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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, September 10, 2007


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 contains 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.


Looking for help on a particular topic? Be sure to check out our Quick Note Catalog of back issues.

Instrumental Teacher's Guides
Conn-Selmer has teacher's guides woodwind and brass instruments (in pdf format) on their website. The guides include an overview plus specific information to help you teach the specifics of each instrument. Take advantage of this valuable resource, or point your kids in this direction for individual study. Enjoy!

Flute | Oboe | Clarinet | Bassoon | Saxophone | Brass

Palen Music Supports Camp Barnabas
The drum circle experience brought smiles to the campers' faces.In early August, the Palen Music managers and road representatives converged on Camp Barnabas for some company training meetings and group fellowship. But more important than that was our opportunity to provide live music and some hands-on experiences for the campers. They were not your ordinary campers and it is not just an ordinary camp. Camp Barnabas is a Christian summer camp for special needs children. They serve 120 campers per week and host 10 different sessions. For one week, these young people are able to shift their focus away from sterile medical environments and the language of their disability or illness to focus on activities that build their courage and expand their belief in themselves.

The PMC team provided live music for an evening party, and spent the rest of their time in drum circle activities and games with the campers. It was a very memorable experience and we were blessed with the opportunity to serve the amazing children at this unique camp.

Prior to our departure, we presented Paul and Cyndy Teas, camp directors, with a scholarship check to help kids attend camp next summer. We hope to continue our work at camp next season. It is always a joy to share musical experiences with children, and even more of a blessing when you can do it in a Christian setting with children who rarely get to experience what we all take for granted too often.

For more information on Camp Barnabas, please click to visit their website.

Online Rental Portal Available
If you have students who miss your instrument display night, please direct them to the Palen Music Center Online Rental webportal. The parents can specify an instrument of choice, fill out the information, and we can deliver the instrument to the school. It is that easy! Just visit and click Online Rental .

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, Mike Brown, and Zach Houser
Springfield North (417) 862-2700 Burl Williams
Columbia (573) 256-5555 Robert Pitts
Joplin (417) 781-3100 Wayne Blades
Liberty (816) 792-8301 Ken Crisp and Dick Murdock
Broken Arrow (918) 770-6827 Mackey Amos and Mark VanVranken


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