Music for All recently announced that Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser has joined the organization as senior educational advisor.
The 2010 Summer NAMM Show featured countless innovative musical products covering the entire spectrum of music making. MMR’s sister publication, School Band & Orchestra, enlisted educators attending the Nashville trade show to seek out the best tools for use in music classrooms, with the winning products being named at a special presentation on June 20th. The panel of educators helped select and introduce the following products in12 widely varying categories, declaring them SBO’s 2010 Summer NAMM Show Best Tools for Schools.
For many MI dealers, student band and orchestra instrument sales have become an ever-larger segment of their business. If a dealer and a school develop a good working relationship, both parties benefit: For the dealer, the school can become a consistent, frequent customer; for a school or an idividual music teacher, the dynamic of trust and dependability in such an association is often important. To find out more about MI buying patterns when it comes to student band and orchestra instruments, MMR sent out a survey to over 1,500 music educators across the country. We found out, not surprisingly, that behind every decision is a budget. For most schools, that’s the bottom line.
…Yamaha sees educators warm to Silent String products. Yamaha is on the move promoting their Silent Electric String Quartet, and they think they’ve hit upon a key: it’s the “un-clinic.”
Continuing a longstanding annual tradition, the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD) staged its 46th convention Mar. 26-29. This year’s event was held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, close by Disney World and other holiday attractions in Orlando, Fla. As in the past, the convention received stalwart financial support from its associate members, including band & orchestral suppliers, music publishers, and NAMM. Gold Sponsors this year were Buffet Crampon, Conn-Selmer, Jupiter, and Yamaha. Silver Sponsors were D’Addario, Gemstone, Hal Leonard, NAMM, Eastman Strings, and Progress Publications. Twenty-three other companies contributed as Bronze and General Sponsors.