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This second volume of Professional Piano Teaching is designed to serve as a basic text for a second-semester or upper-division piano pedagogy course. It provides an overview of learning principles and a thorough approach to essential aspects of teaching intermediate to advanced students.

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Hal Leonard has just released two new genre-specific methods for piano and keyboard: The Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method by Mark Davis is a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide designed for anyone interested in playing jazz piano – from the complete novice to the more advanced player who wishes to enhance their keyboard vocabulary.

Read more: Hal Leonard Jazz & Blues Piano Methods and First 50 Christmas Carols You Should Play on the Piano

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Tama SuperstarAll Superstar Classic features Tama’s signature thin maple shells, along with vintage style low-mass single lugs, and the sustain-enhancing Star-Mount tom mounting system. Triple-flange hoops allow for a more open, resonant sound from the toms and snare, while all-maple bass drum hoops help deliver robust, yet tight bottom-end. 

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Overture 2Williams just introduced two next-generation, 88-key console digital pianos. The Rhapsody 2 and Overture 2 feature exquisite finishes, a new weighted hammer action, high-definition sounds from Williams’ all-new custom sound library, and an impressive feature set.

Read more: Williams Overture 2 and Rhapsody 2

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The MS9210 and MS9212 are the first round-base models added to the company’s expanding Professional Series. Both new models feature a low profile base, yet maintain no-compromise, heavy duty components suitable for professional theater, concert, and broadcast applications.

Read more: On-Stage Stands Round Base Microphone Stands

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Warm up with AIM Gifts Winter Wear line of scarves, hats, and gloves.  With over 100 different winter items to choose from, you will find something for everyone on your holiday list. Pictured are the keyboard knit, pashmina, and cashmere-like notes scarves with fingerless gloves and knit hat. AIM Gifts offers 10,000 different music gift accessories.


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D’Addario All-Natural Reed GuardD’Addario All-Natural Cork Grease and Reed Guard

This premium cork grease is all-natural – made with a unique blend of natural and organic materials. It provides and retains ample, non-greasy lubrication to keep corks at their best and prevent them from breaking down.  

Read more: July New Products

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Chloe Dress for girls and youth

SBO presents some of the latest uniform and footwear designs plus new field equipment for marching bands and color guards from leading manufacturers.

Read more: Pictorial: Style and Sound - Uniforms, Footwear, and Field Equipment for 2015

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Romantic Encounters for MarimbaMeredith Music announced the publication of Romantic Encounters for Marimba by Jack Van Geem, edited by Anthony J. Cirone. ISBN 978-1-57463-021-3; $19.95. Romantic guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega was born in Spain on November 21st 1852.

He was trained at the Madrid Conservatory where he studied composition and was proficient on both guitar and piano. Virtuoso marimbist Jack Van Geem’s transcriptions of Tárrega’s works add new literature for solo marimba. Detailed interpretive notes accompany each piece providing the marimbist with Van Geem’s insightful interpretive suggestions.

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Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music is now available online.  This online version is constantly being updated and is completely searchable: Need an arrangement of “Pomp and Circumstance” for graduation? Choose from the 37 different arrangements listed! Looking for a tune for a Thanksgiving concert?  The Encyclopedia lists 30 different selections! Looking for a tune by a composer named Williams?  The Encyclopedia lists 82 composers with that name.

Read more: Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

On the Road

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Directors who make a Difference

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