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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A Conversation with Madeleine Crouch – 2018 Dorothy Award Recipient

by Christie Smith, Alfred Music There are some people in this world that are put here to draw us together, to show us what we can accomplish when we work together, and Madeleine Crouch is one of those people. I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing my friend and mentor, who received the Dorothy Award …

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Thank You to Our 2018 Convention Sponsors!

A big THANK YOU to the sponsors of RPMDA 2018 for their support of our Minneapolis convention. These vital financial contributions enable us to continue presenting the best possible convention experience, and we simply couldn’t do it without them. Please let them know that you appreciate their support of this organization! Diamond Level Alfred Music …

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Best Ideas – RPMDA Convention 2018

Images © 2018 Richard Rejino Photography Lindy Campbell, Music on the Hill (The Winner!) Idea:  Giving new students a list of what they need to buy when they start lessons A consistent problem at my store is that my private music teachers feel uncomfortable “selling” to their students. So last summer, I worked with all …

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Hal Leonard Distribution Center Tour

by Tim Cose, Hal Leonard The RPMDA convention-goers toured the Hal Leonard Corporation facilities on the Wednesday before the convention began. This left plenty of time for attendees to discuss the distribution and production systems and facilities. Our perspective as the audience was unanimous: the Hal Leonard team in Winona took us all on an …

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RPMDA Announces the 2018 Dorothy Honoree and Other Awards

The 2018 RPMDA 42nd Annual Convention in Minneapolis attracted 160 attendees, including 26 exhibitors, and 20 first-time attendees. Among the many convention attractions, members participated in a tour of the Hal Leonard Distribution center in Winona, Minnesota, a visit to member stores, Groth Music Company and Schmitt Music Company, an excursion to Fly Over America in …

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RPMDA 2018: Come for the Content!

Whether you come for a day or for the week, the 2018 RPMDA convention program is truly “The Land of 10,000 Ideas!” This excellent opportunity for professional development includes presentations from top-notch print music professionals and topics ranging from customer service, staffing, and social media to copyrights, technology, and the future of print. Highlights from …

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RPMDA 2018: Reinventing the Exhibit Floor

by Mike Watson, Remenyi Music Your RPMDA board has been hard at work assembling a fantastic assortment of educational sessions, idea sharing platforms and killer social events for our 42nd annual convention (April 25-28). This year, one of the most noticeable changes will be to the publisher exhibits. For many retailers, the opportunity to speak …

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