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2019 Step-Up Sale

Step Up To your amazing new instrument. What is a "step-up"? Like cars, computers, or sports gear, instruments have different levels of quality. Beginners start on "student models," designed for durability and easy of playing. As players advance and grow (physically and musically), they will outgrow their instrument- much like a bicyclist will outgrow their training wheels. For students [...]

November 6th, 2019|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

5 Tips for a Better Sounding Drum

5 Tips for a Better Sounding Drum Believe it or not, there’s more to drumming than just hitting a drum. Here are five quick tips to sound like a pro! 1.Tune the batter head for feel Most drums have two heads: batter and resonant. The batter head, as you can probably guess, is the top [...]

March 1st, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

How to Tune a Drum Head

How to Tune a Drum Head Learning to tune a drum head is just as important as knowing your flams and paradiddles. And just like rudiments, tuning takes practice. If your first try doesn't meet your expectations, don't give up; it may take several attempts to find the right sound. Learning the Cross [...]

March 1st, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

Winter Care Tips for Orchestral Instruments

Winter Care Tips for Orchestral Instruments Cold weather can take a toll on any wooden instrument. Violins, violas, cellos, and basses are especially fragile due to the thinness of the wood and the pressure the strings put on the instrument. During the winter, you want to avoid quick temperature changes and low humidity. Here [...]

January 19th, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

How to Oil Valves on Trumpet, Baritone, or Tuba

How to Oil Valves on Trumpet, Baritone, and Tuba To keep your trumpet, baritone, or tuba playing great, get in the habit of regularly oiling your valves. Our technicians recommend an oiling schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for daily players. If you only play a few times a week, always begin with a fresh oiling. Oiling does more [...]

January 17th, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

Prairie Winds Ensemble Concert – March 19, 2017

The Prairie Wind Ensemble Concert The Prairie Wind Ensemble, in residence at Illinois Central College, will present their third concert of the season on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.  This concert will be presented in the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center in East Peoria, Illinois. This concert will be the “inaugural” [...]

March 1st, 2017|School Concerts|0 Comments

FP-30 Contest Piano Sale 2017

Roland FP-30 Digital Piano Sale The Music Shoppe supplied Roland FP-30 Digital Pianos for 2017 Solo & Ensemble contests this year, and they are now available for sale at a reduced price of $699! This piano package included the FP-30 keyboard with 88 fully-weighted keys, three-pedal unit, and matching stand. It regularly retails for $873, [...]

February 28th, 2017|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Bloomington High School Bands Winter Concert

Bloomington High School Winter Concert The Bloomington High School Concert Band and Wind Symphony will be performing a concert this Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:00pm. Ms. Pamela Kelly will be conducting the Concert Band to begin the evening. They will be performing Corsican Litany (1976) by Vaclav Nelhybel and Canadian Sketches (1990) by David [...]

February 9th, 2017|School Concerts|0 Comments

Small Business Saturday at The Music Shoppe

Small Business Saturday: November 26, 2016 Shoppe Small all weekend long! The Music Shoppe is celebrating Small Business Saturday with our largest sale yet! Prices will be honored Friday 11/25/2016 through Sunday 11/27/2016 in-store only. The deals listed below represent discounts off our already competitive year-round pricing. Because of varying inventory, not all stores are able [...]

November 21st, 2016|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Step-Up Events at The Music Shoppe

Step-Up your band instrument at The Music Shoppe TMS-Normal: November 7th-12th TMS-Champaign: November 15th-19th TMS-Springfield: December 1st-3rd The Music Shoppe's Step-Up events are the best opportunity to move from your beginner band instrument to intermediate or professional horns. The largest inventory of the year is on-hand and ready to be played. Special offers are [...]

November 7th, 2016|Miscellaneous|0 Comments