments that allows you to practice anywhere, any time. You can hear yourself playing with headphones, and it’s nearly silent to everyone else!
SILENT Brass is great for all players, at any level. Stop in for a demo today – you simply have to try it!

You want to play when and as you like, without being confined to time or place… Yamaha’s next generation SILENT Brass makes it happen! The new SILENT Brass consists of a smaller, lighter, free blowing Pickup Mute, and the Personal Studio, which features Yamaha’s exclusive Brass Resonance Modeling. Used together, the two deliver the natural acoustic tone you hear when playing without a mute, making it feel as though you’re playing mute-free!

Check out this video to watch great performers and educators trying the new SILENT Brass system for the first time:

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Schmitt Music carries new SILENT Brass models including the SB7XC for trumpet and SB5XC for trombones. Other models available include the SB6XC for flugelhorn and SB3XC for French horns. Contact your Schmitt Music store and make an appointment with an Instrument Specialist today!

 

Made in America at Schmitt Music stores

We’re Celebrating American-made Products!

Schmitt Music proudly sells hundreds of quality instruments, accessories and print music products that are made in the United States of America – LEARN MORE!

This summer, buy American-made musical products and support great brands like Steinway & Sons pianos, Conn-Selmer woodwind and brass instruments, Fender and Martin guitars, and print music from Hal Leonard, Alfred Music Publishing and many more. Visit your Schmitt Music store today or click here to see great music brands that are “Made in America.”

 

Christmas in July promotion at Schmitt Music stores

Get in the holiday spirit this summer!

Visit your Schmitt Music store for our “Christmas in July” event this month – do a bit of early holiday shopping, get special financing, and find some great deals – LEARN MORE!

Now through July 31st, you can shop a great selection of holiday print music, get Special Financing on instruments, save up to 20% OFF on accessories and more. Click here or contact your Schmitt Music store for details.

Win a pair of 3-DAY PASSES to Summer Set Music & Camping Festival on August 14th – 16th!

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Jun 302015
 

Enter to win tickets by Thursday, August 6th!

Schmitt Music and City Pages are giving away SIX PAIRS of 3-day passes to the Summer Set Music and Camping Festival on August 14, 15 and 16 in Somerset, WI (six contest winners will each receive two 3-day General Admission festival passes). Click here to learn more about the festival.

Enter the ticket giveaway online NOW through Thursday, August 6, 2015. Six winners will be chosen at random and notified by phone and/or email on Friday, August 7.

Summer Set Music & Camping Festival is the ultimate Summer experience. A 3-day celebration of everything we love about Summer, featuring a unique blend of artists on multiple stages in an incredible northern Wisconsin setting. We encourage you to camp. To go tubing down the Apple River. To party until 2am and soak up everything that is great about Summer, one last time. The Summer of 2015 sets August 14, 15, 16 in Somerset, Wisconsin. CLICK HERE to learn more about the festival. Acts include Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, DEADMAU5, The Weeknd, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Purity Ring, Thievery Corporation, Tune Yards, Lizzo, Cloud Cult and many more!

Schmitt Music Awarded Kawai’s “Dealer of the Year, Digital Pianos” at the Winter NAMM Show!

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Mar 012015
 

Schmitt Music Kawai digital piano award

Schmitt Music was recently honored by Kawai Pianos with the “Dealer of the Year – Digital Pianos” award at the annual Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California.

The award represents an extraordinary achievement by Schmitt Music’s Piano Specialists, who sold more Kawai digital pianos than any other company in the U.S. last year! Schmitt Music proudly represents Kawai instruments in every market where we do business. Contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist today to set up your showing, and let us help you find the perfect piano!

Kawai’s annual awards reception was held on the opening night of the NAMM show, on Thursday, January 22, 2015. At the event, President of Kawai Global Group, Hirotaka Kawai, noted that in 2014 Kawai received seven major international awards for excellence, the most ever in a single year.

Kawai Award for Dealer of the Year - Digital Pianos

Schmitt Music Company receives the “Dealer of the Year – Digital Pianos” award in Anaheim, CA (above) at the Winter NAMM Show. (L-R): Naoki Mori, president, Kawai America Corporation; Duane Norton, Regional Sales Manager, Schmitt Music; Wayne Reinhardt, Senior VP, Chief Operating Officer, Schmitt Music; Hirotaka Kawai, president, Kawai Global Group; Tom Wennblom, Institutional Sales Manager, Schmitt Music.

Kawai Award, 2015 Namm event

 

Music Makes Us Whole is supported by Schmitt Music

Every child can reap the benefits of music when communities and schools support a complete music learning framework. Schmitt Music is a proud sponsor of “Music Makes Us Whole” – a great new resource for Minnesota’s school music programs!

Music Makes Us Whole is the initiative of several dozen Minnesota non-profit and for-profit organizations that believe every child deserves a rich music education. We advocate for this because of music’s intrinsic value in the human experience, and also for the whole-brain and whole-life benefits to the child as well as his or her community.

Visit musicmakesuswhole.org to learn more, and get involved. Call your local Principal or Superintendent and ask how music is doing in your school.

Principals and superintendents value input from community members. Have a conversation, focus on students, and share why music is important for a child’s success.Music learning is proven to support students. That can only happen when your school has a strong music program. Make sure every child in your community receives the boost that music learning provides.


Schmitt Music is deeply involved in advocating on behalf of music education. In addition to donations of volunteer time and in-kind gifts, for over 45 years the Schmitt Foundation has donated 5% of pre-tax income to music-oriented charities.

“Our vision is to be our customers’ preferred resource for everything they need to accomplish their musical goals,” said Tom Schmitt. “We want to help people become music makers for life, and we strive to make a quality musical education available for every kid in our service area!”

As a long-standing and ongoing corporate commitment, Schmitt Music has taken direct action to help needy students receive the benefits of a musical education. For nearly 30 years, the company has organized, promoted and conducted numerous used instrument drives to put quality instruments into the hands of needy children – and Schmitt Music supports the similar work of “Music for All Children” and “Vega Productions” through instrument donations, referrals and the use of our stores as drop-off points. Tens of thousands of instruments have been put into the hands of disadvantages students through those efforts.

Please help Schmitt Music realize our mission… help make a quality musical education available for every child in Minnesota. Learn more about the benefits of music education, and get involved – CLICK HERE to visit the Music Makes Us Whole website.

Schmitt Music Edina Wins “Best Music Lessons” Award!

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Mar 062014
 

Best of 2014, Edina Magazine

Schmitt Music Edina Wins “Best Music Lessons” Award!

We are proud to announce that Schmitt Music Edina is the winner of a “Best Music Lessons” Award, as recognized in Edina Magazine’s “Best of 2014 Reader’s Choice” edition. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

With 4,000 weekly music lessons, one of the best selections of saxophones and trumpets in the country and 15 stores operating in the Midwest, it’s no wonder Schmitt Music earns this top spot. “The Edina location is the largest lesson-offering store in the company,” says director of education, Michael Wright. “It’s a great store. People are very happy with the services and education they receive.”

Are you interested in music lessons?! Try Schmitt Music’s easy online lesson search to browse teachers by instrument, store, or age/skill level. You can even sign up online!   CLICK HERE to find the right music teacher today!

Check out the rest of Edina Magazine’s “Best of 2014 Reader’s Choice” list on their website: www.edinamag.com.


In 2013, Schmitt Music won two awards at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) TOP 100 DEALER AWARDS: “Best Support Music Advocacy” and “Best Marketing & Sales Promotion.”  CLICK HERE to learn more about our NAMM recognition.

Benedictine College is officially an All-Steinway School

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Jul 272015
 

All-Steinway School, Benedictine College, Schmitt Music Kansas City

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas has been named an “All-Steinway School,” joining the elite list of music programs that insist on the world’s finest pianos.

On July 20th, three Steinway pianos, including a new Model D Concert Grand, arrived on campus – the final step in joining the roster of All-Steinway Schools. Now, every piano at Benedictine College, from classrooms to rehearsal rooms to the recital hall and performance venues, is a Steinway.

There are more than 2,500 colleges/universities in America and thousands more around the world, and only 172 have been designated All-Steinway Schools. Now Benedictine College joins that elite list. Not only do these schools demonstrate a commitment to high quality music education, they also commit themselves to a specified Steinway maintenance schedule that includes temperature and humidity control as well as regular tuning by Steinway & Sons technicians.

“The dream of every music department in the world is to become an All-Steinway School and we are thrilled to be among the few institutions that have this honor,” said Dr. Ruth Krusemark, chair of the Music Department and the Mother Evangelista Kremmeter Professor of Benedictine Traditions and Values. “Our students will reap the greatest benefits of the pianos by practicing and performing on the best the industry has to offer. To make music on a Steinway increases your love for the wonderful sounds the instrument provides and inspires students to reach for their highest performance potential.”

Schmitt Music Kansas City is proud to have been a part of the process. We are devoted to partnering with fine institutions to help them acquire and maintain the best instruments the world has to offer.

CLICK HERE to learn more about our Institutional Piano Sales Department. (Right: Harry Reed, Manager of Schmitt Music Kansas City, celebrates with Dr. Ruth Krusemark, Benedictine College’s Music Department Chair).  Read more about the process of becoming an All-Steinway School on Benedictine College’s website – or watch a short video clip below, featuring Dr. Ruth Krusemark performing Clair de Lune on one of the school’s new Steinway pianos.

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To learn more about Steinway pianos in the Greater Kansas City area, call 913-663-4756 or email us at kckb@schmittmusic.com. Please contact one of our Piano Specialists to schedule your showing, or visit us at Schmitt Music Kansas City today!

Randall Faber “Piano Adventures” Workshop at Schmitt Music Sioux Falls

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Jul 062015
 

Randall Faber

“Developing Musical Minds and Hearts”

Schmitt Music and Hal Leonard present a “Piano Adventures” Workshop with Randall Faber at Schmitt Music Sioux Falls on Wednesday, August 19 from 9AM to 12PM – FREE!

Today’s digital world emphasizes and rewards logical, sequential thinking. But what about the richness of creativity, expression and personal artistry? These are developed in the heart… and in the piano lesson! Join us in exploring practical links to powerful outcomes!

Walk-up registration on August 19th begins at 8:30AM, but seating is limited, so please register to save your spot ASAP!

Contact Jason Ratliff, Print Music Specialist & Store Manager: call 605-339-6030 or to RSVP online.

Randall Faber performs extensively as a classical pianist and lectures on musical artistry and talent development around the world. His performances have aired on television and public radio. He was a master teacher for the Music Teachers National Association Conference and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has presented as guest artist at universities throughout North America and Asia. Randall holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in education and human development from Vanderbilt University.

Randall, with his wife Nancy, have combined their backgrounds as composer and performer to become leading supporters of piano teachers and students. The husband and wife team has authored over 200 publications, including the bestselling Piano Adventures® method and the PreTime® to BigTime® Piano Supplementary Library.

Learn more about “Faber Piano Adventures” at pianoadventures.com.

Nick Busheff “Kick Off to Europe Concert” at Schmitt Music!

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Jul 012015
 

Kickoff Concert with Nick Busheff

Join us as Pianist Nick Busheff gives a preview of his upcoming performances in Germany – Sunday, July 12th at 4:00PM at Schmitt Music DenverFREE CONCERT!

The program includes original pieces, jazz standards, sacred and classical favorites. Nick will also perform his new composition “Grimm’s Fairy Tales for Piano,” and a tribute to Van Cliburn. Special guests; vocalist Nancy Stohlman and organist Barbara Dawson.

RSVP to save your seat! Please call 303-777-1900, email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com, or RSVP online –

Pianist Nick Busheff is known as a diverse composer, director and dynamic performer of the concert stage. After years of classical training, degrees and awards from leading conservatories, he ventured into popular music. Nick has written and recorded solo piano albums, ensemble projects and music for theater and film. Busheff has shared the stage with several Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winning artists and performed for celebrities and political dignitaries. His music was featured in the independent film Angel on Fire and the multi award-winning feature film The One Who Loves You where he made a cameo appearance.

Frequent collaborations include co-writing and producing music videos with lounge band Kinky Mink vocalist Nancy Stohlman. Busheff’s music directing credits include Brecht on Brecht, The Wilderness Ensemble, Wink! Songs with the Flirt Built In, Love Potion #9, From Bach to Billy Joel and many others. In 2013 Nick co-produced, performed and composed music for Nancy Stohlman’s The Monster Opera which will return to the stage in 2015. Nick Busheff is an annual guest artist at the United States International Duo Piano Competition and has been featured on both KUVO (jazz) and KVOD (classical) radio stations. Learn more about Nick at nickbusheff.wordpress.com.

Piano Recital by Ariana Krasniqi DuPont at Schmitt Music Kansas City!

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Jun 182015
 

Ariana Dupont at Schmitt Music Kansas City

Please join us for a recital by pianist Ariana Krasniqi DuPont at Schmitt Music Kansas City on Sunday, June 28 at 2PM.

This free performance will feature Mozart’s Fantasia No. 3 in D minor, Beethoven’s 32 Variations in C minor, plus two “Ballades” and two “Nocturnes” by Chopin. View the program here.

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your seat! Please call 913-663-4756 or to RSVP online.


Ariana Krasniqi DuPont, a Kosovarian concert pianist, began studying piano at the age of eleven under Hadije Gjinali and performed her first solo concert at the age of fifteen. She worked with several pianists such as Valbona Pula Petrovci, Lule Elezi, and Indira Cipa while performing frequently in the region. Immediately after the war in Kosovo (2000), she received her first scholarship from the city of Prizren, started to study under Boris Romanov
in Skopje, and graduated from the Lorenc Antoni Music School, Prizren, in 2001.

In the same year she entered Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium of Frankfurt, Germany, where her talent was quickly recognized and supported. She received several grants from Gertrud-Assmann Stiftung, the Patronatsverein of the Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium, the Lions Club of Weilburg, the Richard Wagner-Stipendium in 2005. Her performances have taken her to various cities in Germany and throughout Europe. Among her many solo performances she also collaborated with various
orchestras. She was actively engaged as a chamber musician and regularly hired as a piano accompanist by the Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium.

In 2009, she graduated under Wolfgang Hess and Irina Edelstein, receiving two masters degrees in Music Education and Piano Performance, from Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium and the Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst, both in Frankfurt, Germany. Ariana has taken master classes from renowned pianists such as Erika Haase, Irina Edelstein, Derek Hahn, Diez Eichler, Sylvia Wang, Walter Delahunt and Steven Spooner.

Since 2002, she has enjoyed teaching many piano students of different ages and levels, organised many student concerts and workshops, and prepared them for competitions and entry into universities. She currently resides with her Husband and Son in Lawrence, Kansas. Learn more on her website: www.arianadupont.com.

“Two Piano Benefit Concert” for Kidney Cancer Research Funding at Schmitt Music Kansas City!

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Jun 182015
 

Two Piano Benefit Concert, Kidney Cancer Research, at Schmitt Music Kansas City

Please join us at Schmitt Music Kansas City for a “Two Piano Benefit Concert” by pianists Brenda Casey and Pat Todd on Monday, June 29 at 7PM.

The “Concerts to Conquer Kidney Cancer” are a series of concert fundraisers to benefit Action to Cure Kidney Cancer and kidney cancer research. “Action to Cure Kidney Cancer” is the only major cancer organization raising money exclusively to fund kidney cancer research. Visit www.ackc.org/concerts for more information.

Concert is free admission – donations appreciated!

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your seat! Please call 913-663-4756 or to RSVP online.


Both Pat and Brenda studied piano at an early age — Pat in Pittsburgh, PA, and Brenda in Emporia, KS. Both went on to become educators. Pat taught high school math, and Brenda college French. Currently, Pat owns and directs an eighteen piece swing band — Tuxedo Junction: The Sounds of Swing which performs throughout CT, NY, and MA.

After working as house pianist for several CT restaurants, Brenda now plays primarily for clubs and private functions — often joined by bassist Jeff Fuller. She is also a member of Tuxedo Junction.

A two-piano team since 1998, Pat and Brenda have entertained widely. In 2005, their annual concerts became fundraisers for ACKC. This year they will appear in Guilford, CT, and in recital halls in Essex, CT, Philadelphia, PA, Raleigh, NC, Kansas City, KS, and Boulder, CO.

Pianist Stephen Stouder in Concert at Schmitt Music Edina

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Jun 102015
 

Pianist Stephen Stouder in Concert at Schmitt Music Edina

Please join us for a free concert by pianist Stephen Stouder at Schmitt Music Edina on Wednesday, June 24 at 7PM!

Stephen Stouder is an amateur pianist who has competed in events including the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition. The evening’s program includes the first movement of Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3,” Chopin’s “Fantaisie in F minor” and Beethoven’s “Sonata 27 in E minor.” Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your seat!

Please call 612-238-9941 or to RSVP online.

Watch Stephen perform Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 – his “Preliminary Performance” at the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs:

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Stephen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Stephen began his musical studies on violin at the age of 8. He switched to cello and started piano lessons at the age of 10. He was a member of orchestras including the William & Mary College Community Orchestra where he was Principal Cellist. He performed on the piano, playing concertos with the orchestras he belonged to growing up. Stephen currently studies under Julia Elkina at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. He was a participant in The Van Cliburn International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Fort Worth, Texas, May 22 through May 29, 2011. He will be participating in the Hans Von Bulow International Piano Competition in Meiningen, Germany, June 27th through July 4th 2015.

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