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.

 

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!

 

MusicLink Playathon at MOA, sponsored by Schmitt Music

“Kids Helping Kids” – MusicLink Playathon Event!

Join us for the MusicLink PlayathonSaturday, 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.

For details, or to register for the “Playathon” event, visit mnmusicteachers.com/musiclink, or to learn more about the MusicLink Foundation, visit musiclinkfoundation.org.

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.

 

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.

 

Amadeus Flutes by Wm. S. Haynes at Schmitt Music

Haynes Amadeus Performance Flutes Now Available!

Visit your Schmitt Music store today and experience the new “Amadeus” line of flutes from Wm. S. Haynes Co. Stop in to play an Amadeus and enter to win a $500 Schmitt Music Gift Card!

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.

ENTER THE GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

When you visit your Schmitt Music store and test play the new Amadeus flutes, you can enter to win a $500 gift card! Just stop in now through January 31, and fill out a short survey to let us know what you think of the flutes. One winner will be announced on Friday, February 6, 2015.

Visit your Schmitt Music store today, or contact us to set up a showing with your Schmitt Music Instrument Specialist.

Haynes Flute Co.

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

 

Spring Recital Workshop sessions

Discover the best new music for your spring recitals at this free workshop! Join us at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center for a “Spring Recital Workshop” on Friday, January 9th at 9:00AM.

Our presenters, Barbara Ongna and Joy Ray, summarize and perform the best new material for your spring recitals. They’ll also present time savers, gifts and other merchandise for your studio. Two hours of valuable information and shopping convenience make this event a must!

Please contact us for details or to RSVP to the Brooklyn Center workshop. Call Print Music Specialist, Bonni McConnell at 763-566-4560, or CLICK HERE to use our online RSVP form.

All solo and duet sheet music showcased is available for purchase at each workshop. You can also place an order by contacting the Print Music Specialist at your Schmitt Music store – CLICK HERE.

Schmitt Music’s “Winter Expo” is canceled, but please join us for this free “Spring Recital Workshop” session on Friday, January 9th at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center.

“Spring Recital Workshop” events are also coming in January to Schmitt Music stores in Burnsville and Virginia, MN. Join us at Schmitt Music Burnsville on Tuesday, January 27 at 9AM. Virginia workshop date TBA.

Barbara Ongna

Barbara Ogna

Born and raised in Eastern Wisconsin, Barbara Ongna loved her piano lessons from the get-go, thanks to skilled and insightful instructors. As soon as she was old enough she was set on the church’s piano bench and assigned the assorted joys of church pianists, including hymn-playing, plunking out choir parts, and following wayward soloists around their time signatures of choice.

Barbara attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa where she learned that “if ya ain’t Dutch, ya ain’t much.” After earning a degree in Music Education with Piano Emphasis, Barb started the journey into finding her “perfect job”. On the way she worked as a college recruiter for Northwestern, and taught music in Christian schools in Sioux Falls and Edina (with additional responsibilities as cheerleading sponsor and Kindergarten PE teacher to keep her humble).

Barbara loves ‘all things piano,’ and is thrilled to have her days filled with learning about pianos and assisting customers in the selection process. Her motto is: “A Piano Makes a House a Home.” Barbara has been a part of Schmitt Music’s Keyboard Team for over 15 years and has worked at all of the Metro Stores (NOT because she ‘doesn’t work well with others’).

Passions outside of work include Church Worship – the great hymns of the church as well as contemporary praise and worship. She also began studying jazz piano and theory a few years back, and keeps stretching at that, playing with ensembles whenever work permits. To have a life filled with music and to pass that on is, to Barbara, ‘truly a gift.’

Joy Ray

Joy Ray

Joy has 8 years of teaching experience. She works with students to help achieve goals, and enjoys working with children of all ages. Joy has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Pensacola Christian College, and has attended Master Classes and Workshops at the University of Minnesota.


 

Steinway Piano sale at Schmitt Music stores!

2014 PRICES UNTIL JANUARY 31ST!

Save thousands on Steinway pianos during our “Steinway & Sons Price Rollback Event” now through January 31, 2015.

Every year, growing costs raise prices on all new Steinway & Sons pianos – the finest pianos in the world. Right now until January 31, you can beat Father Time and beat the price increase!

We are extending 2014 pricing through the end of January on all in-stock Steinway pianos, which means you can purchase the piano of your dreams and save thousands in the process.

Contact your Schmitt Music Piano Specialist for event details or to set up your showing today.

MAKE A LASTING INVESTMENT IN YOUR MUSICAL AND FINANCIAL FUTURE!

The best time to invest in a new Steinway piano is today! When prices of new Steinway pianos increase, the value of existing Steinway pianos will also rise. Stop waiting for “the right time” to purchase your Steinway, because that time is now! Ask about our “Same as Cash” and other great financing options. An heirloom investment and a priceless opportunity.

Visit your Schmitt Music piano store, or contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist to set up your showing today!

Schmitt Music’s “January Piano Clearance Sale” is on now! Save up to 40% OFF MSRP on acoustic & digital pianos – CLICK HERE to learn more.

 

BrassChix 2015, University of St. Thomas event at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center

The Trombone Shop and The Trumpet Shop, in partnership with the University of St. Thomas Music Department, proudly present the 2015 BrassChix forum at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center on Sunday, January 18 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM!

BrassChix is an annual gathering of female brass players from high school, college and beyond, to play music, discuss ideas, and enjoy the camaraderie of playing a brass instrument. Join us for this special event featuring a Master Class and presentations focusing on playing brass instruments and brass equipment. Tuba, Euphonium, Trombone, Horn and Trumpet players of all ages and levels are welcome!  Visit BrassChix.org for a complete schedule and event details.

Registration is $10 at the door, and includes a box lunch. Sign up on the University of St. Thomas website – REGISTER HERE!

BrassChix mission is to encourage high school girls and women of all ages to play a brass instrument. The annual BrassChix forums aim to cultivate a network of peers and mentors among female brass players, through activities designed to engage participants’ music making, and conversations about the rewards of playing a brass instrument.


BrassChix 2014 Group Shot!


BrassChix 2015 will include presentations by Dr. Sarah Schmalenberger, Associate Professor of Music at the University of St. Thomas; Mark Bobnick, Schmitt Music Trumpet Shop Manager; Keith Hilson, Schmitt Music Trombone Shop Manager; and David Strong, Saxophone Shop Manager. Click here to view the complete BrassChix 2015 schedule!

 

January Piano Clearance Sale at Schmitt Music stores!

Schmitt Music’s special holiday volume purchases mean you save on pianos from Steinway & Sons, Boston, Essex, Lyrica, Kawai, Roland, Casio & Celviano, and QRS player technology systems!
Visit your Schmitt Music store today! Ask about our “Same as Cash” and other great financing options.

Lyrica grand piano, Lyrica studio piano, Casio digital pianos

New Studio Pianos in Ebony High Polish from $2999 or just $54 per month!*

New Grand Piano in Ebony High Polish from $6299 or just $108 per month!*

*With qualified credit, assuming 7% tax, 10% down payment and 9.99% APR.

New 88-key Digital Pianos from $499.99 – Save on digitals from Casio, Celviano, Kawai and Roland – great features!

Contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist for sale details, or to set up your piano showing today.

Steinway Piano sale at Schmitt Music stores!

COME HEAR THE SOUND OF SAVINGS!

Save thousands on Steinway pianos at “The Steinway & Sons Price Rollback Event” – Now through January 31, 2015.

Each year, growing costs raise prices on all new Steinway & Sons pianos – the finest pianos in the world. But until January 31st, you can beat Father Time. We are extending 2014 pricing through the end of January on all in-stock Steinway pianos – which means you can purchase the piano of your dreams and save thousands in the process. An heirloom investment and a priceless opportunity.

Visit your Schmitt Music store, or contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist to set up your showing today!
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