Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, November 28, 2005


The PMC Quick Note is a weekly service provided to all area directors.  It is part of our mission to support the lives of band directors across the Midwest.  The weekly Quick Note will contain helpful tips and suggestions from area directors, spotlights on area college and university band programs, calendars of upcoming events, advocacy articles promoting music education, links to helpful web resources, and much more.  Comments, suggestions, ideas, and articles are always welcome.


A Bad Instrument Is A Very Bad Reason For Any Child To Lose Interest In Music by NAPBIRT – National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians

Click to check out the entire brochure.The National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) has a fantastic guide helping to arm parents with information on selecting a beginning band instrument.  As you know, there are many sources for band instruments.  Students come to school with everything from “closet” instruments, instruments from discount stores and pawn shops, all the way to instruments from quality school music dealers.  If we want our ensembles to play in tune and our students to succeed, it is of the utmost importance that kids get a quality instrument from a reputable source.  Here are some excerpts from the NAPBIRT parent brochure:


A bad instrument is a very bad reason for any child to lose interest in music.  You’ve already made one good decision….we’ll help you make some others.  Your decision to provide your child with an opportunity to play a musical instrument is one that can benefit him or her literally for a lifetime.  Learning to play an instrument provides development on many levels.  To name just a few, it:

Perhaps most importantly, learning to play an instrument shows how taking a one-step-at-a-time, building-block approach to challenges can lead naturally and sequentially to accomplishment in almost any endeavor – musical or otherwise.  And, of course, learning to play an instrument teaches about the fascinating world of music…which means that it can simply be…..FUN!


The complete guide contains information on parent involvement, where the parent should start, what they should look for, whether to rent or buy, get new or used, and where to shop. 


Palen Music Center would like to thank Bill Mathews, Executive Director of NAPBIRT for permission to use the material on our weekly Quick Note.  For more information, contact the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians, Inc., P. O. Box 51, Normal, IL 81781 or on the web at


Spotlight On Area College Music Websites

This is the time of year when many high school seniors are making plans to head off to college.  One of the joys of teaching music is to see our students continue in band even after graduating from high school.  Encourage your students to explore their options, pursue scholarship opportunities, and play in a college ensemble whether they plan to major in music or not.

Arkansas State UniversityJonesboro, AR

Central Missouri State UniversityWarrensburg, MO

Drury UniversitySpringfield, MO

Kansas State UniversityManhattan, KS

Lincoln UniversityJefferson City, MO

Missouri Southern State UniversityJoplin, MO

Missouri State UniversitySpringfield, MO

Missouri Western State UniversitySt. Joseph, MO

Northwest Missouri State UniversityMaryville, MO

Pittsburg State UniversityPittsburg, KS

Southeast Missouri State UniversityCape Girardeau, MO

Truman State UniversityKirksville, MO

University of ArkansasFayetteville, AR

University of KansasLawrence, KS

University of MissouriColumbia, MO

University of MissouriKansas City, MO

University of MissouriRolla, MO

University of MissouriSt. Louis, MO

Wichita State UniversityWichita, KS

Call For Articles

If you have article ideas that you would like to see in the PMC Quick Note, or if you would like to contribute an article, please contact Eric Matzat.

Contact Your Local Palen Music Center

Can we assist you with anything?  Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.


Springfield (417) 882-7000 Bob Hopkins and Mike Brown

Springfield North (417) 862-2700 Martin Probstfield

Columbia (573) 256-5555 Robert Pitts

Moberly (660) 263-0109 Joe Brown

Joplin (417) 781-3100 Wayne Blades

Liberty (816) 792-8301 Ken Crisp


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