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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, January 16, 2012


The PMC Quick Note 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.


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When The Cat's Away......

This time of year, many directors are away from their students to attend state music conventions. We asked around to find out what area programs are doing for substitute plans. Here is a list of ideas that were shared with our road reps:

  • Line up a retired band director as your substitute so that rehearsals can continue
  • Have drum majors run pep music for the high school
  • Pick leaders for every class if running music. Each has their own "thing" they were in charge of running.
  • Theory worksheets
  • Sectionals with specific instructions
  • Instrument cleaning day
  • Students who are preparing an ensemble for contest can practice together in practice rooms/offices while other students bring a book and just read.
  • Music video like Blast or Mr. Holland's Opus
  • Prepare a listening log that students need to fill out. Have the substitute play the music and then the students write about what they hear. (Do they like the piece and why, what instruments are dominant, what time period the piece is likely from, etc.)
  • Pull out marching band performance videos from each of the last 5-10 years, play them, and reminisce
  • Band room cleaning day - give specific assignments to each student or section. This can include filing music, cleaning the uniform room, cleaning out the equipment trailer, or other tasks.

We look forward to seeing you at the conventions!

Incredible Convention Specials

Stop by our booth at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Convention or the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention for incredible specials too low to advertise! We are offering Mollard Batons, Yamaha C24 Pocketrak handheld digital recorders, and Roland RMP5 rhythm coach drum pads at WAY below normal pricing. Come by, say hello, and check out the great deals. See you soon!

Contact Your Local Palen Music Center Representative


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, Wayne Blades, Jason Moore, Mike Steffen, AAron Bryan (417) 882-7000
Columbia Paul Bowen (573) 256-5555
Liberty Ken Crisp and Victoria Clymore (816) 792-8301
Joplin AAron Bryan (417) 781-3100
Broken Arrow Jeff Lawless, Walter Pitts, and Mark VanVranken (918) 286-1555


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