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.

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.

 

Top 100 Dealer Awards, NAMM

Schmitt Music Wins Two ‘Top 100 Dealer Awards’!

We are proud to announce that Schmitt Music is the winner of the “Best Marketing & Sales Promotion” and “Best Support Music Advocacy” as recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) at the Top 100 Dealer Awards. The awards ceremony took place on July 12, during the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the categories we won at the Top 100 Dealer Awards!

Tom Schmitt receives an award from host Steve Wariner

Schmitt Music President, Tom Schmitt (pictured on right), receives the award for “Best Marketing & Sales Promotion” from event host, American country music star, Steve Wariner (left).

Schmitt Music was also nominated for “Dealer of the Year” at the July 12th event, and was honored as one of the Top 100 Dealers in May 2013. Learn more about Schmitt Music’s awards here: www.schmittmusic.com/nammawards

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.

Pianist Joey Curtin in Concert at Schmitt Music Kansas City!

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Jun 102015
 

Joey Curtin Concert at Schmitt Music Kansas City

Please join us for a concert with Joey Curtin at Schmitt Music Kansas City on Friday, June 12 at 7PM.

This performance will feature original compositions and Americana folk melodies. Joey’s husband, Patrick, will also perform acoustic guitar songs from his new album, which will be released this summer. Suggested donation: $10 at the door.

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

Check out Joey’s version of “Can’t Find My Way Home” by Steve Winwood and Blind Faith here:

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Now living in Kansas City, Joey Curtin is a composer and keyboard artist who began her musical career in the San Francisco Bay area. Her piano and synthesizer compositions are a fusion of jazz, new age, Americana and Celtic influences. Joey’s music has been featured on Public Radio, a PBS documentary and can be heard on Pandora Radio – in fact, Pandora has just added a Joey Curtin (Holiday) station featuring her album “The Electric Christmas Symphony” – learn more on her website: www.joeycurtin.com.

 

Make Music Day at Schmitt Music stores!

Join the worldwide celebration of music!

Visit your Schmitt Music store on Sunday, June 21 and take part in a fun All-Store Music Moment!  Starting at 12:21 p.m. (and each hour thereafter), everyone in our store is invited to grab an instrument and make some music!

Make Music Day is a worldwide, daylong celebration of free, public music on the summer solstice. Most Schmitt Music stores are open on Sunday, June 21st from 12PM to 5PM – Stop by to be a part of an “All-Store Music Moment” at 12:21, 1:21, 2:21, 3:21 and 4:21 p.m.

Contact your Schmitt Music store for store hours and event details, or learn more about “Make Music Day” at makemusicday.org.

15% OFF print music and accessories

When you visit us on “Make Music Day” you’ll GET 15% OFF our low prices on all in-stock print music and accessories!

We’re celebrating the newly remodeled Schmitt Music Omaha all month long! Check out all of our “Grand Re-Opening” sales and special events – CLICK HERE!

In Concert: 2015 Kaufman International Youth Piano Competitors, Students of Jung Spooner!

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Jun 022015
 

Piano Recital, students of Jung Spooner, concert in Kansas City

Schmitt Music is proud to host a special recital featuring two of the most outstanding young American pianists, who happen to be from Kansas!  Please join us THIS SUNDAY, June 7th at 3:30PM at Schmitt Music Kansas City.

The 2015 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition in New York City has chosen only 8 semi-finalists from all over the world to compete for a chance at prizes and a New York debut in Merkin Hall.

Matthew Liu and Alicia Spooner, both students of Jung Spooner, have been chosen to compete with six other aspiring pianists on June 19, 2015 in New York. Please come hear their shared recital, featuring works by Bach, Liszt, Chopin, Grieg, Haydn, Mozart, Berkovich, Auerbach, and Rimsky-Korsakov/Rachmaninoff.

Please call 913-663-4756, email us at kckb@schmittmusic.com or to use our online RSVP form.

Matthew Yuheng Liu, 8 years old, has been studying the piano since the age of 5 under Jung Spooner. Matthew was the winner of his division in the 2014 Kansas piano auditions and has performed all over the state in honors recitals and showcases in Kansas City, Lawrence, and Wichita. Matthew is looking forward to competing at the prestigious Kaufman International Youth Piano Competition in NYC. He was one out of eight contestants chosen around the world in the 7-9 age division. Apart from piano, Matthew was the state winner of the 2014 USA Math Kangaroo competition and is a proud Jayhawk, and enjoys sports, reading, and science.

Alicia Myong-Ha Spooner, 9 years old has been playing the piano for four years under the tutelage of her mother, Jung Spooner. In addition, she has coachings with her father, the concert pianist, Steven Spooner. Recently, Alicia was selected to compete in the Kaufman International Youth Piano Competition. This prestigious event will take place June, 2015 in NYC. Alicia was one of eight pianists selected in the 7-9 age division. In addition, Alicia is the two-time state piano champion in her division in Kansas and has performed all over the state in honors recitals and showcases in Kansas City, Lawrence, Wichita, and Topeka. She is a featured piano student on the internet show, A Life of Music. Aside from piano, Alicia loves to read, play chess, and spending time with her friends.

Learn more about the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition: kaufmanmusiccenter.org.

Limited-time Music Lesson Deal at Schmitt Music Omaha! Grand Re-Opening Savings!

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Jun 012015
 

Schmitt Music Omaha, Music Lesson deal

“Grand Re-Opening” Deal for New Lesson Students!

GET A FREE LESSON! All new private lesson students will get 6 lessons for the price of 5, when you sign up by June 30th. Plus, you’ll pay only a $5 Registration Fee – A $25 SAVINGS!

Schmitt Music has decades of experience providing music lessons. We teach private one-on-one lessons for beginners through advanced level students. Our teachers are highly qualified and have the skills to make your experience satisfying, rewarding and fun! Music lesson rates typically range from $20 to $30.

Visit Schmitt Music Omaha today, or find the right teacher for you with our online lesson search @ schmittmusic.com/lessons.

We’re celebrating the newly remodeled Schmitt Music Omaha all month long! Check out all of our “Grand Re-Opening” sales and special events – CLICK HERE!
 

BRAVO! Step Up Grand Opening event

GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION SAVINGS!

This month we’re celebrating the newly remodeled Schmitt Music Omaha, and you can SAVE UP TO $100 on a qualifying new Performance or Professional “Bravo! Step Up” instrument!
Get our exclusive “Bravo! Certificate” to save up to $100 now – CLICK HERE to view and download the certificate!

Bravo instrumentsJust download and print the certificate, and then visit your Schmitt Music store to play and compare “Bravo! Step Up” instruments. Let us help you choose the perfect instrument!

Schmitt Music’s “Bravo! Step-Up” Instrument Program offers superior quality instruments for advancing band and orchestra students. A performance quality instrument can help your son or daughter learn faster, play longer, and inspire them to stretch to the limit of their talent.

If you currently have a contract with us for a beginner band or orchestra instrument, now is a great time for you to take advantage of the equity credit you have accrued – UP TO $450 toward the purchase of a new instrument!

Contact your Schmitt Music store to make your selection appointment during June, or click here to learn more about the “BRAVO! Step Up” Instrument Program.

We’re celebrating the newly remodeled Schmitt Music Omaha all month long! Check out all of our “Grand Re-Opening” sales and special events – CLICK HERE!
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