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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, May 18, 2009


The PMC Quick Note is a service provided to all area directors. It is part of our mission to support the lives of band directors across the Midwest. The 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!

Teaching through the arts motivates children and increases their aptitude for learning.

-- Eric Jensen, Arts With the Brain in Mind, 2001

Yamaha Saxophones Factory Tour

Check out this cool YouTube video showing a short tour of the Yamaha saxophone plant. See how the instruments are formed, engraved, assembled, and prepared for shipment. Click on the image below to watch the video.

Free Staff Paper!

This site ( site produces multiple versions of free staff paper including regular 10-stave paper, grand staff, guitar tab, and more.

Quick Note On Vacation

We want to thank all of the Quick Note readers and contributors for a great year. It is our sincere goal to support and enrich the lives of the directors with whom we work. Relationships are the key of our business and we want to continue to strengthen those ties. Please enjoy a restful summer break and we will resume our Quick Notes in mid-August. We have some exciting things on the horizon and we want you to be a part of it. If you have any suggestions or comments, please let me know. We appreciate your business very much and ask for your continued support. Together, we can touch thousands of students' lives and bring the joy of music to our communities.

Eric Matzat
Palen Music Center

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 Bob Hopkins, Mike Brown, and Jeromy Pope (417) 882-7000
Columbia Robert Pitts and Stephenie Algya (573) 256-5555
Liberty Ken Crisp and Dick Murdock (816) 792-8301
Joplin Wayne Blades, Scott Frederickson, and Zach Houser (417) 781-3100
Broken Arrow Mark VanVranken and Tiffany Hanson (918) 770-6827


If you would like to submit material, make corrections, give comments, or wish to be removed from this mailing list, please contact Eric Matzat.