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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, September 15, 2008


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.


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Three Rehearsal Tips As You Head Into the School Year
Reprinted with permission from Brent Turner of Youth In Music

1) Have a Plan and Goals for the rehearsal
Look at the full week and break your goals into achievable segments for your rehearsals.  Ask a variety of students what they think are the priorities, but YOU make the decision based on the big picture.  Be as specific as possible: We are going to clean sets 10-13 in the drill, along with making improvements on that segment of music.

2) Announce the Goal, Objectives and Time Break Down for the Rehearsal
Having the students and leaders know the goals will help them prepare for the rehearsal and improve.  If they know the time break down, they will be able to follow the pacing of the rehearsal in a motivated fashion.

3) Work The Plan
Make sure you fix and clean the segment you said you would work.  Students will respond positively if they can see improvements in the areas where you set your goals.  Moniter and adjust the plan as needed with weather, etc., but try to keep to the goals discussed with leadership. 


Parents Help Schools Get Free Musical Instruments
Educators have long sung the praises of music programs, whether it has been for the academic and creative skills they can foster or the confidence it builds in children. Encouraging kids to join a school band or orchestra can be easy, even for parents who are less than musically inclined.

Experts say the key is to provide plenty of support, just as you would with any other positive endeavor. In the case of music programs, that can mean encouraging kids to practice their instruments regularly, getting to know the band or orchestra director, and even becoming a school music booster. For instance, a new incentive program called SMART Parents sponsored through Conn-Selmer Inc., allows parents to earn points for their children’s music programs at school. With the SMART Parents program, parents are really supporting the music program because the points can be used by the school to get free instruments that the school normally purchases. These can include bass drums, tubas and bass clarinets for the band or string basses for the orchestra. The music program can grow and everyone wins! Many instrument brands qualify, including Bach, Selmer, C.G. Conn, Armstrong, King, Holton, Ludwig, Emerson, Leblanc, Vito and Artley band instruments and Scherl & Roth and Glaesel string instruments.

To participate in the program, parents need only ask their child’s band director to enroll the school. When the school participates, parents can register their new or used instrument at and the school music program will start collecting reward points.This website also provides parents valuable information on how they can support school music programs and their children’s musical interests. It features information on topics such as “Knowing and Working with Your Director”, “Buying or Renting an Instrument”, and “Choosing a Music Store”, just to name a few, as well as other tips to make parents informed partners with instrumental music programs.

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