Steinway Piano Selection Event 2014, Edina, Minneapolis, Minnesota piano store


Steinway & Sons has authorized Schmitt Music, as its exclusive dealer in the state of Minnesota, to participate in a “Steinway Factory Selection Event” at Schmitt Music Edina!

Steinway Selection event

This “Factory Direct” event takes place on Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9 at Schmitt Music’s Steinway Showroom in Edina, MN and includes new, slightly used, and pre-owned Steinway and Steinway-designed Boston and Essex pianos.

Call 612-238-9941 to schedule your piano showing or email us at

You can also use our online contact form – .

Beat the Price Increase! Save thousands off of 2015 prices during the event!

• Factory authorized Instant Rebates on all new Boston grand and vertical pianos, and new Essex grand pianos!

FACTORY AUTHORIZED PLAYER PIANO DISCOUNTS on state-of-the-art player technology systems from QRS!

12-Month No-Interest Financing is available on any new Steinway & Sons, or Steinway-designed Boston or Essex piano!

Trade-ins welcome!

Steinway Selection eventSince 1853, Steinway pianos have been handcrafted to last for generations. A treasured possession that grows in value over the course of time, the Steinway piano is the choice of 97% of concert artists, and is quite simply the standard by which all other pianos are compared. In addition to Steinway pianos, our Boston and Essex pianos bring a level of performance that is superior to any other pianos in their price range.

Steinway pianos are rarely discounted, but during this “factory direct” event, all new Steinway & Sons, and Steinway-designed Boston and Essex upright and grand pianos will be selling well below retail price. In addition, Steinway Factory Representative, Dan Onnen, will be on hand to help with selection and factory authorized incentives during the promotion!

Contact a Piano Specialist today and set up a personal showing!

Call 612-238-9941, email us at, or find all of Schmitt Music’s Twin Cities Piano Specialists online – click here to get contact information, read bios, or even schedule your piano showing online!

Proudly Made in America for 160 Years!

Schmitt Music is the exclusive dealer for Steinway pianos in every market where we do business. We have proudly represented Steinway & Sons since 1961 – over 50 years!

Steinway & Sons, founded by Henry Engelhard Steinway in 1853, developed the modern piano with revolutionary designs and 127 patented inventions. Visit us today and our piano experts will show you all about the innovative designs, attention to detail, and craftsmanship that established Steinway pianos as the world’s finest.

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Attend one of our free “Fall Festival” workshops for music teachers and enter to WIN A PASS to 2015!

Michelle Sisler, founder of “Keys to Imagination, LLC” and “,” is presenting two great workshops at Schmitt Music stores. Simply join us at one of these events and enter to win a “Replay Pass” for the 2015 Conference – A $99 VALUE! is a national conference that comes to you and takes place entirely on-line, saving time and travel costs. The events feature a fantastic lineup of nationally-known presenters with awesome ideas to share. Learn more at

Join us for one of these workshops presented by Michelle Sisler:

“iPad iDeas: Teaching with Apps” – LEARN MORE!

“The Making of a Music Superhero” – LEARN MORE!

Click here to download the 2015 brochure (2.13mb PDF).

CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!


Free lesson when you buy any guitar


Visit a participating Schmitt Music guitar store through Black Friday, November 28th, and you’ll get a FREE LESSON when you buy any acoustic guitar, electric guitar or bass guitar!

Guitar selection varies by location; please contact us for availability. At the time of purchase, you can schedule your free lesson with one of our participating instructors!

Please contact your Schmitt Music store for more information, or visit us today at one of these locations:

Offer good now through “Black Friday,” November 28, 2014.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!


Music Lesson Fair

Schmitt Music has decades of experience providing music lessons – we give over 185,000 lessons each year! Our stores offer private one-on-one lessons for beginners through highly advanced players, as well as group or class lessons for all ages and abilities.

Attend a “Music Lesson Fair” to meet our instructors and find the right lessons for you on Saturday, November 1 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Plus, when you sign up for lessons at the event, you’ll PAY NO REGISTRATION FEE!

This is a unique opportunity to visit with our current in-store lesson teachers, or talk with our Lesson Coordinator, learn about lesson options, and find the perfect music education match for you or your family member! Join us at one of these sessions on Saturday, November 1 from 1pm to 4pm:

Call 763-566-4560 or for questions or to RSVP.

Call 612-238-9930 or for questions or to RSVP.

Call 402-391-5588 or for questions or to RSVP.

Call 651-636-0801 or for questions or to RSVP.

Even if your Schmitt Music store isn’t hosting a “Music Lesson Fair,” you can still get free lesson registration when you sign up for new lessons any time on Saturday, November 1st!
Search our teachers using the online lesson finder tool, and you’ll pay no registration fee when you register!

Learn more about our music education offerings – CLICK HERE to visit the “Schmitt Music University” page to search private lessons and group classes!

CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!


Doug Lawrence Clinic at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center

Join us for a clinic with saxophonist Doug Lawrence on Saturday, November 1 at 3PM at Schmitt Music Brooklyn CenterFREE!

Check out the amazing sounds of Doug Lawrence as he plays and talks about saxophones and music.  Doug is a TM Custom artist, and we will have several TM Custom saxophones to try at the event. This is a great opportunity to see an incredible saxophonist and try out some great horns! Plus, Randy Jones – the creator of the TM custom – will also be on hand with an expanded inventory of saxophones and necks to audition.  Please contact us for details and RSVP to the event!

Call 763-566-4560 or to RSVP online.

Doug Lawrence is currently lead tenor with the 17-time Grammy-winning Count Basie Orchestra, the chair previously held by such greats as Lester Young, Hershel Evans, Buddy Tate, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, among other legends. With the Basie band and his own groups, Lawrence has literally toured the world, playing on six continents and in virtually every major concert hall, jazz club, and jazz festival in the world.Doug Lawrence

Think of Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra. They were able to touch our collective soul with their extraordinary sense of phrasing. Tenor man Doug Lawrence has got it. His phrasing is fluid, relaxed, conversational and charming, just like his easy going, seductive Southern drawl.”
- Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times Magazine

Born in Louisiana, Doug Lawrence spent 25 years as a working musician in the New York City jazz scene. The list of artists he has performed and recorded with reads like a who’s who of current and former industry heavyweights, from Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Rosemary Clooney, to Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett. He has appeared on over 100 recordings including four critically acclaimed recordings of his own. Learn more about Doug on his website:

CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!


Kawai Fall instant rebates are extended!


Kawai has EXTENDED their Fall Instant Rebates through October!

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!

Purchase a qualifying new Kawai grand or upright acoustic piano, or digital piano now through October 31, 2014, and you’ll receive an Instant Rebate up to $1,000!

Fall Instant Rebates are not valid with other offers. Rebates are good on qualifying in-stock or special order pianos. Ask your Piano Specialist for details.


Minnesota Concert Opera presents Cavalleria Rusticana


The Minnesota Concert Opera presents “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni, on Friday, October 24th at 7:30pm at Central Lutheran Church, downtown Minneapolis.

“Cavalleria Rusticana” is a one-act opera performed in concert in Italian with English surtitles, featuring the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ivan, Conductor; the Minnesota Concert Opera Chorus and the singers of MacPhail’s Sonomento, Craig Fields, Chorus Master, and Metropolitan Opera soproano, Lori Phillips.

Tickets: Ages 17 & under are FREE, Students $10, General Admission $20, Reserved Seating $30. Purchase tickets online: visit for details. To order by phone, please call 612-200-6089, or purchase tickets at the door.

Central Lutheran Church: 333 S. 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN

MCO Executive/Artistic Director, Stanford Felix
Event art: Mary Veronica Sweeney


MAS presents Songwriting Workshop with Mark Brinkman at Schmitt Music Roseville

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

Join us at Schmitt Music Roseville for a songwriting workshop with Award-Winning Songwriter and Performer Mark Brinkman on Saturday, October 25 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.

Mark Brinkman’s songs have been recorded over 200 times by a wide variety of artists, and many have appeared on Billboard magazine’s Top Ten list, including two number one hits. In addition, Brinkman’s songs have appeared on several Grammy-nominated albums. His workshops focus on the creative aspects of songwriting, teaching the “hot-to” of song approach, capturing emotion and imagery construction.

Admission: $25 at the door. Please RSVP to save your spot: call 651-636-0801 or to fill out the online RSVP form.

Check out Mark’s song “Grandpa’s Way of Life,” the #1 hit song recorded by The Spinney Brothers:

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Also… Don’t miss a concert with Mark Brinkman on the evening of October 25 from 7:30 – 9:30PM at The Underground Music Cafe – 1579 Hamline Ave., St. Paul, MN.

Mark BrinkmanMark “Brink” Brinkman has been writing and singing songs his entire life. Along with being an avid bluegrass picker, he enjoys writing new songs for the Bluegrass/Americana/Gospel and Country genres. Brink is an accomplished musician and is a musical utility hitter. You might find him sitting in playing piano, guitar, banjo, and mandolin with several bands in Central Ohio. Brink is one of the most sought after, respected and recorded songwriters in bluegrass/Americana and gospel having achieved over 130 “cuts” or recordings of his songs. In 2008 his song “She’s a Stranger In His Mind” was awarded the “Spirit Award” from “Strictly Country Magazine as the fan voted “Country Song of the Year”. The song was recorded by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain. “Brink’s” song “Beyond the Rain” was nominated and voted “Best Bluegrass Gospel Song 2007” at last year’s National Gospel Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY.

“Brink”, as all his friends call him, has been a Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest finalist 5 times. He won the Merlefest Gospel songwriting competition in 2009 as well as his song “The Old Coal Mine” took the 2nd spot in the bluegrass competition. His song “Bluestone Mountain” was awarded the West Virginia “Governor’s Award” for Don Rigsby’s version of this haunting song. “Brink” has conducted workshops for many songwriting associations over the years sharing his knowledge and experience. He conducts songwriting workshops at many bluegrass and other music festivals around the country along with being an instructor the past several years at the prestigious Nashcamp Songwriting Camp near Nashville in Cumberland Furnace, TN.

Many notable artists have recorded and/or played “Brink’s” songs including several that have charted “Top 10” in bluegrass and gospel. The list reads like a short “who’s who” in bluegrass music and includes great artists/bands like Larry Sparks, Grasstowne, Don Rigsby, Lou Reid & Carolina, Wildfire, JD Crowe & the New South, The Kruger Brothers, Valerie Smith, Pine Mountain Railroad, Dwight McCall, Darrell Webb, and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road among others. Along with writing, Brink has his own publishing company, “BRINKSONGS” and “MARK BRINKMAN SONGS” where he publishes for several other writers. He has published songs on recordings for artists like The Lonesome River Band, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Larry Stephenson Band, JD Crowe & the New South, Lou Reid & Carolina and many others.

Learn more on Mark “Brink” Brinkman’s website:

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 an event with the “Otter Creek Duo” in November, and a final event in June, 2015. View the series informational flier – CLICK HERE.

Learn more about the Minnesota Association of SongwritersCLICK HERE.


Holiday Preview events

Teachers! Please join us for a Holiday Preview Open House at your Schmitt Music store – new music, deals and more!

Preview new and best-selling holiday solos and duets, and get into the spirit of the holiday season with a special day just for piano teachers!

•  See, play and select new holiday titles for your students
•  One-time only specials and opportunities
•  One day discount – 20% OFF on all in-stock music!
•  Shop an assortment of musical gifts for your students, family and friends
•  Enter for a chance to WIN A FREE PIANO TUNING (one winner per store)
•  Holiday refreshments – Holiday Fun!

Questions? Contact your Print Music Specialist for details, or to order music today!

Find the Holiday Preview event at your Schmitt Music store:

Wednesday, October 1, all day: Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Edina, Fargo, Maplewood, Minnetonka, Omaha, Roseville

Thursday, October 2, all day: Rochester

Friday, October 3, all day: Duluth

Friday, October 3 & Saturday, October 4, all day: Sioux Falls

Wednesday, October 8, all day: Eau Claire

Wednesday, November 5, all day: Virginia

CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!


iPad iDeas: Teaching with Apps, special workshops at Schmitt Music

Teachers!  Please join us for iPad iDeas: Teaching with Apps, presented by Michelle Sisler – FREE WORKSHOP!

Discover how to easily incorporate your iPad, iPhone or Andriod phone or tablet in your teaching. Learn how teachers are creatively using mobile apps to engage their students, address multiple learning styes and make their teaching more effective, and how to easily correlate it to your lesson materials. Attendees may bring their iPads for more hands-on learning, but an iPad is not required at this workshop. Seating is limited! Please RSVP to one of these free sessions:

Thursday, October 9 at 10:00 AM: Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 763-566-4560 or to RSVP online.

Thursday, October 16 at 10:00 AM: Schmitt Music Edina

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 612-238-9930 or to RSVP online.

Thursday, October 23 at 9:00 AM: Schmitt Music Burnsville

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 952-435-2454 or to RSVP online.

When you attend “iPad iDeas” you can enter to win a free “Replay Pass” to – a $99 value – CLICK HERE for details.

Michelle SislerGet to know Michelle Sisler:

When Michelle was little, she used to sit down at her toy piano and play songs, by ear, along with the jukebox. This was how her parents discovered her talent and love for music and enrolled her in piano lessons at the age of seven.

Michelle’s use of technology and creative teaching materials have gained her national recognition and a unique place at the forefront of music education. Along with teaching private and group students in her studio, Michelle is the founder and Chief Manager of “Keys to Imagination, LLC” and “” She is a favorite presenter and is frequently sought after for presentations and classes across the nation, including teaching on Crystal Cruises.

Michelle serves on the technology committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has written articles for Keyboard Companion, Clavier, and American Music Teacher. She has co-authored Studio Makeover: Technology “Addition”, Double Click Curriculum, Are We There There Yet? A Musical Journey Around the Globe, Where in the World is Mr. Arpeggio, Sebstian Sharp and the Case of the Missing Manuscript, and several other programs.

Visit the “Keys to Imagination” website:

CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!

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