COVID-19 UPDATE as of July 2021

We are open from 10-4 Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.   If you would like to browse, please wear your mask if you are not fully vaccinated and remember to still practice social distancing.  The pandemic is not over.  We are thankful to  be in business after a difficult year and thank all of you for your support.  We still need it more than ever.

WOMEN MUSICIANS AND COMPOSERS

It’s great to see recognition for women in all areas but we especially like to see women musicians getting noticed these days. Included in these titles are well known women musicians/performers along with some lesser known classical women composers. It is important for new musicians to see and play composers other than Bach, Beethoven and the others. And perhaps these titles might pique the interest of veteran musicians? Take a look – all in stock at the moment or can be ordered in if not.

Instrument Repairs

Our friend, Jeff, repairs brass and woodwind instruments. Though he is not in-house most repairs can be done in 3 to 4 weeks. We can also replace strings on most instruments for a small charge. And we are always happy to offer help and advice.  Just ask!

We Rent Band and Orchestra instruments

Do you need to rent an instrument for your child or even for yourself? We carry a good selection of band and orchestra instruments in stock and get regular weekly deliveries from Menchey Music, the company that we work with for rentals. These are good quality student instruments perfect for the student starting out in band or orchestra. With the insurance plan the instruments are taken care of if anything should go wrong including damage such as dropping the instrument out of the back of the car (yes, it has happened). Give us a call and ask for our rates. Cartoon orchestra

Chart Hits 2020-2021 and Sea Shanties!

Baerenreiter presents Beethoven’s Complete Piano Sonatas

The well-respected German publisher, Baerenreiter Verlag, has been slowly but surely publishing each of Beethoven’s piano sonatas throughout the last year(s) as singles but now they have released all of these in 3 beautiful volumes carefully edited by Jonathan Del Mar who has edited all 9 Beethoven Symphonies for Baerenreiter along with all the concertos, piano sonatas, the cello sonatas and variations, and string quartets. Needless to say, he is a Beethoven expert and scholar second to none. These new volumes of the piano sonatas challenge the other editions such as Henle Verlag, Wiener Urtext, ABRSM, and others. Here is what professional pianists are saying  https://www.baerenreiter.com/en/focus/beethoven-2020/piano-music/pianists-on-jonathan-del-mars-edition/

NEW Used instruments for sale in the store as of March 2019

From time-to-time we have customers who want to sell their instruments for various reasons but mostly because the student has graduated or moved on to other things. Instead of letting the instruments waste away in their attics they smartly sell them and you benefit from the fair prices offered. Though we do not claim to be experts we are honest and the sellers we work with are good people. So if you are tired of gambling on Craig’s List or Ebay then give us a call to see what we have.  In stock right now:

Go to our Instruments page to learn more.

Call or stop by to learn more or to see the instruments at any time. (610.649.8842)

Calliope is proud to sell local piano teacher’s anthology

Christine Carlson Cacioppo has been teaching piano to students of all ages for many years and out of this experience come self-published collections that all teachers can benefit from. How many times do you say “I really should put together my own repertoire anthology”? I stopped counting. While there are tons of collections out there very few have all of the requirements that I insist on like standard repertoire, good fingering, editing, and nice layout on the page as well as a binding that will stay on the piano. Christine has accomplished this in her two volumes of Treasures from the Piano Bench, a collection of original piano compositions that children love to play, and now a new title to help the older beginner: Classic Piano for the Adult Beginner.

In addition to her private studio, Christine teaches “Introduction to Piano” at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges and is a member of the piano faculty at The Haverford School’s Conservatory of Music. She holds degrees in piano performance (Kent State University) and musicology (New York University) and continues to study and perform. In other words, she has the experience and perseverance to put these volumes together. Stop by and take a look! It’s always good to support local musicians.

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Digital Downloads Available

For years we have resisted downloading music for many reasons mostly because the end product was not very good. Technology forges ahead and now we are able to provide you with decent copies of the latest singles, an oldie that your mother sang to put you to sleep, or the flute part to a band piece that went “missing”. And the best part is that it is legal – we pay a yearly membership fee with both Alfred’s Publishing and Hal Leonard to get access to their digital files. Though we still love the look of traditional music and the pictures of Lady Gaga on the covers, sometimes you need an audition piece today or a request for a wedding or funeral as soon as possible. We can help.  Just ask!