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Monday, April 24, 2006


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.

Your Kids Will Love This!!!!

Special thanks to Jeff Lean of Liberty Middle School for bringing this terrific website to our attention.


Ever wish there was an easy way to integrate technology into your music classroom? The website Music Racer provides a fun (and FREE) way to quiz your students on note names, fingerings, and musical terms. To play, go to the website, choose which game you would like to play, and then select the instrument that you play. The screen will automatically load the game. Click on BEGIN and then you are ready to go!


Here is a special message to band directors frGo to www.musicracer.comom Dave Carroll, the Music Racer author (and 4-8 band director in the Naperville School District near Chicago):

You are welcome to use this game at your schools. Please monitor your students' entries so that your school IP address is not banned from playing. If you discover any inappropriate entires, please e-mail me right away and let me know.

You may receive a free copy of this game on CD to play OFFLINE if you wish. This game comes with every order of a complete set of fingering charts from . The offline version uses cookies to compare high scores, and it is limited to 3 high scores per computer.

Enjoy playing the game! If you like what you see, please add your entry to the guestbook. Thanks! -- Dave Carroll

Questions are flashed on the screen and students and scored on accuracy and the game is timed. As the students progress, the note ranges and accidentals become more challenging. The game even logs the best 50 scores for the month, so your students can compete for the best times against other students across the country.

Schedule a time in your school computer lab soon and your kids will have a blast!

Grants Available for MBA Conference Fees
The Missouri Women Band Director's Association would like to once again provide grant money for first year band teachers to attend the Missouri Bandmaster's Association Conference in June. The application for the grant is located on our website at If you have any questions, please contact Kelley Head, President, MWBDA at

Feedback from "Can I Sell Recordings Of My Band?"
Click for a link to the original article.
Dear Eric,


THANK YOU SO MUCH for your explanation of the process for obtaining a mechanical license to record.  I've read the information on the MENC web site however, have never seen it explained so clearly.


We have been in business since 1987 and have followed the exact same procedures every time.  I'm very glad that the publishers are now being okay with the small quantities.  What I have discovered is that as long as the publishing company and catalogue number is listed by the composer, they appreciate the FREE advertising and are much more eager to grant permission at little or no cost.


Once again, Thank You for your research and getting the message out. Remember, "Preserve Music, Don't Copy".


Thanks again,

Scott Harris

"Shhh" Productions

Click to submit your spring concert dateSpring Concert Dates Requested

We have had requests to publish a list of spring concert dates. Please submit the date of your spring concert and we will list the dates and locations of area concerts.

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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.


(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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