Why Mouthpiece Test?

One of the best ways to help a band director to ensure his new students’ success in band, and to ensure they stay in band, is to do careful and detailed mouthpiece testing, or “play testing,” as some retailers call it. If you take your time to do this, you will begin to build relationships with the beginning students and their parents, and help your band program a take a huge step forward at the same time.

An Open Letter to Parents of Future Band and Orchestra Students

Congratulations! Your child has chosen to start band or strings class this fall! This is exciting! But naturally, you are also apprehensive – “How much will this cost?” “Will my child like it?” “How do we choose the right instrument?” “Will my child stick with it? After all, he’s tried karate, gymnastics, piano, and soccer ... and quit them all.”  “Does my child even have any musical ability?”

Music Educators: Back To School 2017

A new school year, and with it the long days setting drill on the hot pavement, the squeaks and splats of new beginners, and the craziness of back to school time. But we also see the camaraderie grow within those marching ranks, and the excitement on the faces of those new beginners when they see their new instruments for the first time. This is what keeps us coming back year after year. Not only coming back, but looking forward to doing what we love best - teaching music.

Leenman, SC Businesswoman Awarded 2017 She Rocks! Award

ANAHEIM, CA — Tracy E. Leenman, owner of Musical Innovations of Greenville, SC, has been named winner of the 2017 She Rocks Eneterprise Award by the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN). The award was presented on January 20, 2017, in Anaheim, CA, as part of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) annual winter Trade Show. One of the most prestigious and recognized events honoring women in the music industry today, the She Rocks Awards pay tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry.