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Choosing Your Trumpet by Dr. Ben Alle

Choosing Your Trumpet by Dr. Ben Alle

Like any instrument, trumpets are designed to suit the needs of varying types and levels of players, and there are many aspects to consider when choosing a trumpet. We’ll focus on recommendations for the student who has been playing at a relatively advanced...
Choosing the Right Slide Lubricant by Keith Hilson

Choosing the Right Slide Lubricant by Keith Hilson

One of the more frustrating things for trombonists and music educators is a poor-working trombone slide, which can cause technical and tonal difficulties and inhibit proper development of slide technique. If a slide is not working it can be assumed that the slide is...
What in the World is a Bassoon? By Stephen Strate

What in the World is a Bassoon? By Stephen Strate

What is a bassoon? What’s the difference between the clarinet and oboe? As a bassoonist myself, I get asked these types of questions all too often. There’s no hard feelings though; they are uncommon, funny-sounding, and odd looking instruments indeed! With...
Replace that 19th Century Piano! By Alice Tillman

Replace that 19th Century Piano! By Alice Tillman

Growing up I took lessons on my great-grandmother’s piano that was largely unresponsive to musical nuance. When I left for college, I began working on Steinway and Kawai pianos and was shocked, yet pleasantly delighted, with the action and beauty of these...
Student Pianist Han Wang in Recital at Schmitt Music Kansas City

Student Pianist Han Wang in Recital at Schmitt Music Kansas City

Please join us for a special recital featuring pianist Han Wang, a student of Steinway Artist Dr. Steven Spooner, performing at Schmitt Music Kansas City on Saturday, March 3 at 3PM! Dr. Steven Spooner is an American pianist, Steinway Artist, and piano professor in...