RPMDA Reflections from the NAMM Historical Project

by Dan Del Fiorentino, NAMM One of the bonuses of attending a gathering at RPMDA is the insight you gain, often when you least expect it.  We all expect to gather great ideas at the Best Ideas session and all the wonderful educational programs but learning a different approach to customer service at the bar …

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Celebrate the Best Communities for Music Education: a Win-Win for Your Busines

This spring The NAMM Foundation recognized 583 school districts and 135 schools in 41 states as Best Communities for Music Education (BCME). In its 19th year, NAMM’s BCME program recognizes the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations are given to districts …

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Trending Halloween Costumes: Print Tie-Ins/Recitals

By Tim Cose, Hal Leonard According to a National Retail Federation survey, Halloween consumer spending is expected to reach $9 billion in 2108. This is triple the spending in 2005. Whether it’s social media selfie fever or a serious national sweet-tooth, Halloween spending has had a strong upward trend for the past decade. It’s also a …

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Luyben Music Congratulates Don Shoberg on His Retirement

Luyben Music Celebrates Don Shoberg’s Retirement After 63 years of loyal, caring, and expert service, Don Shoberg is retiring from Luyben Music effective September 20, 2018. Don came into Luyben Music in the fall of 1954 to buy a clarinet reed (he’s a trumpet player) for a methods class he was taking while pursuing a …

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The SWIM Fund: Supporting Strong Women in Music

By Andrea Pelloquin, West Music Company Last spring the NAMM Foundation created the SWIM Fund, which stands for Strong Women in Music.  The fund was created to support women in the music products industry in the development of their leadership skills and aspirations.  The fund will support women by providing the following: Professional development opportunities …

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The 2018 RPMDA Super-Colossal Summer Road Trip Song Trivia Quiz

by Danny Smolenski, Alfred Music [To download the questions, click here: 2018_Road_Trip_Song_Trivia_Quiz] Summer is the time for vacations and holidays… and ROAD TRIPS! In this spirit let’s take a musical journey through the United States and Canada. Each trivia question answer is the title of a song that has the name of a U. S. state …

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RPMDA Members Celebrate Make Music Day in a Big Way!

by Andrea Pelloquin, West Music Company June 21st was Make Music Day in more than 800 cities in more than 120 countries, celebrating the love of making music in our communities.  Events are free and open to anyone who wants to participate.  Our RPMDA member organizations took advantage of the occasion to showcase both the …

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Best Ideas Part Two

Compiled by Tim Cose, Hal Leonard Madeleine Crouch IDEA: Use RallyUp as a resource to manage your sweepstakes and fundraisers! The website is https://rallyup.com/. This is a company that manages online sweepstakes fundraisers for charities and non-profit causes. If a retailer wanted to team up with a local school district to raise money for music …

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