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Schmitt Music Lesson Promotion

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! Find the right teacher for you with our online lesson search @ schmittmusic.com/lessons.

Special Limited-time Offer:  All new private lesson students will get free lesson registration and 6 lessons for the price of 5, when you sign up by March 31, 2015!

CLICK HERE to download the coupon (187 KB PDF) or print this page, and present it when you sign up for new private lessons at your Schmitt Music store. You can also sign up for lessons online at schmittmusic.com/lessons, and use the promo code “newlessons” at checkout.

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Schmitt Music Rochester's 'I Haven't A Clue!' piano information sessions

If you have little or no idea of what to look for when selecting a piano, have no fear! You are not alone. And we want to help!

Keyboards, digital pianos and acoustic pianos all have unique characteristics. Some are good, some not so good, but somewhere in one of those instruments is a piano just right for you.

Join us for “I Haven’t A Clue!” at Schmitt Music Rochester. Sign up today for this informative, hands-on learning session that will give you the confidence to make the right piano choice. For your convenience, we are offering this program at various times throughout each month. CLICK HERE to visit our calendar for the latest event dates. Reservations are required as space is limited.

Please contact Bob Rosin, Schmitt Music Piano Specialist, at 507-288-1960 ext.106 or robert.rosin@schmittmusic.com – you can RSVP up to one hour prior to the start of a session.

Bring the entire family. Ages 3-103 will find their curiosity come alive with the experience each session will offer!


Schmitt Music's Director of the Year, William A. Webb!

In an effort to recognize the work of outstanding school music directors, Schmitt Music and the SDC (Schmitt Director Center) set out to find the best of the best. We accepted nominations from the music community at large, and a panel of judges made the final selections.

We’re thrilled to announce Schmitt Music’s “Director of the Year” award winner, William A. Webb, director at Edina Public Schools, Edina, MN – CONGRATULATIONS!

Mr. Webb currently teaches at Concord, Cornelia and Highlands Elementary schools in the Edina School District. He formerly taught at Edina High School, Spring Lake Park High School, and St. Olaf College. Here’s what his nominator had to say:

Bill has been in the Edina district for over 25 years and continues to give to the community now as an elementary director. It takes a special teacher to leave high school to teach elementary, but still teach with the same energy and enthusiasm. The middle school has seen a huge surge as Bill starts so many students and gives them the right balance of skill and energy to successfully transition.

In addition, Bill has worked hard to obtain instruments and extra instruction for students struggling with money. Bill is driven to provide music instruction for all so that each student has an opportunity to achieve. I strive to be as actively engaged in music education as Bill – what a great role model for students and teachers alike.”

Congratulations to all of the deserving directors that were nominated to be our first “Director of the Year”!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our “Director of the Year” winner, as well as the nominees and judges (108 MB PDF). We have included excerpts from the nominees’ responses to our inquiries regarding their experience, their teaching styles and preferences, and their music programs.


MMEA's Educator of the Year, Jim Iverson!

Jim Iverson’s teaching career spanned 35 years – 28 in Fergus Falls, MN – and included directing concert, jazz, marching, and pep bands. Jim currently serves schools in West Central Minnesota as a Schmitt Music Educational Representative, based out of Schmitt Music Fargo.

Schmitt Music congratulates Jim Iverson, Minnesota Music Educators Association’s “Educator of the Year” for 2014!

The MMEA is the premier professional association for music educators in Minnesota. They serve approximately 1750 educators through programs, clinics, advocacy, and leadership. Each year, the MMEA sponsors awards to recognize outstanding music educators. Learn more on their website: www.mmea.org.

Jim Iverson is a 1973 graduate of Mahnomen High School (Mahnomen, MN). He earned his Bachelor of Arts in music education in 1977 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and later earned a master’s degree from Southwest State University in Mankato, MN. His teaching career spanned 35 years – 7 in Lake Park, MN and 28 in Fergus Falls, MN – and included directing concert, jazz, marching, and pep bands.

Throughout his career his groups received numerous awards and honors. For 25 consecutive years, one or more Fergus Falls students were selected to the Minnesota All-State Band. The Fergus Falls High School Marching Band appeared in the historic 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. Under his leadership, the Fergus Falls High School Wind Ensemble performed at the Minnesota Music Educators Midwinter Clinic in Minneapolis in 1991 and again in 2003. They also won the Grand Champion Award in the New York City Music Festival in 2001. The Fergus Falls music program was named a Grammy Signature School in 1999, and in 2004 Fergus Falls was named by the American Music Conference as one of the Best 100 Communities for Music Education.

Iverson has served on state and regional boards for MBDA and for MMEA. He helped organize the northwest region MBDA and served as its first president. He is a member of the Phi Beta Mu Fraternity of Minnesota Band Directors and remains an active adjudicator and clinician. In 2014 he was inducted into the Fergus Falls High School Hall of Fame.

Upon his retirement in 2012, Iverson was hired by Schmitt Music as an Educational Representative and continues to make a contribution to music education by servicing schools in West Central Minnesota. This has provided him the flexibility to do guest conducting in many schools as well as allowing him to serve as a mentor in the Minnesota Band Directors Association mentorship program. He is also an active performer as a member of the Fergus Falls Area Chamber Choral and is the director and a player in the Lakes Area All-Star Jazz Band.

Iverson has been married to his wife, Bonnie, for 38 years. Together they have children Kelly, Mandy and Anthony, as well as son-in-law Mark Egge, and grandsons Cooper and Keegan.


NFHS Outstanding Music Educator of the Year, Rex Barker!

Schmitt Music would like to say “congratulations” to Rex Barker, the National Federation of State High School Associations’ “Outstanding Music Educator in Nebraska” for 2014!

“I will be retiring from Millard South after 27 years and 33 years teaching bands in Nebraska,” Barker says. “It has been an honor and a pleasure and I enjoy coming to work every day.” Learn more about the NFHS on their website: www.nfhs.org.

Rex Barker is in his 33rd year of teaching with the last 27 of them at Millard South High School in Omaha. He is currently the Director of Bands and he teaches music theory and AP music theory. He is the Head of the Music Department at Millard South and the Instrumental Music Department Head for the Millard Public Schools.

The Millard South Music Department consists of marching band, concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, 2 jazz bands and various small ensembles along with 4 choirs, 2 swing choirs, jazz choir, 2 orchestras and chamber orchestra. These groups are well-traveled and highly decorated. They were awarded a Grammy Signature School designation in 1999. They placed 1st in the 2000 Holiday Bowl Parade in San Diego and have traveled to the Winter Park Music Festival, Musicfest Orlando, and the Red River Exhibition in Winnipeg, Canada. The most recent national award for the Millard South Band was the Sweepstakes Award at the 2012 Alamo Bowl field competition and parade which earned them the opportunity to perform as part of the Bowl’s pre-game ceremonies. They earned a similar honor at the 2004 Alamo Bowl and the 2009 Orange Bowl. The Wind Ensemble and/or the Symphonic Band have participated in the National School Boards Association State Concert Band Festival since its inception in 1994 through 2012, and then again in 2014. The Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Conference on March 7 and 2 each of the concert and jazz bands along with a winter guard will perform at the Winter Park Ski-Music Fest in Colorado, March 26-29. Millard South has been participating in this competition every fourth year since 1999.

The Millard Public Schools have been named in the TOP 100 Places for Music Education in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2012. Newsweek magazine has named Millard North, South and West High Schools in its list of America’s top 1500 schools. There are over 22,000 students enrolled in the district with over 3300 of them involved in instrumental music.

Barker earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Kearney State College in 1981 and, in 1992, a Master of Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He has continued additional studies at VanderCook College of Music, the University of Miami, and Illinois State University. He is a past president of the Nebraska Music Educators Association and has been President, Marching Band Chair, and A&AA Class Representative for the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association. He is a nationally registered music educator and was selected in 2001 by School Band and Orchestra magazine as one of their “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”. Other honors include the Gary Thomas Distinguished Alumni award from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2009 and the Excellence in Secondary Teaching Award from the Millard Public Schools in 2013.

Barker and his wife, Mary, have a son, Joshua, and a daughter, Erin, as well as three grandchildren.


Eine Schubertiade: An Evening of Music in St. Paul


Looking for something to do Friday night? Schmitt Music recommends “Eine Schubertiade” – an event celebrating the music of Franz Schubert – Friday, February 20 at 7:30PM at The Art Gallery of the James J. Hill House in St. Paul!

A Schubertiade featuring members of The Schubert Trio and Friends: Daria Adams, violin; Johanna Torbenson, viola; Thomas Rosenberg, cello; Daniel Rieppel, piano and host. Performances will include the music of Franz Schubert, Johann Albrechtsberger, and Johannes Brahms.

Tickets: General Admission – $25; MN Historical Society Members – $22; Students with valid ID – $15.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling the James. J. Hill House to place a reservation at 651-297-2555. Refreshments will be served at the intermission.

The Art Gallery of the James J. Hill House:
240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
Click here to learn more about the James J. Hill House.


Schmitt Music's 2015 Play-Along Contest!

You could win great prizes in the Schmitt Music Play-Along Contest – 1st place is a $500 Schmitt Music Gift Card! All instruments, ages and skill levels are welcome!

All you have to do is get a “Play-Along” book, learn a song, record and submit a performance video, get the most votes and win! Contest submissions are accepted now through March 31st.

“Play-Along” books from Hal Leonard and Alfred are a great way to learn your favorite songs, while jamming with accompaniment tracks. Click here to learn more about the contest, or visit your Schmitt Music store to get your “Play-Along” books today!


Presidents Day Piano Sale

Visit your Schmitt Music piano store this weekend for our Presidents’ Day Piano Sale – Friday, February 13 through Monday, February 16 – it’s the biggest piano event of the season! Click here for sale details.

Kawai Grand Piano
Shop a great selection of new and used, consignment and rebuilt pianos from Steinway & Sons, Steinway-designed Boston and Essex pianos, Kawai and Lyrica, plus the latest player piano technology from QRS, and the best digital pianos from Casio & Celviano, Kawai and Roland.

The Presidents’ Day Piano Sale is 4 DAYS ONLY at these Schmitt Music locations: Brooklyn Center (Piano Warehouse Sale), Denver, Fargo, Kansas City, Omaha and Rochester.


Amadeus Flutes by Wm. S. Haynes at Schmitt Music


Ruqia M. of Sioux Falls, SD is the lucky winner of Schmitt Music’s “Amadeus Flute Audition Giveaway” – CONGRATULATIONS!

Schmitt Music stores are proud to carry the great new “Amadeus” line of flutes from Wm. S. Haynes Co. We asked flutists to come audition the flutes, and let us know their thoughts. Ruquia visited Schmitt Music Sioux Falls for a chance to try out the flutes, and said “It’s really a good flute with a great reputation.” She indicated that she would, indeed, recommend Amadeus to others.

Come try an Amadeus for yourself! Visit your Schmitt Music store today, or contact us to set up a showing with your Schmitt Music Instrument Specialist.

Haynes Amadeus Performance Flutes

The passion and craftsmanship that has been associated with Wm. S. Haynes flutes since 1888 emanates through every Amadeus flute. The master flutemakers design and work on each flute before it leaves the Boston workshop. Each flute is set-up by a professional at the Boston Haynes Shop right before it is shipped, ensuring the pads are sealed evenly and the mechanism feels crisp.

For decades, discerning flutists have chosen Haynes for “that sound” – a beautiful core with rich colors. Continuing that tradition, Amadeus flutes come standard with a professional Haynes Classic handcut headjoint. The heart of the flute is trusted to the same master headjoint maker who handcuts all Haynes professional headjoints. The Classic headjoint allows you to explore a wide range of tone colors with depth and agility.

Professional options, such as a C# trill key, D# roller and 14k gold riser, will set you and your Amadeus flute apart from the crowd. Love your sound. Play Amadeus.

Haynes Flute Co.

Click here to learn more about “Amadeus” flutes on the Wm. S. Haynes website.


Steinway Artists The 5 Browns Meet and Greet in Kansas City

Please join us for a special in-store “Meet & Greet” with Steinway Artists The 5 Browns at Schmitt Music Kansas City on Friday, February 6 from 3:30PM to 5:00PM – FREE!

Attend this fun “meet & greet” event and you’ll hear Steinway Artists The 5 Browns talk about their music, do a Q&A, sell CDs and sign autographs, and play a few pieces.

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

See The 5 Browns live at the Emporia Granada Theater on Thursday, February 5th in Emporia, KS – CLICK HERE for details and to get tickets.

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The 5 Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – all attended New York’s Juilliard School. In fact, they became the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously. The quintet enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in February 2002 when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five” and at about the same time they were featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes. The 5 Browns have released 3 CDs that each went to #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Classical Album Chart. The New York Post has proclaimed: “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years…When these kids do Rachmaninoff, they’ll make you forget about Marshall amps.” Read more here: www.the5browns.com.

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