You’ll get an INSTANT REBATE UP TO $1,000 when you “Spring for a Kawai” and buy a qualifying new Kawai piano this month!
Contact your Schmitt Music Piano Specialist today and set up a showing. You’ll see and hear why Kawai pianos and the choice of those who know! Visit your Schmitt Music store and purchase an eligible Kawai grand or upright acoustic piano, or select digital pianos (models CP2 & CP3) before March 31, 2015, to qualify for an Instant Rebate – save $150 up to $1,000 instantly!
Ask about our “same as cash” and other great financing options.
NEW VERTICAL PIANOS – from just $68.74 per month!*
NEW GRAND PIANOS – starting at $147.01 per month!*
*With qualified credit; monthly payment assumes 7% sales tax, 10% down payment, 9.99% APR; includes local delivery
Click here to find your Schmitt Music Piano Specialist online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We’d love to get your opinion about our business. Just answer a few easy questions, and you can enter to win one of three $500 Schmitt Music Gift Cards – CLICK HERE!
Schmitt Music has been helping people make music for over a century – since 1896! In the spirit of ongoing improvement, we would like to get your opinion about our business. As we examine our long history, we see that the world is changing, and it’s happening faster and faster. Your input will allow Schmitt Music to stay current in the marketplace, and offer you the best experience when you shop with us, or use one of our services. Complete the survey by March 31 for your chance to win!
You can choose to keep your answers anonymous, or if you’d like to be entered to win one of three $500 Schmitt Music Gift Cards, please provide your contact information at the end of this survey. Thank you very much for your valuable time!
Join us for the MusicLink Playathon – Saturday, February 7 through Sunday, February 8 – a great opportunity for students to perform at the Mall of America, while helping children in need! All instrumental and voice students are invited to participate.
Schmitt Music, in partnership with the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA), is proud to sponsor this “Benefit Playathon” to help raise funds for the Minnesota MusicLink Program. The mission of MusicLink is to help children in need get the opportunity to study music.
On February 7 and 8, 2015, Minnesota students will be given the opportunity to show off their musical talents by participating in this exciting fundraising event. All students of MMTA members and non-members are invited to perform at this fun venue, demonstrating how their music can benefit others. All instrumental and voice students can perform solo or ensemble pieces, and all ages and levels are welcome, including adult students.
Online registration is available for MMTA teachers on the MMTA website; Postmark deadline for registration is January 26, or January 28 for online registrations.