Home School Open House at Schmitt Music stores!

Would you like to provide new music education opportunities for your children? Come to one of Schmitt Music’s “Home School Open House” events to learn about the classes we can provide for you and your family!

• Tuesday, August 19 at 7PM – Schmitt Music Roseville

• Thursday, August 21 at 7PM – Schmitt Music Burnsville

This event is specifically designed for home school parents, families and co-ops to learn about Schmitt Music’s education programs. We will have representatives from our “Strike Up The Band” program, individual and group lessons and more!

Schmitt Music is committed to providing you with the highest quality music education. View our Schmitt Music University webpage to learn more about all of our music education offerings!

If you have any questions or would like more information about this event, please contact Michael Wright, Schmitt Music’s Education Department Director, by phone at 763-398-5046 or CLICK HERE to send an email inquiry.

 

Kawai Factory Rebates on K Series

REBATES ON KAWAI K SERIES UPRIGHT PIANOS!

Visit your Schmitt Music piano store today and get manufacturer rebates on new Kawai K Series acoustic upright pianos! Purchase an eligible Kawai upright before August 31, 2014, and you’ll qualify for a factory rebate up to $450!

Visit your Schmitt Music store today to see and hear why Kawai pianos are the choice of those who know. Contact one of our friendly, knowledgeable Piano Specialists to set up a showing today!

Eligible Models: K-200 / K-2, K-300 / K-3, K-400, K-500 / K-5, K-800 / K-8 / K-6; K-15 not eligible

Hurry… these rebates are available for one month only! Rebates are good on qualifying in-stock or special order pianos; not valid with other offers. Ask your Piano Specialist for details.

 

Digital piano headquarters, back-to-school

We’re your “Back-to-School” Digital Piano Headquarters!

Let our piano experts help you get back to music with a great new digital piano! Start off the school year with a quality instrument from Casio, Celviano, Kawai or Roland. Schmitt Music always offers a great selection, great prices and great advice.

Get 88-note, weighted key, teacher–approved digital pianos from just $499.99!

Find cutting-edge features like digital recording, MIDI recording, weighted key actions, grand piano actions with let off, wood or plastic keys, software integration, score printing, headphones and more!

Roland, Casio, Celviano Kawai digital piano brands

Questions about digital or acoustic pianos? Contact our experts! Visit us at Schmitt Music Denver or check out our Piano Specialists page: schmittmusic.com/denverpianos.  Get contact info, learn about our team, or set up an appointment to shop with an expert today! Ask about our “same as cash” and other great financing options, like 0% Interest, 6 Months Financing!

Call 303-777-1900 or send us an email to dnkb@schmittmusic.com today!

 

Digital piano headquarters, back-to-school

We’re your “Back-to-School” Digital Piano Headquarters!

Let our piano experts help you get back to music with a great new digital piano! Start off the school year with a quality instrument from Casio, Celviano, Kawai or Roland. Schmitt Music always offers a great selection, great prices and great advice.

Get 88-note, weighted key, teacher–approved digital pianos from just $499.99!

Find cutting-edge features like digital recording, MIDI recording, weighted key actions, grand piano actions with let off, wood or plastic keys, software integration, score printing, headphones and more!

Roland, Casio, Celviano Kawai digital piano brands

Questions about digital or acoustic pianos? Contact our experts! Visit us at Schmitt Music Kansas City or check out our Piano Specialists page: schmittmusic.com/kcpianos.  Get contact info, learn about our team, or set up an appointment to shop with an expert today! Ask about our “same as cash” and other great financing options, like 0% Interest, 6 Months Financing!

Call 913-663-4756 or send us an email to kckb@schmittmusic.com today!

 

MAS presents Songwriting Workshop with Andrea Stolpe at Schmitt Music Edina

The Minnesota Association of Songwriters proudly presents a “Songwriting Workshop Series” at Schmitt Music stores in the Twin Cities:

Join us at Schmitt Music Edina for lyric & songwriting workshop with multi-platinum recorded songwriter Andrea Stolpe on Saturday, August 9 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.

A Los Angeles-based songwriter and educator, Stolpe will conduct the second workshop. She has been a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing, with cuts by Faith Hill, Julianne Hough and others. Stolpe wrote Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling, and teaches Songwriting at the UC’s Thornton School of Music. For the past 10 years, Stolpe has taught songwriting courses for Berklee Online.

Admission: $25 at the door. Please RSVP to save your spot: call 612-238-9930 or to fill out the online RSVP form.

Get an idea of what you’ll learn at the workshop with this “Songwriting Lesson” from Andrea:

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Andrea StolpeAndrea Stolpe is a multi-platinum recorded songwriter, performing artist, and educator. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing, with songs recorded by such artists as Faith Hill, Daniel Lee Martin, Julianne Hough, and others. Andrea is the author and instructor of the course Commercial Songwriting Techniques, part of Berklee Online’s online songwriting program. Recently released in fall of 2007, her book Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling describes how to apply a unique process for uniting our artistic voice with the commercial market.

Andrea graduated with a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music. She continues to tour and promote her solo release, “Breaking Even,” and serve as a guest clinician nationally and abroad. Andrea lives in Los Angeles with her husband, recording engineer Jan Teddy.

Her most recent album, Breaking Even, was released in 2007 and features the song, “Kaleidescope”. For more information on Andrea, her music, courses or books, click here: www.andreastolpe.com.


MAS LogoThe Minnesota Association of Songwriters is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the art of creating original music by combining arts, education and community outreach – CELEBRATING 20 YEARS: 1994-2014!

The M.A.S. “Songwriting Workshop Series” will include events in October 2014, and one in June 2015. View the series informational flier – CLICK HERE.

Learn more about the Minnesota Association of SongwritersCLICK HERE.

 

Martin guitar financing

INTEREST FREE FINANCING FOR 12 MONTHS!

Visit your Schmitt Music guitar shop and get 0% INTEREST, 12 MONTHS FINANCING* on Martin acoustic guitars! Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your hands on an American classic – offer valid now through December 31, 2014.

Selection varies by location, so please contact your Schmitt Music store for availability and more information. *GE Financing is available with qualifying credit; 12 months deferred interest with monthly payments. Financing offer not valid on Martin LX Series guitar models.

Special order your Martin guitar at any Schmitt Music store, or play the best selection of in-stock Martin guitars at these Schmitt Music guitar shops:

 

Enter to win tickets by Thursday, August 7th!

Schmitt Music and City Pages are giving away five pairs of 3-days passes to the Summer Set Music and Camping Festival on August 15, 16 and 17 in Somerset, WI.

Enter the ticket giveaway online NOW through Thursday, August 7, 2014. Five winners will be chosen at random and notified by phone and/or email on Friday, August 8.

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 2014 sets August 15, 16, 17 in Somerset, Wisconsin. CLICK HERE to learn more about the festival. Acts include Kaskade, Disco Biscuits, Chromeo, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Gigantic, Bassnectar, Umphrey’s McGee and many more!

 

Jazz Rhythm Section Workshop with Laura Caviani and friends at Schmitt Music Edina

Join us at Schmitt Music Edina for a great workshop with the Laura Caviani Trio on Friday, July 25 from 2PM to 3:30PM.

Joining Ms. Caviani will be two out of town guests: Kansas City’s Bob Bowman on bass, and UM–Winona Professor Rich MacDonald on drums. The workshop will focus on the challenges and joys of playing in a jazz rhythm section, and will be an interactive experience for all attendees. Come prepared to ask questions and possibly to play with members of the trio! Suggested free will offering: $20 at the door. Reservations recommended; please contact us.

RSVP to save your spot: call 612-238-9941 or to fill out the online RSVP form.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Laura: click here to send an email.


Check out a 2009 performance by the Laura Caviani Trio (featuring Gordy Johnson on bass and Dave Schmalenberger on drums) at the Artists’ Quarter in St. Paul, MN:

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Laura CavianiLaura Caviani (Piano) was born and raised in Minnesota, where she currently freelances and teaches at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges. Her 2006 CD release Going There enjoyed a long run on the JazzWeek national radio charts. Music critic Bob Protzman described it as “piano trio jazz of the highest order.” Other releases have received such praise as “stunningly fresh” from JazzTimes and “in a word, outstanding” from Minneapolis Star’s Tom Surowicz.

In 2010, Caviani was one of five finalists for the International Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, FL. She has performed with many luminaries including Karrin Allyson, Toots Thielemans, Stan Getz, Diane Schuur, Bob Mintzer and Dave Liebman. In the Twin Cities, her numerous projects include the Pete Whitman X-tet, whose CD Where’s When? received a 4-star review from Downbeat magazine. She holds degrees from both Lawrence University (BM–Theory/Composition) and The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. (MM–Improvisation) Please visit www.lauracaviani.com to learn more.


Bob BowmanBob Bowman (Bass) is a native of Topeka, Kansas and came from a musical family. At age seven he began playing piano and took up the clarinet at age 10. After hearing a bass solo on a Pete Fountain album, Bob realized his true instrument was the bass.While a freshman in high school Bob won the Topeka Jazz Workshop Scholarship and attended the Stan Kenton Jazz Clinic in Redlands, CA. Bob later attended North Texas State University. In 1976 was invited to join the prestigious Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. He toured with them and recorded several albums including the Grammy Award winning, “Live At Munich.” In 1979 Bob moved to Los Angeles and joined the highly innovative Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin Big Band and recorded many albums, both big band and smaller groups, several of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. In 1981 Bob toured South America and Japan with Carmen McRae. He then freelanced in Los Angeles with such names as Bud Shank and Freddie Hubbard.

Most recently Bob has toured extensively with Concord recording artist Karrin Allyson and is featured on many of her numerous recordings. Bob currently resides in Kansas City and teaches at the University of Missouri/Kansas City Conservatory of Music’s School of Jazz Studies. In addition, he leads the critically acclaimed group, Interstring which includes guitarists Danny Embrey and Rod Fleeman, and drummer Todd Strait.


Rich MacDonaldRich MacDonald (Drums) is a native of Port Huron, Michigan, and was heavily influenced by Motown and rock music in the 1960’s. While attending college at the University of North Texas in the late 1970’s, MacDonald was introduced to the classic jazz of Parker, Gillespie, Davis and Coltrane; modern groups led by Corea, Jarrett and Metheny; and a wide range of big band music. These influences continue to inform his playing today, as a drummer and vibraphonist, performing at jazz venues in the tri-state region of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. He is also principal percussionist with the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Symphony Orchestra.

As a drumset and percussion specialist, Dr. MacDonald has presented clinics throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is an endorsee of Sabian cymbals and Vic Firth sticks and mallets, serving on their respective education teams. Some of MacDonald’s performance credits include: Milt Hinton, Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, George Benson, Eddie Daniels, and three years touring experience with Ice Capades.


Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot: call 612-238-9941 or to fill out the online RSVP form.
 

MAS presents Songwriting Workshop with Sally Barris at Schmitt Music Edina

The Minnesota Association of Songwriters proudly presents a “Songwriting Workshop Series” at Schmitt Music stores in the Twin Cities:

Join us at Schmitt Music Edina for a great songwriting workshop with Sally Barris on Saturday, July 26 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM.

Sally Barris has a voice like sparkling crystal. You could have knocked me over with a feather the first time I heard her. Her writing is from a deep, yet innocent, place and her point of view is just a bit off center. I am excited for her, she is standing at the beginning of her journey in this town, with all of it ahead of her. It reminds me of the first time I heard Beth Nielson-Chapman or Nanci Griffith. It’s going to be fun to watch.” – Kathy Mattea

Admission: $20 at the door. Please RSVP to save your spot: call 612-238-9930 or to fill out the online RSVP form.

Watch Sally perform “Little Voice,” recorded at Coopers House in Columbia, MD:

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Sally BarrisSally Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs covered by such top-level artists as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack. Her song “Let The Wind Chase You”, recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009.

While her writing credits mightily impress, fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano. Dirty Linen says, “Barris knows how to write lyrics that are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support them with melodies that share that quality.”

When Sally is not touring solo, she is known as “Sister Waymore” in the power trio The Waymores, with Tom Kimmel and Don Henry. In the last three years, the Chaska, Minnesota native has performed at Mountain Stage, New Bedford Summer Fest, The Wildflower Festival
and The Kerrville Folk Festival. Sally is currently touring with her new CD.

Visit Sally’s website: www.sallybarris.com to learn more.


JohnsmithThe Minnesota Association of Songwriters is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the art of creating original music by combining arts, education and community outreach – CELEBRATING 20 YEARS: 1994-2014!

The M.A.S. “Songwriting Workshop Series” will include events in August and October 2014, and one in June 2015. CLICK HERE to view the series informational flier.

Learn more about the Minnesota Association of SongwritersCLICK HERE.


Sally is also performing at a “House Concert” on Saturday evening:

Sally Barris House Concert

You can also get “one-on-one reviews and instruction” on Sunday, July 27 from 12 pm to 5 pm at Schmitt Music Edina for $30 per half hour. Reserve time at sallybarris@gmail.com.

 

Steve Barta, Steinway Artist

Join us for “An Evening with Steinway Artist Steve Barta” at Schmitt Music Edina on Friday, July 18th at 7:00PM.

Steve’s music has integrity & depth. – Dave Brubeck

Pianist Steve Barta has stayed true to his creative path for 30 years as a composer, recording artist, author, educator and speaker. He has performed his original works as a solo artist, with jazz ensembles, and symphony orchestras. Don’t miss this free concert!

Seating is limited, so please let us know you’re coming! Call 612-238-9930 or to RSVP online.

Watch the Steve Barta Trio with Theodosii Spassov performing “Top Hat” in Santa Fe, NM:

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Biography:

Grammy Nominated Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Educator, Author
Pianist Steve Barta has stayed true to his creative path for over thirty years as a Composer, Recording Artist, Producer, Author, Educator and Speaker. He has performed his original works as a solo artist with jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras. His contribution to the world of music includes fourteen recordings that reflect his many influences, particularly Brazilian, Jazz and Classical.

Steve has released fourteen recordings to date. He has worked and/or recorded with Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann, Dori Caymmi, B.B. King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paulinho da Costa, Dave Valentin and many more. His recordings are available worldwide via SteveBartaMusic.com, iTunes, Amazon.com, and CD Baby.

Mr. Barta is a music educator with over thirty years of experience teaching intermediate to advanced students, educators and professional musicians. Special areas of instruction for private students, clinics and Master Classes are Music Interpretation, Improvisation, Arranging and Composition.

Steve is a curious blend of Aaron Copeland and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
      – Herbie Mann

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