September 11th, 2023
Rent from your local music store – help support the community and be assured of great instruments and excellent customer service. While we do our rentals through a bigger company called Menchey Music Services, we make sure your instrument is right for you, that all the accessories are included, and that the string instruments are in tune when you walk out the door! Band instruments don’t have to be tuned but they need reeds and cleaning cloths and maybe a reminder as to how to take care of them. Call us for prices. Like all rental companies, there is a 4 month special deal going on until November. The good news on our contracts is that you are not locked into the contract BUT if you continue to pay on the instrument you will eventually pay it off. Stringed instruments can be exchanged for bigger sizes with no hassle and it’s free. Try us for your next rental! (We just don’t rent tubas – sorry…)
September 16th, 2023
Here are some wonderful new titles from International Music Co. For those of us who know this particular publisher they have a backlist of standard titles but here they are tempting us with some interesting new music. I love the idea of 6 cellos playing Tristan und Isolde! And of course, a solid shout out to Amy Beach in this clarinet arrangement of Berceuse Opus 40/2 originally for violin and piano. The music is in stock along with lots of other new titles of all publishers. If we don’t have it in stock we can usually get it for you!
July 22nd, 2023
In the Autumn of 1923, Karl Votterle, the founder of Baerenreiter, produced the first music editions for the esteemed German publishing company. Initial publications were mostly folk song, choral and organ editions. After destruction during WWII, Baerenrenreiter regrouped with the start of the extensive German music encyclopedia MGG as well as numerous editions of scholarly-critical complete editions such as the “New Mozart Edition” and the “New Bach Edition” from which the “practical” or performing editions have been based on. To celebrate the anniversary year they are doing jubilee editions many of which are bestsellers from their catalogue – see below. And as a gift to musicians, music lovers, and Baerenreiter fans these are at great prices that we think you will love! Call us for more information and pricing.
May 1st, 2023
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!
January 1st, 2023
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!
April 24th, 2022
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.
August 30th, 2018
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)
February 20th, 2014
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.