Virtual Construction Site!

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We have been thinking for awhile about how to better serve our customers. Our brainstorming produced some fabulous ideas! We will be revamping the blog. It’s going to be a great resource for music enthusiasts when it’s all done. But…it’s going to take a few months to reconfigure. We may even need to shut it down for awhile. We thought we’d give you a heads up before disappearing. We will be back with something better!

Things will be changing, but just for The Master Musician Blog. You can still visit our store website at http://www.mastermusician.net to see what we are up to. If you are in the area, definitely stop by the store and say hello! Scroll down to the bottom of this page to get directions.

Another way to stay in the loop is to get our store emails. Go here to sign up!

I’m excited to see what the future holds! I had better get to work.

~Kelly

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Do you play piano, guitar, percussion, or drums?

“Meet A Teacher” from The Master Musician!

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PIANO, GUITAR, PERCUSSION, DRUMS

C. Mitchell holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music/Education.  He is a credentialed teacher authorized by the California Department of Education.  Mitchell has over a decade of teaching experience as full time faculty with Inland Valley Public Schools.

As an educator, Mitchell has taught hundreds of students, ranging from very young children through adults.  He specializes in tailoring each lesson to the individual needs and interests of his students.   He likes to teach the fundamentals of music and theory, but in a fun way.   Students are encouraged to bring their favorite songs or bands on cds or Ipods and enjoy learning how to play them.  

As a performer, Mitchell has played virtually all styles of music and is a current performer.   He has been involved in recording and live shows of music ranging from World Beat to Classic Rock, Classical to Grunge, and Jazz to Hip Hop or Metal.   So, whether you want to learn to play around the house, or in a school setting, or in a band with friends, Mitchell can get you where you want to be to achieve your goals.  

Call the store to schedule a lesson @951-677-7575!

You can check out all our Lesson Instructors on our website.

YAMAHA is in the house!

YAMAHA_logomark_2010_BLACK_20150908020726583BIG NEWS!! We are now a Yamaha dealer!

We have Yamaha trumpets, flutes, and alto saxophones in stock right now! More instruments are coming!

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It’s like Christmas around here! =) We also have our September Special Here! I have to run, but I just had to share this exciting news with you!

~Kelly

EXTENDED STORE HOURS!

We are so busy again this year that we need to extend our store hours until further notice.

New Hours:

Sunday 12pm-5pm

Monday thru Friday 10am-8pm

Saturday 10am-5pm

Come by and see us!

~Kelly

Instrument Petting Zoo was a success!

We have gotten off to a fabulous start to our Rental Season! This past Sunday we entertained you with an “Instrument Petting Zoo!” There were so many parents and students that showed up to enjoy a hands on instrument experience! Take a look!

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Thank you to everyone that continues to support The Master Musician! We have many more rental nights coming to a school near you. Music is thriving in this community. We are so excited to be apart of it!

~Kelly

P.S. We posted a whole bunch more pics of this event on our Facebook page. Check them out and don’t forget to LIKE us! =)

Yep, I forgot…

I have to admit something….I completely forgot to mention one of the most important reasons why you should rent an instrument from The Master Musician. This is HUGE so please read on.

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We love Band Directors! They are constantly investing in your children during the whole school year. They teach music. Direct band performances. They have to know pretty much every musical instrument out there. They have to understand kids. It’s like the one room school house approach. You have many students with different musical abilities. Somehow they listen to hours and hours of music practice (which we all know is exactly that…practice) and they have to get everyone to play the same songs in the right key at the right time. It’s amazingly magical!

Unless of course, those school instruments are really dirty or have dents or need new strings. Somebody has to fix those instruments to keep them playing beautifully. There is a cost involved, of course. Band Directors have to work with a BUDGET. Yikes! That’s the word that strikes fear into a teacher’s heart. So many needs and very little money to help.

That is why your band director needs you to rent your instrument from The Master Musician. Every instrument rented from us accumulates money for the band program that the student is in! These are called Rental Repair Credits. A percentage is given back to your school band program! It’s basically FREE Repair money to use in our repair department by the band directors for their school instruments!

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It doesn’t cost you anything extra. It’s our way of GIVING BACK to the community! Remember us when renting your instrument this fall. Got questions about the Rental Repair Credits? Call us at the store @951-677-7575.

~Kelly

It’s coming…are you ready?

back-to-school-clipart-summerIt’s the middle of July already! Can you believe it? School is approaching. Some of you are excited to send the kids back because you miss your routine and free time. Others are sad to see summer and all its glorious beach/pool/barbecue/relaxation days fade away with the heat. No matter which category you fall into, it’s time to start preparing.

Music is a valuable part of any school program. Your kids may be in public, private, charter, homeschool, private tutor, etc….and they still need music. Numerous studies have proven that music helps your kids learn. It’s time to think about band, instruments, and music lessons. Let me help you with the instrument rental. Here at The Master Musician, we have an awesome Rental Program. We have a variety of instruments to rent and many different ways to rent them.

Did you Know???

Your Instrument Rental price at The Master Musician is all-inclusive! That means that our monthly rental price includes 3 things: rental fee, tax, and our maintenance plan.

No hidden fees. No surprises.

We give you the “walk out the door price.” When comparing rental prices make sure you ask about ALL the fees before signing a contract.

Why rent from us?

1.) You have access to our in-house maintenance. That means we look at your instrument and fix it. Put your mind at ease when you rent from The Master Musician! We will help you keep your instrument playing beautifully!

2.) Quick turnaround on instrument repair. We do 95% of our repairs. That means that you give it to us. We repair it and give it back. That quick and simple.

3.) You get to talk to us in person and we’re local. No need to drive far away or trust your instrument to a person you’ve never seen before. We are here to help you!

Why is a 9 Month Contract important?

1) The student needs time to learn the instrument. We get it. Kids don’t always love band and they want to quit. We understand, but we also know that it takes time to learn a new instrument. Commit to the school year and then decide. It builds character and stamina.

2) Want a different instrument? No problem! If your student wants to change their instrument during the school year, we can make the switch.

3) By committing to a 9 month contract, you are helping the Band Program! Help keep music in our schools! Tell the Band Director that you are there to stay for the school year. Everyone wins!

Please let us know if you have questions, 951-677-7575. We also have a special for you when you rent in July. Check it out here. ~Kelly

ARE YOU READY TO RENT? RENT ONLINE OR STOP BY THE STORE!

Talent vs. Practice: This is a must read for everyone!

I came across this article recently and LOVED it so much that I knew I had to share it with you!  It has HUGE insight. Parents, teachers, band directors, students…everyone should read it. Here’s an excerpt that I hope will make you curious:

Carol Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford, is famous for coining what she calls the “growth mindset.” Those with a growth mindset are willing to learn, make mistakes and stretch themselves over and over again.

On the opposite end are those with a “fixed mindset.” These are the ones who say, “I’m not good at math.” They pigeon-hole themselves into a series of cans and cannots. By so doing, they limit, or “fix” their own capabilities.

~Tiffany Gee Lewis

You can read the full article here!

My thoughts: As many of you know, I am musically challenged. (If this is your first time on the blog get to know me here.) I was one of those born without the music gene. I wasn’t interested in playing music or reading music and having an “ear for music” was definitely not me. However, this article confirms to me that there is hope. The hope is in the fact that if I take lessons, learn to read music, and practice, practice, practice, that I can play the flute. Hard work will pay off. Check out my first flute lesson here.

I will admit… I have not been practicing my flute. Shame on me, I know. Of course, I was busy having my seventh sweet child and homeschooling (bet you didn’t know that) and being a housewife, but that doesn’t make up for the past 8 months of no practice. If you (or me) do not practice and take the time to invest in music education than we will not grow musically.

BUT if we do make time for music in our life or our children’s lives, than the possibilities are endless! We need the mindset that playing music can be fun and the process of learning has a pay off. No more “I can’t” or “I don’t have the time” or “I don’t have the music gene”. Be encouraged! Your kids can be musicians. They might need to learn discipline to practice and the money that you are paying for lessons might mean you have to sacrifice in other areas, but it is all worth it. Hey mom, dad, grandma, grandpa…I’m talking to you too! Make time for your interest in music. Rent an instrument, take lessons, maybe even just go to a music event. You are talented when you want to learn and never give up!

If you still haven’t read the article, click here! Tell me what you think about this. Can someone with seemingly no musical talent play an instrument?

~Kelly

NAMM as Rebecca sees it.

20150122_102331Hey, have you guys met Rebecca and her awesome family? If you remember from last summer, Rebecca gave me my first flute lesson at The Master Musician. She is such an important part of the store. We wanted to feature her in this year’s blog post about NAMM. She attended with her husband, Rob and their teens James and Julie. Here’s Rebecca and her experience at NAMM.    ~Kelly

“Wow! What an experience! Attending for my second year, I knew what to expect and wasn’t as overwhelmed — in a good way! NAMM is truly a Disneyland for musicians. As a performer, teacher, and Master Musician rep, I had a variety of things to focus on. Julie & I enjoyed playing lots of bari and alto saxes, while Rob & James were experimenting with bass trombones and interesting brass inventions.

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It’s a bugle — no, it’s a baritone without valves!

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Cannonball Dark Lacquer Baritone Sax

James Kanstul Contrabass

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S.E. Shire Bass

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“Possibly the most fun new product we found was the Aerodrums. With three drummers in the house, this is an amazing invention! It consists of mallets, 2 small metal plates to put on your feet, a camera and some software — that’s it! It’s literally airdrumming, but actual sound comes through the headphones as a real drumset. Gotta love technology!

This is truly the tip of the iceberg at NAMM. Every night, starting on Wednesday, is great live music throughout the Hilton, Sheraton and the courtyard of the Anaheim Convention Center. Whether you prefer jazz, latin, heavy metal, classic rock or funk, you’ll find it somewhere! There are even drum, ukulele and pbone circles that you can participate in! And don’t even get me started on the people watching!

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Just for fun!

I feel very blessed to have a musical family I could share this with. Thank you to The Master Musician for making this possible!”

— The Schumacher Family

Celebrating 16 Years in Business!

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Thank you for supporting us! We are working hard to make every year in business better than the last! We have so many goals to work towards in 2015! As a family owned and operated business, we strive to bless our family by becoming debt free and providing opportunities for our kids. As an employer, we hope to continue to create jobs for the community and a fun work environment. All this happens when we remember our customers, band directors, and students! We want to be your source for all your band instrument needs. Thank you again for your support!

Sincerely,

Karen and Phil Pike, Owners